Sundance Film Festival 2017

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Beatriz At Dinner Beatriz At Dinner
Beatriz At Dinner and Sidney Hall
Beatriz At Dinner (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Miguel Arteta; Writer: Mike White; Stars: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloë Sevigny, Connie Britton, Nina Arianda, Amy Landecker, John Early, Jay Duplass, David Warshofsky, Natalia Abelleyra)
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.
World premiere
Before I Fall (Year: 2017; Director: Ry Russo-Young; Writer: Maria Maggenti, Lauren Oliver, Gina Prince-Bythewood; Stars: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Jennifer Beals, Diego Boneta, Elena Kampouris, Logan Miller, Alyssa Lynch, Nicholas Lea, Kian Lawley, Medalion Rahimi, Cynthy Wu, Liv Hewson, Erica Tremblay, Claire Corlett, Liam Hall)
Samantha Kingston has everything. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, she wakes up with no future at all. Trapped into reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was.
World premiere
The Big Sick (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Michael Showalter; Writer: Emily V Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani; Stars: Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano, Celeste Arias, Vella Lovell, Matty Cardarople, Bo Burnham, Adeel Akhtar, Linda Emond, Shenaz Treasurywala, Anupam Kher, Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler, Rebecca Naomi Jones)
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.
World premiere
Call Me By Your Name (Country: Italy, France, US, Brazil; Year: 2017; Director: Luca Guadagnino; Writer: Luca Guadagnino, James Ivory, Walter Fasano, André Aciman; Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois)
World premiere
The Discovery (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Charlie McDowell; Writer: Justin Lader, Charlie McDowell; Stars: Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, Ron Canada)
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.
World premiere
Where Is Kyra? Where Is Kyra?
Where Is Kyra? and Wilson
Fun Mom Dinner (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Alethea Jones; Writer: Julie Rudd; Stars: Toni Collette, Adam Scott, Molly Shannon, Katie Aselton, Adam Levine, Kathryn Prescott, Rob Huebel, Paul Rust, Jaz Sinclair, Owen Vaccaro, Bridget Everett, Cooper J. Friedman, Hart Denton, Lindsey Warm, April Martucci)
Four women, whose kids attend the same preschool class, get together for a "fun mom dinner." When the night takes an unexpected turn, these unlikely new friends realise they have more in common than just marriage and motherhood. Together, they reclaim a piece of the women they used to be.
World premiere
The Incredible Jessica James (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: James C Strouse; Writer: James C Strouse; Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Noël Wells, Megan Ketch, Jessica Williams, Evander Duck Jr., Robert King, Anne Carney, Eric Loscheider, McManus Woodend, Gavin Haag)
Jessica James, an aspiring NYC playwright, is struggling to get over a recent break-up. 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 realising they like each other — a lot.
World premiere
The Last Word (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Mark Pellington; Writer: Stuart Ross Fink; Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Thomas Sadoski, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Everett Scott, Ann Jewel, Lee Dixon, Alanna Ubach, Adina Porter, Joel Murray, Sarah Baker, Steven Culp, Marshall Bell, Gedde Watanabe, Joshua Harto)
Harriett is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. 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.
World premiere
Manifesto (Country: Australia, Germany; Year: 2017; Director: Julian Rosefeldt; Writer: Julian Rosefeldt; Stars: Cate Blanchett, Erika Bauer, Carl Dietrich, Marie Borkowski Foedrowitz, Ea-Ja Kim, Marina Michael, Hannelore Ohlendorf, Ottokar Sachse, Ralf Tempel, Jimmy Trash, Andrew Upton)
Can history’s art manifestos apply to contemporary society? An homage to the 20th Century’s most impassioned artistic statements and innovators, from Futurists and Dadaists to Pop Art, Fluxus, Lars von Trier and Jim Jarmusch, this series of reenactments performed by Cate Blanchett explores these declarations’ performative components and political significance.
World premiere
Marjorie Prime (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Michael Almereyda; Writer: Michael Almereyda, Jordan Harrison; Stars: Geena Davis, Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins, Lois Smith, Stephanie Andujar, Leslie Lyles, Bill Walters, Azumi Tsutsui)
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?
