Sundance Film Festival from Colorado comes to London this weekend and features a lineup of 14 films that were shown at the popular festival in January. This year’s festival will take place from June 1st – 4th at Central London’s gorgeous Picturehouse Central. Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer:
The opening night film is Beatriz at Dinner where Selma Hayek plays Beatriz, a poor Mexican-American holistic practitioneer who finds herself at a wealthy client’s dinner party. Also starring John Lithgow and Choe Sevigny.
The Big Sick is a rom-com about a Pakistani-American man and his white American girlfriend who negotiate family interferences in their relationship. With Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.
There are two films at the festival that take place in New York’s Brooklyn neighborhoods. In Crown Heights, one man is wrongly convicted of murder in this true-life miscarriage of justice. Crown Heights was the Audience Award Winner at the January Sundance festival. Bushwick deals with a woman (Brittany Snow) who steps out of the subway to discover her neighborhood is under seige from militia forces.
Recent Best Actor winner Casey Affleck plays a ghost who was recently deceased and returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his wife (Rooney Mara) in A Ghost Story.
The unusual Bitch stars Marianna Palka who plays an unhappy housewife and mother who, when she snaps, turns int a vicious dog. A bit strange and unusual….
Woody Harrelson is Wilson, a middle aged man who lives alone with his dog and who is on a mission to track down his ex-wife only to discover that he has a teenage daughter.
The documentary Dina, winner of the Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize, is an unconventional love story about two autistic adults; while another documentary – Icarus – takes an investigative look at doping in sports. And also scheduled into the program is a fan favorite Surprise Film on Friday night.
Short films will also be played at the festival, and include Come Swim, the directorial debut of Kirsten Stewart, and Tough, about a mother-daughter misunderstanding. There will also be events during the weekend, including several of the directors and stars will be attending post screening Q&A’s. One of the highlights should be a discussion called Independent Film Trumps Reality where movie makers discuss movies in the current political climate.
To buy tickets to any of the screenings and events, please go to picturehouses.com/sundance. Festival passes as well individual screening tickets are both sold.
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Article by Tim Baros