The Sundance Film Festival kicks off this week in freezing cold Park City, Utah, and this year’s lineup looks to be the strongest and most interesting yet. Good actors! Good directors! Good documentaries!
So, with so much going on and so much to see, what five films should you keep an eye on? Here are the ones we are most interested in.
Oh, and anyone who wants to downplay Sundance should probably remember that last year’s big winner Benh Zeitlen just scored an Best Director Oscar nom for Beasts of the Southern Wild over Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck. Just saying…
On to our picks!
Juno Temple and Kathryn Hahn star in this film about a stripper and the bored housewife who hires her as a nanny. Written and directed by Jill Soloway, who wrote some of the best episodes of Six Feet Under, the film should be a hit with the Sundance crowd.
Stories We Tell
Sarah Polley followed up her amazing debut film, Away From Her, with the equally amazing Take This Waltz. Her third film, a documentary about her family and her mother, may be even better than the first two according to reviews. This will likely be one of the hardest tickets to score at the fest.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Rooney Mara loses the tattoos for this film in which she stares alongside Casey Affleck, both playing Texas outlaws.
The Spectacular Now
The cast of this film may be the best of any film at the festival this year. Jennifer Jason Leigh! Kyle Chandler! Brie Larson! Shailene Woodley! Mary Elizabeth Winstead! It’s like the current day indie film dream team.
Interior. Leather Bar.
James Franco takes on gay cruising. Yes please.
Check back here all week for exclusive interviews from the Festival. Also, see who else stopped by Sundance Channel out at the Festival. And while you’re there make sure to check out their new, original series RECTIFY from the producers of Breaking Bad.