Sundance Film Festival 2018

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Hearts Beat Loud Hearts Beat Loud
Hearts Beat Loud and Puzzle
Beirut (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Brad Anderson; Writer: Tony Gilroy; Stars: Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm, Shea Whigham, Mark Pellegrino, Dean Norris, Leïla Bekhti, Kate Fleetwood, Douglas Hodge, Jonny Coyne, Alon Aboutboul, Larry Pine, Sonia Okacha, Anton Obeid, Jay Potter, Idir Chender)
A US diplomat flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.
World premiere
The Catcher Was A Spy (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Ben Lewin; Writer: Nicholas Dawidoff, Robert Rodat; Stars: Connie Nielsen, Jeff Daniels, Mark Strong, Paul Rudd, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti, Shea Whigham, Tom Wilkinson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Bobby Schofield, Giancarlo Giannini, Pierfrancesco Favino, Anna Geislerová, William Hope)
The true story of Moe Berg – professional baseball player, Ivy League graduate, attorney who spoke nine languages – and a top-secret spy for the OSS who helped the US win the race against Germany to build the atomic bomb.
World premiere
Colette (Country: UK, US, Hungary; Year: 2018; Director: Wash Westmoreland; Writer: Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Wash Westmoreland; Stars: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Arabella Weir, Aiysha Hart, Denise Gough, Robert Pugh, Ray Panthaki, Caroline Boulton, Shannon Tarbet, Karen Gagnon, Attila C. Arpa, Janine Harouni, Máté Haumann)
A young country woman marries a famous literary entrepreneur in turn-of-the-century Paris: At her husband's request, Colette pens a series of bestselling novels published under his name. But as her confidence grows, she transforms not only herself and her marriage, but the world around her.
World premiere
Come Sunday (Year: 2018; Director: Joshua Marston; Writer: Marcus Hinchey; Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jason Segel, Lakeith Stanfield, Danny Glover, Martin Sheen, Condola Rashad, Juan Gaspard, Allie McCulloch, Brian Kayode-Patrick Johnson, Ric Reitz, Selena Anduze, Joni Bovill, Wil Gonzalez, William Willet, Andrew Masset)
Internationally-renowned pastor Carlton Pearson - experiencing a crisis of faith - risks his church, family and future when he questions church doctrine and finds himself branded a modern-day heretic. Based on actual events.
World premiere
Damsel (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner; Writer: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner; Stars: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Robert Forster, Joseph Billingiere, Morgan Lund, Ray Kelleher, Gabe Casdorph, David Wingo, Palmer Scott, Russell Mael, Gary Brookins, Landon Weeks, Larry Zeng)
Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As Samuel, a drunkard named Parson Henry and a miniature horse called Butterscotch traverse the Wild West, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.
World premiere
The Catcher Was A Spy The Catcher Was A Spy
The Catcher Was A Spy and Beirut
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Gus Van Sant; Writer: John Callahan, Gus Van Sant; Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Beth Ditto, Olivia Hamilton, Udo Kier, Kim Gordon, Carrie Brownstein, Emilio Rivera, Ken Tatafu, Angelique Rivera, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Anne Lane, Rebecca Field)
John Callahan has a talent for off-colour jokes...and a drinking problem. When a bender ends in a car accident, Callahan wakes permanently confined to a wheelchair. In his journey back from rock bottom, Callahan finds beauty and comedy in the absurdity of human experience.
World premiere
Futile And Stupid Gesture (Year: 2018; Director: David Wain; Writer: John Aboud, Michael Colton, Josh Karp; Stars: Emmy Rossum, Domhnall Gleeson, Seth Green, Natasha Lyonne, Annette O'Toole, Paul Scheer, Joe Lo Truglio, Finn Wittrock, Will Forte, Thomas Lennon, Bambadjan Bamba, Joel McHale, Matt Lucas, Martin Mull, Camille Guaty)
The story of comedy wunderkind Doug Kenney, who co-created the National Lampoon, Caddyshack, and Animal House. Kenney was at the centre of the 70’s comedy counter-culture which gave birth to Saturday Night Live and a whole generation's way of looking at the world.
