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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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
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.
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.
Starring: Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow, Angelic Zambrana, Jeremie Harris, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Arturo Castro.
Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Nestor Carbonell, Amari Cheatom.
The Incredible Jessica James
Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2017.
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.
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.
Starring: Richard Vevers, Zackery Rago, Ruth Gates, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Mark Eakin, John “Charlie” Veron.
Winner of the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2017.
Starring: Dina Buno, Scott Levin.
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.
Sundance Film Festival UK Shorts
Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour
Sundance Film Festival: London Docs Panel – On Collaboration: Documentary Practices and Process
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
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
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.