Sundance 2018 Program Features These Films

2018 Sundance Film Festival Program
The 34th edition
Location: Park City, Utah January 2018


Stats: Includes: 110 feature films from 29 countries 47 are the products of first-time directors.
2017 Comparison: 113 features in 2017

How many films were submitted to Sundance? 13,468 submissions (3,901 features / 8,740 shorts).

Films to be featured at Sundance 2018

Source:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/russespinoza/2017/11/29/sundance-film-festival-unveils-2018-program

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot / U.S.A. (Director: Gus Van Sant; screenwriters: Gus Van Sant (screenplay), John Callahan (biography); producers: Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Steve Golin, Nicholas Lhermitte) -- John Callahan has a talent for off-color 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. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black. World Premiere.
The Catcher Was a Spy / U.S.A. (Director: Ben Lewin; screenwriter: Robert Rodat; producers: Kevin Frakes, Tatiana Kelly, Buddy Patrick, Jim Young) -- 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 U.S. win the race against Germany to build the atomic bomb. Cast: Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti. World Premiere.

Ophelia / United Kingdom (Director: Claire McCarthy; screenwriter: Semi Chellas; producers: Daniel Bobker, Sarah Curtis, Ehren Kruger, Paul Hanson) -- 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. Cast: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton, Devon Terrell. World Premiere.
BLAZE / U.S.A. (Director: Ethan Hawke; screenwriters: Ethan Hawke, Sybil Rosen; producers; Jake Seal, John Sloss, Ryan Hawke and Ethan Hawke) -- A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement; he gave up paradise for the sake of a song. Cast: Benjamin Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Josh Hamilton, Charlie Sexton. World Premiere.

Lizzie / U.S.A. (Director: Craig William Macneill; screenwriter: Bryce Kass; producers: Naomi Despres, Liz Destro) -- Based on the 1892 murder of Lizzie Borden's family in Fall River, Mass., this tense psychological thriller lays bare the legend of Lizzie Borden to reveal the much more complex, poignant and truly terrifying woman within -- and her intimate bond with the family's young Irish housemaid, Bridget Sullivan. Cast: Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, Denis O'Hare. World Premiere.
U.S. Documentary Competition (of 16 entries) The Devil We Know / U.S.A. (Director: Stephanie Soechtig; producers: Kristin Lazure, Stephanie Soechtig, Joshua Kunau, Carly Palmour) -- Unraveling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical -- now found in the blood of 99.7 percent of Americans -- into the local drinking water supply. World Premiere.

Seeing Allred / U.S.A. (Directors: Sophia Sartain, Roberta Grossman; producers: Roberta Grossman, Sophie Sartain, Marta Kauffman, Robbie Rowe Tolling, Hannah KS Canter -- Gloria Allred overcame trauma and personal setbacks to become one of the nation's most famous women's rights attorneys. Now the feminist firebrand takes on the two biggest adversaries of her career, Bill Cosby and Donald Trump, as sexual violence allegations grip the nation and keep her in the spotlight. World Premiere.
World Cinema Dramatic Competition (of 12 entries) Un Traductor / Canada, Cuba (Directors: Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastián Barriuso; screenwriter: Lindsay Gossling; producers: Sebastián Barriuso, Lindsay Gossling) — A Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment. Based on a true story. Cast: Rodrigo Santoro, Maricel Álvarez, Yoandra Suárez. World Premiere.
vWorld Cinema Documentary Competition (of 12 entries) The Cleaners / Germany, Brazil (Directors: Moritz Riesewieck, Hans Block; screenwriters: Moritz Riesewieck, Hans Block, George Tschurtschenthaler; producers: Christian Beetz, George Tschurtschenthaler, Julia Goldman, Christopher Clements, Fernando Dias, Maricio Dias) -- When you post something on the web, can you be sure it stays there? Enter a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn't like: violence, pornography and political content. Who is controlling what we see... and what we think? World Premiere.
Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include A Ghost Story, Tangerine and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Presented by Adobe. An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn / United Kingdom, U.S.A. (Director: Jim Hosking; screenwriters: Jim Hosking, David Wike; producers: Sam Bisbee, Theodora Dunlap, Oliver Roskill, Emily Leo, Lucan Toh, Andy Starke) — Lulu Danger’s unsatisfying marriage takes a fortunate turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called ‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn For One Magical Night Only.‘ Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Jemaine Clement, Matt Berry, Craig Robinson. World Premiere.
Documentary Premieres Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind / U.S.A. (Director: Marina Zenovich; producers: Alex Gibney, Shirel Kozak) — This intimate portrait examines one of the world‘s most beloved and inventive comedians. Told largely through Robin’s own voice and using a wealth of never-before-seen archive, the film takes us through his extraordinary life and career and reveals the spark of madness that drove him. World Premiere.
STUDIO 54 / U.S.A. (Director: Matt Tyrnauer; producers: Matt Tyrnauer, John Battsek, Corey Reeser) — Studio 54 was the pulsating epicenter of 1970s hedonism: a disco hothouse of beautiful people, drugs, and sex. The journeys of Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell — two best friends from Brooklyn who conquered New York City — frame this history of the “greatest club of all time.” World Premiere.
Midnight (of seven entries) From horror and comedy to works that defy genre classification, these films will keep you wide awake, even at the most arduous hour. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include The Little Hours, The Babadook and Get Out.
Arizona / U.S.A. (Director: Jonathan Watson; screenwriter: Luke Del Tredici; producers: Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Ryan Friedkin, Danny McBride, Brandon James) — Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, this darkly comedic story follows Cassie Fowler, a single mom and struggling realtor whose life goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder. Cast: Danny McBride, Rosemarie DeWitt, Luke Wilson, Lolli Sorenson, Elizabeth Gillies, Kaitlin Olson. World Premiere.
Spotlight (of six entries)
BEAST / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Michael Pearce; producers: Ivana MacKinnon, Lauren Dark, Kristian Brodie ) — In a small island community, a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape from her oppressive family. When he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders, she learns what she‘s capable of as she defends him at all costs. Cast: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Trystan Gravelle, Geraldine James, Charley Palmer Rothwell. U.S. Premiere.
Kids (of three entries)

Science Fair / U.S.A. (Directors: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster; producers: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster, Jeffrey Plunkett) — Nine high school students from around the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks, and of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at the international science fair. Facing off against 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries, only one will be named Best in Fair. World Premiere.

Full Sundance 2018 program

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