It’s on ! The great films of the Sundance Film Festival are back to London in 2017 with a fresh and very attractive selection of 14 films, only at the Picturehouse Central in London.
Tickets are on sale on Tue May 2 but as a Picturehouse member you can already book your tickets from the 25th of April.
- Opening Film: Beatriz at Dinner – Miguel Arteta – Starring Salma Hayek, Chloe Sevigny and John Lithgow – International Premiere – 83 min.
Pitch: Beatriz (Salma Hayek) is a miracle worker—highly sensitive with her touch, and passionately dedicated to curing pain through holistic therapy. After treating a client, her car breaks down, so she is invited to stay for a dinner celebrating a lucrative business deal.
- Closing Film: A Ghost Story – David Lowery – Starring Oscar-Winner Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara – 97 mins – UK Premiere
Pitch: Lauded filmmaker David Lowery reunites with his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints collaborators for a haunted tale like no other—one conceived in secret and fueled by the spirit of pure, creative expression.
- Bitch – Marianna Palka – Starring Marianna Palka and Jason Ritter – 93 mins – International Premiere
Pitch: Jill, a lonely, distraught housewife with four unruly children, paces on her dining room table with a belt around her neck, contemplating a desperate end to her wretchedness. Her husband, Bill, focused on his identity as breadwinner and an affair with a co-worker, is oblivious both to Jill’s growing terror that she will do something destructive and to the panic at his unraveling company. Meanwhile, dogs bark and howl through the night, as one persistent mutt continually stalks the family’s yard. When Jill’s psyche finally breaks, she takes on a vicious new canine persona.
- Bushwick – Cary Murnion & Jonathan Millot – Starring Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow – selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes Film Festival – 94 minutes – UK Premiere
Pitch: On the way to Grandma’s house with a new boyfriend in tow, Lucy (Brittany Snow) steps off the subway into an utter bloodbath on the streets of Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. Texas is attempting to secede from the Union, and militia forces have descended upon New York City to claim it as an East Coast base of operations and negotiation tool. Faced with a flurry of whizzing bullets and total destruction around every corner, Lucy takes shelter in the basement of Stupe (Dave Bautista), a burly war veteran who reluctantly helps her traverse the treacherous five-block stretch of Bushwick to reach her destination—assuming it’s still there.
- Chasing Coral – Jeff Orlowski – Starring Richard Vevers, Zackery Rago, Ruth Gates – Winner of the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2017 – 91 mins – Special Preview Screening
Pitch: Coral reefs are the nursery for all ocean life, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”—a sign of mass coral death—has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater.
- Crown Heights – Matt Ruskin – Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha – Winner of Audience Award: US Dramatic at Sundance Film Festival 2017 – 99 mins – International Premiere
Pitch: On April 10, 1980, a shot rang out on the streets of Crown Heights, igniting a decades-long quest for justice in this harrowing true story. Colin Warner, played with heartbreaking sincerity by Lakeith Stanfield, is arrested and tried for a crime he did not commit, a victim of a deeply broken system that refuses to listen. Quick to throw him away, the court wrongfully convicts him. But as Colin loses hope to reclaim an innocence that has been cast aside, his best friend, Carl King, devotes his life to restoring Colin’s freedom, doggedly pursuing every lead for years.
- Dina – Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini – Starring: Dina Buno, Scott Levin –Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2017 – 101 mins – Special Preview Screening
Pitch: Dina, an outspoken, eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge. Scott freezes when it comes to physical intimacy, but Dina, a Kardashians fanatic, wants to share with Scott all she’s learned about sensual desire from books, TV shows, and her previous marriage. Her creative forays to draw Scott close keep hitting roadblocks—exposing anxieties, insecurities, and communication snafus while they strive to reconcile their conflicting approaches to intimacy.
- Icarus – documentary by Bryan Fogel – Winner of U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: The Orwell Award at Sundance Film Festival 2017 – UK Premiere
- Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda – Starring Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins – Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2017 – 99 mins – UK Premiere
Pitch: Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband. With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past.
- The Big Sick – Michael Showalter – Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter – Produced by Judd Apatow – 119 mins – International Premiere
Pitch: Based on the true story of the film’s writers (and real-life couple), Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, this modern culture clash shows how Pakistan-born Kumail and his American girlfriend, Emily, have to overcome the expectations of his family and their 1,400-year-old traditions. As his parents relentlessly set him up with potential brides for an arranged marriage, Kumail navigates treacherous waters in the worlds of both dating and stand-up comedy.
- The Incredible Jessica James – Jim Strouse – Starring Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd – 85 mins – European Premiere
Pitch: Jessica James (Jessica Williams), an aspiring playwright in New York City, is trying hard to get over a recent breakup. She sees light at the end of the tunnel when she meets Boone (Chris O’Dowd), who’s recovering from a break-up of his own. Together, they figure out a way to make it through the tough times, while also realizing they like each other—a lot.
- Walking out – Alex Smith & Andrew Smith – starring Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins – 85 mins – European Premiere
Pitch: Fourteen-year-old David reluctantly travels from his comfortable Texas home to rural Montana for his annual visit with his brooding, off-the-grid father, Cal, who has planned the boy’s first big game hunt. As the pair ascends into the wilderness, Cal tries to connect with David by recounting the story of his own first kill, on his last hunting trip with his now long-dead father. After their trip is disrupted by a chance encounter with a grizzly bear, a wounded Cal realizes they must both rely on David’s strength and resilience to survive.
- Wilson – Craig Johnson – Starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern – 94 mins – UK Premiere
Pitch: Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic, and hilariously honest middle-aged, misanthropic dog lover who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter he’s never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, Wilson sets out to connect with her in what could be his last chance at having a family.
- A Surprise film ( I really hope it will be Call me by your name )
- David Lowery in Conversation + Film Ain’t them bodies saints
- Independent Film Trumps Reality
- Art vs. Stepping Stone – An Argument
- Sundance Film Festival UK Shorts
- Sundance London Docs Panel
The festival is starting on the 1st of June until the 4th. Book your tickets quickly 🙂
The independent films are there !