World premiere
The Happy Prince (Country: Germany, Belgium, UK, Italy; Year: 2018; Director: Rupert Everett; Writer: Rupert Everett; Stars: Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Rupert Everett, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Chancellor, Ronald Pickup, Béatrice Dalle, Julian Wadham, Joshua McGuire, John Standing, Daniel Weyman, André Penvern, Edwin Thomas, Tom Colley)
The last days of Oscar Wilde - and the ghosts haunting them - are brought to vivid life. His body ailing, Wilde lives in exile, surviving on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him as the transience of lust is laid bare and the true riches of love are revealed. C
World premiere
Hearts Beat Loud (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Brett Haley; Writer: Brett Haley, Marc Basch; Stars: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Toni Collette, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Alex Reznik, Andrea Morales, Michael Abbott Jr., Harrison Chad)
In Red Hook, Brooklyn, a father and daughter become an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before she leaves for college.
World premiere
Juliet, Naked (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Jesse Peretz; Writer: Tamara Jenkins, Evgenia Peretz, Phil Alden Robinson, Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Nick Hornby; Stars: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Dodds, Jimmy O. Yang, Lily Newmark, Lily Brazier, Johanna Thea, Azhy Robertson, Georgina Bevan, Ayoola Smart, Michael Chapman, Karol Steele, Laura Camberley, Lee Byford)
Annie is the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe. When the acoustic demo of Tucker's celebrated record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to an encounter with the elusive rocker himself.
World premiere
A Kid Like Jake A Kid Like Jake
A Kid Like Jake and The Happy Prince
A Kid Like Jake (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Silas Howard; Writer: Daniel Pearle, Daniel Pearle, Daniel Pearle; Stars: Claire Danes, Priyanka Chopra, Octavia Spencer, Jim Parsons, Ann Dowd, Amy Landecker, Julia Chan, Cindy Cheung, Aaron Serotsky, Kelly Deadmon, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Leo James Davis, Ian Unterman, Kelly McAndrew, Meghan Strange)
As married couple Alex and Greg navigate their roles as parents to a young son who prefers Cinderella to G.I. Joe, a rift grows between them, one that forces them to confront their own concerns about what’s best for their child, and each other.
World premiere
Leave No Trace (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Debra Granik; Writer: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini; Stars: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Korber, Dale Dickey)
A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. A small mistake tips them off to authorities sending them on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.
World premiere
Ophelia (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Claire McCarthy; Writer: Semi Chellas, Semi Chellas, Lisa Klein, based on Hamlet by William Shakespeare; Stars: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Tom Felton, Clive Owen, George MacKay, Daisy Head, Sebastian De Souza, Anna Rust, Dominic Mafham, Devon Terrell, Martin Angerbauer, Adriana Hercigonja, Issy Stewart, Noel Czuczor, Jack Cunningham-Nuttall)
A mythic spin on Hamlet through a lens of female empowerment: Ophelia comes of age as lady-in-waiting for Queen Gertrude, and her singular spirit captures Hamlet's affections. As lust and betrayal threaten the kingdom, Ophelia finds herself trapped between true love and controlling her own destiny.
World premiere
Puzzle (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Marc Turtletaub; Writer: Oren Moverman, Natalia Smirnoff; Stars: Kelly Macdonald, David Denman, Irrfan Khan, Austin Abrams, Liv Hewson, Annie Pisapia, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Abigail Friend, Helen Coxe, Lori Hammel, Sebastian Chacon, Bubba Weiler, Ronald Scott Maestri, Mandela Bellamy, Myrna Cabello)
Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.
World premiere
What They Had (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Elizabeth Chomko; Writer: Elizabeth Chomko; Stars: Michael Shannon, Hilary Swank, Aimee Garcia, Taissa Farmiga, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Jay Montepare, Jennifer Robideau, Isabeau Dornevil, Clarence E. Davis, Eric Ian, Cassie Mann, Annie McKinnie, Gabriella Moore, Ric Morgan)
Bridget returns home to Chicago at her brother’s urging to deal with her mother’s Alzheimer’s and her father’s reluctance to let go of their life together.
World premiere
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