Sundance Film Festival 2020

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Promising Young Woman Promising Young Woman
Promising Young Woman and Wendy
Downhill (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash; Writer: Jesse Armstrong, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Ruben Östlund; Stars: Will Ferrell, Miranda Otto, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zach Woods, Kristofer Hivju, Zoe Chao, Hélène Cardona, Giulio Berruti, Julian Grey, Ammon Jacob Ford, Matt Lindquist, Nadiv Molcho, Kimberly Rydell, Jono Bergmann, Peter Schorn)
Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. English-language remake of Force Majeure.
World premiere
Dream Horse (Country: UK; Year: 2020; Director: Euros Lyn; Writer: Neil McKay; Stars: Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Joanna Page, Siân Phillips, Lynda Baron, Peter Davison, Nicholas Farrell, Owen Teale, Anthony O'Donnell, Karl Johnson, Darren Evans, Asheq Akhtar, Di Botcher, Raj Paul, Pino Maiello)
Jan, a cleaner and bartender, decides on a whim to breed a race horse in her Welsh village. As the horse rises through the ranks against all odds, Jan and the townspeople are pitted against the racing elite in a nail-biting race for the national championship.
World premiere
Falling (Country: Canada, UK; Year: 2020; Director: Viggo Mortensen; Writer: Viggo Mortensen; Stars: Lance Henriksen, Viggo Mortensen, Terry Chen, Sverrir Gudnason, Hannah Gross, Laura Linney)
When 80-year-old independent farmer Willis travels to Los Angeles for an indefinite stay with son John and his family, two very different worlds collide. Mentally declining, Willis' abrasiveness is both caustic and funny, bringing old wounds from the past and years of mutual mistrust to the surface.
World premiere
The Father (Country: UK; Year: 2020; Director: Florian Zeller; Writer: Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller; Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams)
Anthony is 80 years old. He lives alone in London and refuses the nurses that his daughter tries to impose upon him. Yet help is becoming more pressing, as she has decided to move to Paris. At once comedic and profound, this is a moving story of our human condition.
World premiere
Four Good Days (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Rodrigo García; Writer: Rodrigo García, Eli Saslow; Stars: Glenn Close, Mila Kunis, Stephen Root, Joshua Leonard)
Ten years of opioids have left Molly’s life in shambles. A new drug may give her a chance to break free if she is able to stay clean for four days, with the help of her mother Deb, a tough, clear-eyed woman. Their love will be tested to the limits.
World premiere
The Nest The Nest
The Nest and Uncle Frank
The Glorias (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Julie Taymor; Writer: Sarah Ruhl, Gloria Steinem, Julie Taymor; Stars: Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Bette Midler, Janelle Monae, Timothy Hutton, Lorraine Toussaint)
An equal rights crusader, journalist and activist: Gloria Steinem embodies these and more. From her role in the revolutionary women's rights movement to her travels throughout the US and around the world, Steinem has made an everlasting mark on modern history. A nontraditional chronicle of a trailblazing life.
World premiere
Herself (Country: Ireland, UK; Year: 2020; Director: Phyllida Lloyd; Writer: Malcolm Campbell, Clare Dunne; Stars: Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter, Conleth Hill)
Struggling to provide her daughters with a safe, happy home, Sandra decides to build one - from scratch. Using all her ingenuity to make her ambitious dream a reality, Sandra draws together a community to lend a helping hand to build her house and ultimately recover her own sense of self.
World premiere
Horse Girl (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Jeff Baena; Writer: Jeff Baena, Alison Brie; Stars: Alison Brie, Paul Reiser, Debby Ryan, Robin Tunney, Matthew Gray Gubler, Molly Shannon, Angela Trimbur, Jay Duplass, John Ortiz, David Paymer, Aaron Stanford, John Reynolds, Dendrie Taylor, Lauren Weedman, Jake Picking)
A socially awkward woman with a fondness for arts and crafts, horses, and supernatural crime shows finds her increasingly lucid dreams trickling into her waking life
World premiere
Ironbark (Country: UK; Year: 2020; Director: Dominic Cooke; Writer: Tom O'Connor; Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley)
The true story of a British businessman unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Forming an unlikely partnership with a Soviet officer hoping to prevent a nuclear confrontation, the two men work together to provide the crucial intelligence used to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.
World premiere
Kajillionaire (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Miranda July; Writer: Miranda July; Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Diana Maria Riva, Rachel Redleaf, Mark Ivanir, Adam Bartley, Madeleine Coghlan, Challen Cates, Steve Park, Nikki Castillo, David Ury, Rebecca Lee Robertson)
Low-stakes grifters, Old Dolio and her parents invite a chipper young woman into their insular clan, only to have their entire world turned upside down.
