Tomorrow’s Short Film unveiling is scheduled to be the last official Sundance slate release before the festival kicks off. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, Diego Boneta. Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher. (Director: Charlie Mc Dowell, Screenwriters: Charlie Mc Dowell, Justin Lader) — In a world where the afterlife has just been scientifically proven—resulting in millions of people taking their own lives to get there—comes this love story. Together, they reclaim a piece of the women they used to be. She sees a light at the end of the tunnel when she meets the recently divorced Boone. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth, resulting in a life-altering friendship. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Almereyda) — 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. (Director: Dee Rees, Screenwriters: Virgil Williams, Dee Rees) — In the post– World War II South, two families are pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad. But with big dreams came big mistakes for the man who became the “King of Pennsylvania Polka.” Cast: Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, J. Cast: Levi Miller, Bryan Brown, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Thomas Cocquerel, Jason Isaacs. (Showrunners: Kat Likkel, John Hoberg, Creators: Michael Killen, Samm Hodges) — The story of a struggling millennial, Nan, as observed from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. The Festival will premiere two episodes of this docuseries, Spark of Madness and Going Blue, followed by an extended Q&A. The Festival will present the first three episodes of this Amazon original series, followed by an extended Q&A. (Director and creator: Kyle Dunnigan) — The daughter of an earth-shatteringly boring couple, along with the son of an equally humdrum set of parents, have decided to plot their parents’ murders. Cast: Max Burkholder, Odessa Young, Adam Long, Ben Winchell, Kelli Mayo, Graham Beckel.In the meantime, take a look at the latest and rich Sundance lineups from today below: PREMIERES A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. World Premiere Call Me by Your Name / Italy, France (Director: Luca Guadagnino, Screenwriters: James Ivory, Luca Guadagnino) — The sensitive and cultivated Elio, only child of the American-Italian-French Perlman family, is facing another lazy summer at his parents’ villa in the beautiful and languid Italian countryside when Oliver, an academic who has come to help with Elio’s father’s research, arrives. Cast: Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, Ron Canada. Cast: Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, Adam Levine. Together, they discover how to make it through the tough times while realizing they like each other—a lot. Cast: Shirley Mac Laine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Thomas Sadoski, Philip Baker Hall. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? This epic pioneer story is about friendship, heritage and the unending struggle for and against the land. North American Premiere SPECIAL EVENTS One-of-a-kind moments highlighting new independent works that add to the unique Festival experience. The Festival will premiere the first four episodes of the series, followed by an extended Q&A with the cast, creators and showrunners. Cast: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne, Roberta Colindrez, India Menuez, Phoebe Robinson. Exploring the intersection of sex and technology, it tells stories of intimacy, connection, disconnection, self-promotion, race, and gender politics. (Writers: Giles Andrew, Dan Marshall, Creators: Giles Andrew, Dan Marshall, Alex Bourne) — Uprooted from their Midwestern life, Bennett, a new stay-at-home dad, and Julie, a working mom, are forced to take their kids on playdates inside the elitist parenting culture of Silicon Beach. Cast: Kyle Dunnigan, Kevin Berntson, Candace Brown, Margee Magee, Grace van Dien, Doug Noble. World Premiere Made in Cuba — We are proud to present these three cinematic and affecting Cuban short documentaries, reflecting Sundance Institute’s longstanding commitment to international artists.
A., Syria, Czech Republic (Director: Evgeny Afineevsky) — This documentary attempts to recontextualize the European migrant crisis and ongoing hostilities in Syria, through eyewitness and participant testimony. It’s a story about unconditional love and finding the courage to be yourself.
Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995 is the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history; this documentary explores how a series of deadly encounters between American citizens and federal law enforcement—including the standoffs at Ruby Ridge and Waco—led to it. World Premiere Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities / U. They have been unapologetically Black for 150 years. World Premiere This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous / U. One family’s acceptance is tested when a champion diver, destined for the Olympics, announces he’s transitioning into a woman—and invites his You Tube followers along for every moment.
Co-starring past Sundancer Jason Segel and Rooney Mara, the Charlie Mc Dowell-helmed and co-written pic is one of 18 dramas making their world debut at the festival, set for January 19-29. (Director: Andrew Dosunmu, Screenwriters: Andrew Dosunmu, Darci Picoult) — Pushed to the brink after losing her job, a woman struggles to survive. The discovery of a distressed child wandering in the woods unleashes a terrifying chain of events that will test the young couple’s breaking point. Travel between screens and aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived. Cast: Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. His presence, so soon after the German defeat, ignites passions.
Additionally, Sundance 2017 sees performances by Cate Blanchett, Kevin Spacey, Holly Hunter, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. As the months pass and her troubles deepen, she embarks on a perilous and mysterious journey that threatens to usurp her life. Cast: Aaron Pedersen, Ian Meadows, Harriet Dyer, Aaron Glenane. Cast: Iesha Coston, Zack Fox, Hannibal Buress, The Buttress, Tim Heidecker, Mali Matsuda. Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber, Johann von Bülow, Anton von Lucke.
