The Sundance Film Festival.
For the ones who know me quite well, Sundance is the festival of my dreams. Every year bringing the best of independent cinema. The breakout films of 2016 for example were just, Manchester by the Sea, The Birth of a Nation, Swiss Army Man, Love & Friendship, Morris from America, Indignation or my crush The Hunt for the wilder people. How can you not love this festival ?
Created by Robert Redford in 1985, Sundance has brought you the best new film makers and is definitely now one of the biggest market for film distribution. The money spent on some of these independent films is often crazy but usually worthy. After a bidders war, Manchester by the Sea was bought by Amazon for $10 million and already made more than $38 million worldwide, with Casey Affleck getting closer and closer to an Oscar nomination and win. For this 2017 edition, the bidders like Netflix are already on the move with a deal of around $5 million for “Fun Mum Dinner” with Toni Collette and Adam Levine.
The 2017 edition looks again very good with directors Drake Doremus, David Lowery, Ry Russo-YOung, Danny Strong, Luca Guadagnino, Craig Jonhson, Alex Ross Perry or Gillian Robespierre coming back with new gems.
Here is a selection of the independent films to see there – the ones I’m going to wait for a long time (Please Sundance London, show these ones in June):
Newness by Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Equals) with Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa
Synopsis: In contemporary Los Angeles, two millennials navigating a social media-driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries.
Golden Exits by Alex Ross Perry ( Listen up Philip, Queen of Earth) with Jason Schartzmann, Emily Browning and Chloe Sevigny
Synopsis: An intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides.
Landline by Gillian Robespierre ( Obvious Child) with Jenny Slate, Finn Wittrock.
Synopsis: A teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan during the 1990’s discovers that her father is having an affair.
The Polka King by Maya Forbes (The infintely polar bear) with Jenny Slate, Jack Black, Jason Schwartzman
Synopsis: Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.
Rebel in the rye by Danny Strong with Zoey Deutch, Sarah Poulson and Nicholas Hoult.
Synopsis: The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.
Marjorie Prime by Michael Almereyda (The experimenter) with Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tom Robbins.
Synopsis: A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones and allows a man to come face-to-face with the younger version of his late father-in-law.
Before I fall by Ry Russo-young ( Nobody walks) with Zoey Deutch
Synopsis: February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing.
Wilson by Craig Johnson ( The skeleton Twins) with Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern
Synopsis: A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.
A Ghost Story by David Lowery with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara
Synopsis: This is the story of a ghost and the house he haunts.
Call me by your name by Luca Guadagnino ( A bigger splash) written by James Ivory with Armie Hammer
Synopsis: A romance between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.
The Discovery by Charlie McDowel ( The one I love, Sillicon Valley) with Rooney Mara, Robert Redford and Jason Segel.
Synopsis: A love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.
Also to look at closer, Manifesto big challenge for Cate Blanchett playing different characters, The Big Sick produced by Judd Appatow, I don’t feel at home in this world anymore with Elijah Wood, To the bone with Keanu Reeves and Their Finest from Lone Scherfig to be shown in the Spotlight category.
And of course I’m looking forward for the new directors and all hidden gems Sundance can produce every year.
Be ready to dream, Sundance has landed!