Sundance Film Festival 2021

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The Sparks Brothers The Sparks Brothers
The Sparks Brothers and In The Same Breath
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: James Redford; Stars: Amy Tan)
Amy Tan has established herself as one of America's most respected literary voices. Born to Chinese immigrant parents, it would be decades before the author of The Joy Luck Club would fully understand the inherited trauma rooted in the legacies of women who survived the Chinese tradition of concubinage.
World premiere. Documentary
Bring Your Own Brigade (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Lucy Walker; Writer: Lucy Walker)
A character-driven verité and revelatory investigation takes us on a journey embedded with firefighters and residents on a mission to understand the causes of historically large wildfires and how to survive them, discovering that the solution has been here all along.
World premiere. Documentary
Eight For Silver (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Sean Ellis; Writer: Sean Ellis; Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Kelly Reilly, Alistair Petrie, Amelia Crouch, Roxane Duran, Aine Rose Daly)
In the late 1800s, a man arrives in a remote country village to investigate an attack by a wild animal but discovers a much deeper, sinister force that has both the manor and the townspeople in its grip.
World premiere. Narrative
How It Ends (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein; Writer: Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein; Stars: Zoe Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Whitney Cummings, Tawny Newsome, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Logan Marshall-Green, Bobby Lee, Fred Armisen, Glenn Howerton, Bradley Whitford, Ayo Edebiri, Sharon Van Etten, Olivia Wilde, Paul W. Downs)
A woman and the embodiment of her younger self try to find closure on the day before the Apocalypse.
World premiere. Narrative
In The Earth (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Ben Wheatley; Writer: Ben Wheatley; Stars: Hayley Squires, Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Ellora Torchia, Mark Monero, Hayley Squires, Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Ellora Torchia, Mark Monero)
As a disastrous virus grips the planet, a scientist and a park scout venture deep into the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness as the forest comes to life around them.
World premiere. Narrative
Mass Mass
Mass and Philly D.A.
In The Same Breath (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Nanfu Wang)
How did the Chinese government turn pandemic cover-ups in Wuhan into a triumph for the Communist party? An essential narrative of first-hand accounts of the coronavirus, and a revelatory examination of how propaganda and patriotism shaped the outbreak’s course – both in China and in the US.
World premiere. Documentary. Day One
Land (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Robin Wright; Writer: Jesse Chatham, Erin Dignam, Liz Hannah; Stars: Robin Wright, Warren Christie, Kim Dickens, Demián Bichir, Brad Leland, Barb Mitchell, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, Jill Maria Robinson, Laura Yenga, Jordan Gooden, Sarah Dawn Pledge, Travis Willier, Travis Gordon Phillips, CJ Collard, Matthew Godden)
The poignant story of one woman’s search, in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness.
World premiere. Narrative
Marvelous And The Black Hole (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Kate Tsang; Writer: Kate Tsang; Stars: Miya Cech, Rhea Perlman, Beth Hall, Paulina Lule, Raymond McAnally)
A teenage delinquent befriends a surly magician who helps her navigate her inner demons and dysfunctional family with sleight of hand magic.
World premiere. Narrative
Mass (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Fran Kranz; Writer: Fran Kranz; Stars: Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd, Breeda Wool, Reed Birney, Michelle N. Carter, Kagen Albright, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd, Breeda Wool, Reed Birney, Michelle N. Carter, Kagen Albright)
Years after a tragic shooting, the parents of both the victim and the perpetrator meet face-to-face.
World premiere. Narrative
My Name Is Pauli Murray (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Julie Cohen, Betsy West; Writer: Talleah Bridges McMahon, Julie Cohen, Cinque Northern, Betsy West; Stars: Dylan Raffin, Dylan Raffin)
Profile of the legal trailblazer.
World premiere. Documentary
In The Earth In The Earth
In The Earth and How It Ends
Philly D.A. (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Yoni Brook, Ted Passon; Writer: Yoni Brook, Ted Passon, Nicole Salazar)
A groundbreaking inside look at the long shot election and tumultuous first term of Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's unapologetic District Attorney, and his experiment to upend the criminal justice system from the inside out.
World premiere. Documentary
Prisoners Of The Ghostland (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Sion Sono; Writer: Aaron Hendry, Reza Sixo Safai; Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Nick Cassavetes, Bill Moseley, Tak Sakaguchi, Yuzuka Nakaya)
A notorious criminal is sent to rescue an abducted woman who has disappeared into a dark supernatural universe. They must break the evil curse that binds them and escape the mysterious revenants that rule the Ghostland, an East-meets-West vortex of beauty and violence.
World premiere. Narrative
The Sparks Brothers (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Edgar Wright; Stars: Ron Mael, Russell Mael)
How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? Take a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers Ron & Russell Mael, celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band's favorite band.
World premiere. Documentary
Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Marilyn Agrelo; Writer: Michael Davis)
How did a group of rebels create the world’s most famous street? In 1969 New York, this “gang” of mission-driven artists, writers and educators catalysed a moment of civil awakening, transforming it into Sesame Street, one of the most influential and impactful television shows in history.
World premiere. Documentary

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