World premiere
Ironbark Ironbark
Ironbark and Four Good Days
The Last Shift (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Andrew Cohn; Writer: Andrew Cohn; Stars: Richard Jenkins, Shane Paul McGhie, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Birgundi Baker, Allison Tolman, Ed O'Neill)
Stanley, an ageing fast food worker, prepares to work his final graveyard shift after 38 years. When he's asked to train his replacement, Jevon, Stanley's weekend takes an unexpected turn.
World premiere
The Last Thing He Wanted (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Dee Rees; Writer: Dee Rees, Marco Villalobos, adapted from the novel by Joan Didion; Stars: Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Rosie Perez)
A veteran DC journalist loses the thread of her own narrative when a guilt-propelled errand for her father thrusts her from byline to unwitting subject in the very story she’s trying to break.
World premiere
Lost Girls (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Liz Garbus; Writer: Robert Kolker, Michael Werwie; Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Dean Winters, Amy Ryan, Gabriel Byrne, Lola Kirke, Kevin Corrigan, Oona Laurence, Miriam Shor, Austyn Johnson, Rosal Colon, Reed Birney, Jimi Stanton, Molly Brown, Matthew F. O'Connor, Haskiri Velazquez)
When Mari Gilbert's daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Committed to finding the truth, her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers Mari will not let the world forget. Inspired by true events.
World premiere
The Nest (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Sean Durkin; Writer: Sean Durkin; Stars: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Oona Roche, Charlie Shotwell, Anne Reid, Adeel Akhtar, Michael Culkin, James Nelson-Joyce, Bernardo Santos, Polly Allen, Kaisa Hammarlund, Julian Ferro, Abby Stretch, Andrei Alen, Marcus Cornwall)
Charismatic entrepreneur, Rory, relocates his family to England with dreams of profiting from booming 1980’s London. But as his wife, Allison, struggles to adapt, and the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, the couple have to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage.
World premiere
Promising Young Woman (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Emerald Fennell; Writer: Emerald Fennell; Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Molly Shannon, Angela Zhou, Sam Richardson, Steve Monroe, Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Connie Britton, Alfred Molina, Max Greenfield)
Everyone said Cassie was a promising young woman... until something abruptly derailed her future. Nothing in Cassie’s life is as it appears: she’s smart, cunning, and living a double life by night. Now, Cassie has a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling take on revenge.
World premiere
Tesla Tesla
Tesla and Downhill
Sergio (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Greg Barker; Writer: Craig Borten; Stars: Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, Brían F. O'Byrne, Garret Dillahunt, Clemens Schick, Will Dalton, Jason Anthony, Bradley Whitford, Vithaya Pansringarm, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Alice Assef, Sameera Asir, Dollar Tan, Bonnie Zellerbach, Pedro Hossi)
A sweeping drama set in the chaotic aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq, where the life of top UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello hangs in the balance during the most treacherous mission of his career.
World premiere
Tesla (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Michael Almereyda; Writer: Michael Almereyda; Stars: Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson, Kyle MacLachlan, Josh Hamilton, Jim Gaffigan, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Lucy Walters, James Urbaniak, Rebecca Dayan, David Kallaway, Vincent De Paul, Blake DeLong, Tom Farrell, Emma O'Connor, Ava Loren Tropeano)
Highlighting the Promethean struggles of Nikola Tesla, as he attempts to transcend entrenched technology –including his own previous work – by pioneering a system of wireless energy that will change the world.
World premiere
Uncle Frank (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Alan Ball; Writer: Alan Ball; Stars: Sophia Lillis, Judy Greer, Paul Bettany, Stephen Root, Steve Zahn, Margo Martindale, Burgess Jenkins, Lois Smith, Jane McNeill, Cole Doman, Peter Macdissi, Colton Ryan, Hannah Black, Dave Blamy, Michael Perez)
A teenage girl and her uncle go on a road trip to a family funeral, with his boyfriend in tow, as her uncle tries to come to terms with his past.
World premiere
Wendy (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Benh Zeitlin; Writer: Benh Zeitlin, Eliza Zeitlin; Stars: Devin France, Yashua Mack, Gavin Naquin, Gage Naquin, Shay Walker, Tommie Lynn Milazzo, Stephanie Lynn Wilson)
Lost on a mysterious island where ageing and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic.
World premiere
Worth (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Sara Colangelo; Writer: Max Borenstein; Stars: Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Amy Ryan, Tate Donovan, Laura Benanti, Talia Balsam, Chris Tardio, E.R. Ruiz, James Ciccone, Victor Slezak, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Wass Stevens, Steve Vinovich, Anthoula Katsimatides, Carolyn Mignini)
Kenneth Feinberg, a powerful DC lawyer appointed Special Master of the 9/11 Fund, fights off the cynicism, bureaucracy, and politics associated with administering government funds and, in doing so, discovers what life is worth. Based on true events.
World premiere

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