Sundance Film Festival 2021

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Censor Censor
Censor and Violation
Censor (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Prano Bailey-Bond; Writer: Prano Bailey-Bond, Anthony Fletcher; Stars: Niamh Algar, Clare Holman, Michael Smiley, Adrian Schiller, Felicity Montagu, Beau Gadsdon, Nicholas Burns, Sophia La Porta, Vincent Franklin, Guillaume Delaunay, Max Bennett, Andrew Havill, Tina Louise Owens, Sean Buchanan, Erin Shanagher)
When film censor Enid discovers an eerie horror that speaks directly to her sister's mysterious disappearance, she resolves to unravel the puzzle behind the film and its enigmatic director – a quest blurring the lines between fiction and reality in terrifying ways.
World premiere. Day One Film
Coming Home In The Dark (Country: New Zealand; Year: 2021; Director: James Ashcroft; Writer: James Ashcroft, Eli Kent, Owen Marshall; Stars: Daniel Gillies, Erik Thomson, Miriama McDowell, Matthias Luafutu, Frankie Paratene, Billy Paratene)
A family’s outing descends into terror when teacher Alan Hoaganraad, his wife Jill and stepsons Maika and Jordon explore an isolated coastline. An unexpected meeting with a pair of drifters, the enigmatic psychopath Mandrake and his accomplice Tubs, thrusts the family into a nightmare when they find themselves captured.
World premiere
A Glitch In The Matrix (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Rodney Ascher)
Are we living in a simulation?
World premiere
Knocking (Country: Sweden; Year: 2021; Director: Frida Kempff; Writer: Emma Broström; Stars: Ville Virtanen, Meliz Karlge, Albin Grenholm, Kristofer Kamiyasu, Emil Almén, Bengt Braskered, Alexander Salzberger, Bill Hugg, Cecilia Milocco, Naida Ragimova, Charlotta Åkerblom, Tobias Almborg, Christina Indrenius-Zalewski, Karin Holmberg, Anders Johannisson)
When Molly moves into her new apartment after a tragic accident, a strange noise from upstairs begins to unnerve her. As its intensity grows, she confronts her neighbours – but no one seems to hear what she is hearing.
World premiere
Mother Schmuckers (Country: Belgium; Year: 2021; Director: Harpo Guit, Lenny Guit; Writer: Harpo Guit, Lenny Guit; Stars: Harpo Guit, Maxi Delmelle, Claire Bodson, Mathieu Amalric, Habib Ben Tanfous)
Issachar & Zabulon, two brothers in their twenties, are supremely stupid and never bored, as madness is part of their daily lives. When they lose their mother's beloved dog, they have 24 hours to find it – or she will kick them out.
World premiere
Knocking Knocking
Knocking and A Glitch In The Matrix
Violation (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Dusty Mancinelli, Madeleine Sims-Fewer; Writer: Dusty Mancinelli, Madeleine Sims-Fewer; Stars: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Anna Maguire, Jesse LaVercombe, Obi Abili, Jasmin Geljo, Cynthia Ashperger)
A troubled woman on the edge of divorce returns home to her younger sister after years apart. But when her sister and brother-in-law betray her trust, she embarks on a vicious crusade of revenge.
World premiere
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