World premiere
Before I Fall Before I Fall
Before I Fall and Wind River
Mudbound (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Dee Rees; Writer: Hillary Jordan, Dee Rees, Dee Rees, Virgil Williams; Stars: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jonathan Banks, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige, Kerry Cahill, David Jensen, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucy Faust, Rebecca Chulew, Joshua J. Williams, Henry Frost, Jason Kirkpatrick)
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. This epic pioneer story is about friendship, heritage and the unending struggle for and against the land.
World premiere
Newness (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Drake Doremus; Writer: Ben York Jones; Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Danny Huston, Courtney Eaton, Matthew Gray Gubler, Albert Hammond Jr)
In contemporary Los Angeles, two millennials navigating a social media–driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries.
World premiere
The Polka King (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky; Writer: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky; Stars: Jenny Slate, Jack Black, Jason Schwartzman, Vanessa Bayer, Willie Garson, Jacki Weaver, J.B. Smoove, Robert Capron, Kati Salowsky, Juani Feliz, Owen Burke, Alex Ziwak, Arthur Hiou, Brina, Rachel Annette Helson)
Based on the remarkable true story of the world's only known Polka Ponzi scheme, this mix of comedy and tragedy is about Jan Lewan, a Polish immigrant who believed in the American Dream. But with big dreams came big mistakes for the man who became the "King of Pennsylvania Polka".
World premiere
Rebel In The Rye (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Danny Strong; Writer: Danny Strong, Kenneth Slawenski; Stars: Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Hoult, Sarah Paulson, Kevin Spacey, Lucy Boynton, Hope Davis, Victor Garber, Celeste Arias, Amy Rutberg, Brian d'Arcy James, Naian González Norvind, James Urbaniak, Eric Bogosian, Adam Busch, Jefferson Mays)
This portrait of the life and mind of reclusive author JD Salinger goes from the bloody frontlines of the Second World War to his early rejections and the PTSD-fuelled writer's block that led to his iconic novel, The Catcher in the Rye.
World premiere
Rememory (Country: US, Canada; Year: 2017; Director: Mark Palansky; Writer: Mark Palansky, Mike Vukadinovich; Stars: Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Anton Yelchin, Henry Ian Cusick, Evelyne Brochu)
A visionary inventor found dead. A machine that can record people’s memories. A man haunted by the past. This noir mystery explores the ways in which memory defines the present.
World premiere
The Last Word The Last Word
The Last Word and Mudbound
Sidney Hall (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Shawn Christensen; Writer: Shawn Christensen, Jason Dolan; Stars: Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Monaghan, Nathan Lane, Margaret Qualley)
Over the course of 12 years, and three stages of life, Sidney Hall falls in love, writes the book of a generation and then disappears without a trace.
World premiere
Where Is Kyra? (Year: 2017; Director: Andrew Dosunmu; Writer: Andrew Dosunmu, Darci Picoult; Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kiefer Sutherland, Babs Olusanmokun, Suzanne Shepherd, Marc Menchaca, Celia Au, Anthony Okungbowa, Gabe Fazio, Mauricio Ovalle, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Nimo Gandhi, Elizabeth Evans, Bradley W. Anderson)
Pushed to the brink after losing her job, a woman struggles to survive. As the months pass and her troubles deepen, she embarks on a perilous and mysterious journey that threatens to usurp her life.
World premiere
Wilson (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Craig Johnson; Writer: Daniel Clowes, Daniel Clowes; Stars: Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Laura Dern, Cheryl Hines, Margo Martindale, Shaun Brown, Tom Proctor, David Warshofsky, James Saito, Isabella Amara, Bruce Bohne, Roxy Wood, Katie Rose Law, Sally-Anne Hunt, Ava Justin)
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.
World premiere
Wind River (Country: US, UK, Canada; Year: 2017; Director: Taylor Sheridan; Writer: Taylor Sheridan; Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Jon Bernthal, Gil Birmingham, Julia Jones, Teo Briones, Martin Sensmeier, Ian Bohen, Kelsey Asbille, Matthew Del Negro, Eric Lange, Hugh Dillon, James Jordan, Mason D. Davis, Tara Karsian)
An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.
World premiere
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