Sundance Film Festival 2021

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Together Together Together Together
Together Together and On The Count Of Three
CODA (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Sian Heder; Writer: Sian Heder; Stars: Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Eugenio Derbez, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Amy Forsyth, Kevin Chapman, Troy Kotsur, John Fiore, Erica McDermott, Lonnie Farmer, Owen Burke, Jose Guns Alves, Daniel Durant, Kiara Pichardo, Armen Garo)
As a CODA – Child of Deaf Adults – Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her fear of abandoning her parents.
World premiere. Day One Film
I Was A Simple Man (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Christopher Makoto Yogi; Writer: Christopher Makoto Yogi; Stars: Steve Iwamoto, Constance Wu, Kanoa Goo, Chanel Akiko Hirai, Tim Chiou, Boonyanudh Jiyarom)
As a family in Hawai'i faces the imminent death of their eldest, the ghosts of the past haunt the countryside.
World premiere
Jockey (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Clint Bentley; Writer: Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar; Stars: Clifton Collins Jr, Molly Parker, Moises Arias)
An ageing jockey is determined to win one last championship, but his dream is complicated when a young rookie shows up claiming to be his son.
World premiere
John And The Hole (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Pascual Sisto; Writer: Nicolás Giacobone; Stars: Charlie Shotwell, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Ehle, Taissa Farmiga)
A nontraditional coming-of-age story, set in the unsettling reality of John, a kid who holds his family captive in a hole in the ground.
World premiere
Mayday (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Karen Cinorre; Writer: Karen Cinorre; Stars: Grace Van Patten, Mia Goth, Havana Rose Liu, Soko, Théodore Pellerin, Frano Maskovic, Juliette Lewis, Hyoie O'Grady, Zlatko Buric, Nathaniel Allen, Adrian Pezdirc, Francesco Piacentini-Smith, Blake DeLong, Redd Ochoa, Noel Dusman)
Ana is transported to a dreamlike and dangerous land where she joins a team of female soldiers engaged in a never-ending war along a rugged coast. Though she finds strength in this exhilarating world, she comes to realise that she's not the killer they want her to be.
World premiere
CODA and Wild Indian
On The Count Of Three (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Jerrod Carmichael; Writer: Ari Katcher, Ryan Welch; Stars: Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, JB Smoove, Lavell Crawford, Henry Winkler)
Two guns. Two best friends. And a pact to end their lives when the day is done.
World premiere
Passing (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Rebecca Hall; Writer: Rebecca Hall, Nella Larsen; Stars: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Camp)
Two African-American women who can "pass" as white choose to live on opposite sides of the colour line in 1929 New York in an exploration of racial and gender identity, performance, obsession and repression.
World premiere
Superior (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Erin Vassilopoulos; Writer: Erin Vassilopoulos, Alessandra Mesa; Stars: Alessandra Mesa, Ani Mesa, Pico Alexander, Jake Hoffman, Stanley Simons)
On the run, Marian returns to her hometown in upstate New York to hide out with her estranged identical twin sister, Vivian. Struggling to put the past behind her, Marian lies about the reason for her return, leaving her sister in the dark until their two worlds begin to collide.
World premiere
Together Together (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Nikole Beckwith; Writer: Nikole Beckwith; Stars: Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Tig Notaro, Julio Torres, Anna Konkle)
When young loner Anna is hired as the surrogate for Matt, a single man in his 40s, the two strangers come to realise this unexpected relationship will quickly challenge their perceptions of connection, boundaries and the particulars of love.
World premiere
Wild Indian (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr; Writer: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr; Stars: Michael Greyeyes, Chaske Spencer, Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Bosworth, Phoenix Wilson, Julian Gopal)
Two men are inextricably bound together after covering up the savage murder of a schoolmate. After years of separation following wildly divergent paths, they must finally confront how their traumatic secret has irrevocably shaped their lives.
World premiere

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