Good indie films for one weekend, that’s a good program.
With the great selection of the Sundance Film Festival London 2017 (link here), I had to choose. So hard yes, but worthy. With each of these films, I will give reviews and a full coverage with pictures and sometimes videos, if Q&A happen.
- 6pm – Marjorie Prime by 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.
- 9pm – Surprise film (My Twitter poll suggests it will be Call me by your name, and I really hope it’s the case!)
- 1pm – Crown Heights by Matt Ruskin – Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha – Winner of Audience Award: US Dramatic at Sundance Film Festival 2017 – 99 mins – International PremierePitch: 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.
4pm – Walking out by 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.
6 pm – David Lowery’s conversation + Ain’t them bodies saints
- 12h30 – Beatriz at Dinner by Miguel Arteta – Starring Salma Hayek, Chloe Sevigny and John Lithgow – International Premiere – 83 min – Opening FilmPitch: 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.
- 3pm – The big sick by 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.
- 6pm – A ghost story by David Lowery – Starring Oscar-Winner Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara – 97 mins – UK Premiere – Closing film
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.