2017 Sundance Film Festival: London Programme Revealed - Picturehouse Spotlight

2017 Sundance Film Festival: London Programme Revealed

Sundance Film Festival returns to Picturehouse Central from 1 to 4 June, bringing you the best of the annual festival from…

Sundance Film Festival returns to Picturehouse Central from 1 to 4 June, bringing you the best of the annual festival from across the pond.

Explore the full programme below.

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Dramatic Features

Beatriz At Dinner

Dir. Miguel Arteta.
Starring: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloe Sevigny, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Connie Britton

Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. International Premiere.

The Big Sick

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Director: Michael Showalter.
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher.

Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, but they struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. International Premiere.


Director: Marianna Palka.
Starring: Jason Ritter, Jaime King, Marianna Palka, Brighton Sharbino, Rio Mangini,
Kingston Foster.

A woman snaps under crushing life pressures and assumes the psyche of a vicious dog. Her philandering, absentee husband is forced to become reacquainted with his four children and sister-in-law as they attempt to keep the family together during this bizarre crisis. International Premiere.


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Director: Cary Murnion, Jonathan Millot.
Starring: Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow, Angelic Zambrana, Jeremie Harris, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Arturo Castro.
Lucy emerges from a Brooklyn subway to find that her neighborhood is under attack by black-clad military soldiers. An ex-Marine corpsman, Stupe, reluctantly helps her fight for survival through a civil war, as Texas attempts to secede from the United States of America. UK Premiere.

Crown Heights

Director: Matt Ruskin
Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Nestor Carbonell, Amari Cheatom.
When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend, Carl King, devotes his life to proving Colin’s innocence. Adapted from This American Life, this is the incredible true story of their harrowing quest for justice. International Premiere.
Winner of Audience Award: US Dramatic at Sundance Film Festival 2017.

A Ghost Story

Director: David Lowery.
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham, Sonia Acevedo, Rob Zabrecky, Liz Franke.

This is the story of a ghost and the house he haunts. UK Premiere.

The Incredible Jessica James


Director: Jim Strouse
Starring: Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield, Noël Wells.
Jessica James, an aspiring NYC playwright, is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She sees a light at the end of the tunnel when she meets the recently divorced Boone. Together, they discover how to make it through the tough times while realizing they like each other—a lot. European Premiere.

Marjorie Prime

Director: Michael Almereyda.
Starring: Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith, Tim Robbins.
In the near future—a time of artificial intelligence—86-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new companion who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? UK Premiere.

Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2017.

Walking Out


Director: Alex Smith, Andrew Smith.
Starring: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins,Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone.

A teenager journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father. The two struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything. European Premiere.



Director: Craig Johnson.
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines.

Wilson, a lonely, neurotic, and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope, reunites with his estranged wife and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. UK Premiere.

Surprise Film!

For the first time this year the Sundance Film Festival: London will feature a surprise film. We can’t say too much, but it was a favourite among audiences in Utah, and with just one screening this will be among the hottest of the hot tickets. The title will be revealed only when the opening credits roll. Don’t miss out.

Documentary Features

Chasing Coral

Dir. Jeff Orlowski.
Starring: Richard Vevers, Zackery Rago, Ruth Gates, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Mark Eakin, John “Charlie” Veron.
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Special Preview Screening.

Winner of the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2017.



Directors: Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini.
Starring: Dina Buno, Scott Levin.
An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story. Special Preview Screening.
Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2017.



Director: Bryan Fogel.

When Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller involving dirty urine, unexplained death, and Olympic Gold—exposing the biggest scandal in sports history.

Winner of U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: The Orwell Award at Sundance Film Festival 2017.

Shorts Programmes

Sundance Film Festival UK Shorts

SFFL UK Shorts

Welcome to a showcase of visionary new shorts from the UK. A wild ride through fiction, documentary and animation, discovering some of the exciting new filmmaking talent in the country.

Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

SFFL Come Swim

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival, which over the course of its more than 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launch pad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2017 program gives a taste to what the Festival offers. From laugh-out-loud fun to contemplative thoughts about the world we live in, audiences will encounter a variety of emotions and exciting filmmaking.

Special Events

Sundance Film Festival: London Docs Panel – On Collaboration: Documentary Practices and Process

SFFL Docs Panel

Presented by Dropbox
The Sundance Film Festival sets the bar extremely high for its documentary presentations, providing a showcase for some of the most diverse, cutting-edge and challenging works while reflecting something of a state of the art for this exciting and rapidly evolving medium.

Independent Film Trumps Reality – Re-evaluating films in the current political climate and where filmmaking will go from here…


This year’s Sundance Film Festival straddled one of the most important shifts in modern American and world history, with the Festival kicking off under an Obama presidency and closing under President Trump. Understandably, Trump talk was unavoidable in Park City and whilst the films screening were developed and made before the election, many have gained a new level of currency in the age of Trump.

Art vs. Stepping Stone – An Argument: Sundance Meets London

Sundance Film Festival: London 2016 - Sundance Short Masterclass

Presented in association with LSFF (London Short Film Festival)
Sundance and LSFF host a short filmmaker discussion about straddling the worlds of the auteur and the commercial. Are shorts simply a stepping stone or do they sustain a filmmaker throughout a career? With a focus on two women filmmakers, each one working in those potentially opposing areas, we hope for a heated debate and a fascinating discussion.

I Get Overwhelmed: From Saints to Ghosts – David Lowery in Conversation

SFFL aint them bodies

Presented in association with Empire Magazine | Includes screening of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Since his striking, Malick-infused 2013 Sundance Film Festival debut Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Wisconsin-born filmmaker David Lowery has become something of a wunderkind of the U.S. filmmaking scene. His big-budget Disney production Pete’s Dragon (2016) along with this year’s Sundance selection A Ghost Story have both been greeted with rapturous reviews, praising the director’s ability to tackle complex human emotions and diverse genres with a real sense of grace and romanticism. His editing work on films like Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour (2013) and writing on acclaimed indie The Yellow Birds (2017) also demonstrate a talent that is at once multi-faceted and poised with a singular, unique vision. We screen both Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and A Ghost Story this year and welcome David for a career interview which will explore his meteoric rise to filmmaking stardom.

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