In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. World Premiere Killing Ground / Australia (Director and screenwriter: Damien Power) — Ian and Samantha arrive at an isolated campsite to find an SUV and a tent—with no sign of the occupants. (Director: Steven Ellison, Screenwriters: Steven Ellison, David Firth, Zach Fox) — Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, this story is tangled up in the aftermath of Los Angeles’s worst earthquake nightmare. (Director and screenwriter: Jeff Baena) — A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a dysfunctional convent in medieval Tuscany. One day a young Frenchman, Adrien, also lays flowers at the grave.
(Director: Craig Johnson, Screenwriter: Daniel Clowes) — 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. World Premiere DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES Renowned filmmakers and films about far-reaching subjects comprise this section highlighting our ongoing commitment to documentaries. This concert documentary evolves into an exploration of youth culture in a country on the precipice of change. MIDNIGHT From horror and comedy to works that defy genre classification, these films will keep you wide awake, even at the most arduous hour. Cast: Nigel O’Neill, Susan Lynch, Józef Pawłowski, Stuart Graham, Anna Próchniak, Ian Mc Elhinney. Cast: Jason Ritter, Jaime King, Marianna Palka, Brighton Sharbino, Rio Mangini, Kingston Foster. Cast: Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow, Angelic Zambrana, Jeremie Harris, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Arturo Castro. World Premiere SPOTLIGHT The Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love from throughout the past year. Frantz / France, Germany (Director: François Ozon, Screenwriters: François Ozon, Philippe Piazzo) — In a small German town after World War I, Anna mourns daily at the grave of her fiancé, Frantz, killed in battle in France.With the emergence of a greater TV presence in recent years, the Special Events portion of the SFF 2017 program will feature returns to Sundance for Rashdia Jones and Jill Soloway with the opening episodes of Jones’ Netflix docu-series “Some of the most pressing themes that we can trace through the Festival lineup — the environment, political upheaval, social change — are distilled to their very human essences in both comic and dramatic stories,” noted SFF Director John Cooper on Monday of the latest slates. (Director and screenwriter: Danny Strong) — This portrait of the life and mind of reclusive author J. Salinger goes from the bloody front lines of World War II to his early rejections and the PTSD-fueled writer’s block that led to his iconic novel, The Catcher in the Rye. A., Canada (Director: Mark Palansky, Screenwriters: Michael Vukadinovich, Mark Palansky) — A visionary inventor found dead. Cast: Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Anton Yelchin, Henry Ian Cusick, Evelyne Brochu. Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank. Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas, Joana Preiss.“These stories, and the conversations they spark, start here and will extend well beyond the mountain and the festival in the months ahead.” Related Sundance 2017: Hulk Hogan Trial, Anton Yelchin & Ferguson Unrest Among Pics On U. Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Zoey Deutch, Hope Davis, Victor Garber. Sami Blood / Sweden (Director and screenwriter: Amanda Kernell) — Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. (Director: Michael Barnett) — Aspiring teenage astronauts reveal that a journey to Mars is closer than you think. SALT LAKE CITY OPENING NIGHT FILM My Life as a Zucchini / Switzerland, France (Director: Claude Barras, Screenwriter: Céline Sciamma) — After his mother’s death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to a foster home filled with other orphans his age. (Director: Barak Goodman) — The bombing of the Alfred P. These are the new heroes of conservation, deep in America’s heartland. THE NEW CLIMATE TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life Of Laird Hamilton / U. Transcending the surf genre, this in-depth portrait of a hard-charging athlete explores the fear, courage and ambition that push a man to greatness— and the cost that comes with it. (Director: Stanley Nelson) — A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and path of promise toward the American dream— Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. (Director: Barbara Kopple) — Are there limits to your love for your family? (Directors: Susan Froemke, John Hoffman, Beth Aala) — From the Montana Rockies to the wheat fields of Kansas and the Gulf of Mexico, families who work the land and sea are crossing political divides to find unexpected ways to protect the natural resources vital to their livelihoods. (Director: Rory Kennedy) — This is the remarkable story of an American icon who changed the sport of big wave surfing forever.Cast: Tyler Vickers, Kel Owens, Ron Gilbert, Gloria Vonn, Lucille Sharp, Brooklyn Robinson. The Festival will premiere eight short-form episodes of this otherworldly horror-comedy series. World Premiere Short-Form Episodic Series — A celebration of the evolving landscape of content consumption, we present these short-form episodic series as new voices in the medium, defying broadcast boilerplates with a redefinition of traditional episodic conventions. Cast: Josh Feldman, Shoshannah Stern, Aaron Costa Ganis, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Darryl Stephens, Wilson Cruz. Bicultural millennials and old-school business owners hustle to create spaces that celebrate their Latino identities— even while faced with rent hikes, a housing crisis, and a steady stream of outsiders threatening to gentrify their barrio. (Director: Mia Lidofsky, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Executive Producers: Michael B.