Category Archives: Sundance

A place to find all news, articles, schedules, nominations, winners, coverage and analysis on the Sundance Film Festival.

RLJE Picks Up Nicolas Cage Thriller “Mandy” After Midnight Premiere at Sundance

Mandy ReviewThe distributor hopes to release the new Panos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) Cosmatos film, co-starring Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache, sometime over the summer.

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Peter Dinklage-Elle Fanning Drama “I Think We’re Alone Now” Sells to Momentum Pictures

I Think We're Alone NowReed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale) directed the thought-provoking indie movie, which won a Special Jury Prize last month at Sundance, where it premiered in competition.

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Six Sundance Movies That Surprisingly Haven’t Sold Yet

SundanceNonAcquisitionMany films that premiered at Sundance have already been picked up for distribution yet a half dozen films that impressed us haven’t even gotten a bite yet.

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More Sundance Sales: Netflix Picks Up Animated “White Fang,” Samuel Goldwyn Snaps Up “Nancy”

WhiteFangNancyThe animated take on Jack London’s classic tale of fiction and the psychological thriller starring Andrea Riseborough are both expected to be released this year.

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IFC Films Picks Up Paul Dano’s “Wildlife,” Starring Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal

CareyMulliganWildlifeDano’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel, received mixed reactions at Sundance.

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Sundance: Father-Daughter Relationships Take Center Stage in Four Great Sundance Premieres

SundanceFathersDaughtersHearts Beat Loud, Leave No Trace, Eighth Grade and Search all take a look at unconventional familial bonds and how they’re affected by circumstance.

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Lionsgate, Roadside Acquire Romantic Comedy “Juliet, Naked” Starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd

Juliet, Naked ReviewBased on the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life’s second chances. Jesse Peretz directed from a script by Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor and Evgenia Peretz.

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“Damsel” Review: Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska Are Terrific in This Charming, Smart Commentary on Gender Roles

Damsel Review “The latest film from the Zellner brothers is slight and sweet and funny, but it manages to offer some really smart observations on the way men attach themselves to the idea of a woman rather than the actual woman,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Hereditary” Review: A24’s Sundance Sensation Will Scare the Shit Out of You, Even If It Doesn’t Fully Add Up

Hereditary Review“Even if I don’t think Hereditary totally works in terms of what story gets told, the storytelling is commanding. As an experience, this was exactly what I look for from a Sundance midnight movie — a creepy exercise in control that sends the audience uneasily out into the frozen dark,” writes noted horror buff Drew McWeeny.

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2018 Sundance Sales Sheet: Neon, SPWA Brought Their Checkbooks to Park City

SundanceAcquisitionsCollageMore than a dozen high-profile Sundance titles were picked up for distribution during the festival, but there are many other titles still trying to find a home… and an audience.

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Sundance: Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” Wins 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize

MiseducationCameronPostSundanceThe four directing awards each went to a different woman director, as did the Waldo Salt screenwriting prize. Aneesh Chaganty’s Search won the Audience Award in the NEXT category as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Award and Amazon Studios Producer Award.

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“Tully” Review: Sundance Scores With Secret Screening Starring a Terrific Charlize Theron

Tully Review“Director Jason Reitman has become a punching bag for some critics, and unfairly. He’s had an uneven career, but it’s clear that the material he makes is material that speaks to him in a personal way… and I love that he seems to be willing to let his leads be terribly flawed without judging them,” writes Drew McWeeny

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“Three Identical Strangers” Review: An Intense Emotional Ride About Triplets Separated at Birth

Three Identical Strangers Review“While I think this film will play for every audience, and I think it’s one of the best overall movies I’ve seen at the festival this year, there is little doubt that being adopted made this a very uncomfortable emotional experience for me, and a personal one,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Annapurna Buys “Sorry to Bother You” Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Armie Hammer

Sorry to Bother You AnnapurnaBoots Riley’s directorial debut stars Get Out‘s Stanfield as an Oakland-based telemarketer who discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe.

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Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart’s Racy Drama “Lizzie” Sells to Saban Films, Roadside Attractions

LizzieBCraig William Macneill directed from a script by Bryce Kass, and Sevigny produced the film with Naomi Despres and Liz Destro.

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Sundance: “Blindspotting” Goes to Lionsgate, The Orchard and Moviepass Pick Up “American Animals”

BlindspottingAmericanAnimalsTwo of the more high-profile Sundance premieres were screened early in the fest with the Daveed Diggs starrer Blindspotting being one of the Day One premieres and Bart Layton’s American Animals screening shortly afterwards. The latter is the first acquisition by MoviePass Ventures.

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Sundance: Daveed Diggs’ “Blindspotting,” Jordana Spiro’s “Night Comes On” Tackle Heavy and Important Issues

BlindSpottingNightComesOnTwo feature film directorial debuts offer an insightful look into personal and political issues using very different storytelling and filmmaking styles.

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Margot Robbie’s Noir Thriller “Terminal” Goes to RLJE Films

MargotExcerpt A spring 2018 theatrical release is planned for Terminal, which also stars Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, Max Irons, and Dexter Fletcher.

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“Burden” Review: Garrett Hedlund Is Very Good in Andrew Heckler’s Well-Meaning But Dishonest KKK Drama

Burden Review“Andrea Riseborough is great and Forest Whitaker is strong as a man of faith, but while Tom Wilkinson is good at conveying malice, he’s got that “English actor doing a Southern accent” accent that’s not really the right accent, but rather a weird approximation of it,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Revenge” Review: Director Coralie Fargeat Announces Herself as the Real Deal With Her Blood-Soaked First Feature

Revenge Review“This is as much a “movie movie” as something like Evil Dead II, and I don’t make that comparison lightly. By the time star Matilda Lutz assumes her final form in this film, she is as iconic in her way as Ash was with his chainsaw hand,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Sundance: Sam Levinson’s “Assassination Nation” Picked Up by Neon, AGBO for Over $10 Million

AssassinationNationSundanceThe first acquisition (but probably not the last) from the Midnight section of Sundance is a topical horror-thriller starring Bella Thorne, Odessa Young, Hari Nef and Maude Apatow.

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“The Tale” Review: Laura Dern Delivers in This Emotionally Powerful, Deeply Disturbing Drama

The Tale Review“I think this is a brave film precisely because it’s not about someone doing every single thing right. It’s not about someone who perfectly handles something. It’s messy. It’s frustrating. And, yeah, when it’s very good, it’s great. And important. And insightful,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Juliet, Naked” Review: The Nick Hornby Genre Is Alive and Well Thanks to a Strong Cast Led by Rose Byrne

Juliet, Naked Review“Director Jesse Peretz seems to be growing as a filmmaker, and he’s got such a solid foundation in the form of the script by Tamara Jenkins and Jim Taylor that it gives him plenty of room to work,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Sundance: Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Scandinavian Thriller “The Guilty”

TheGuiltySundanceDirected by Gustav Möller, based on a screenplay co-written by Emil Nygaard Albertsen, the thriller involves an emergency call dispatcher who gets caught up in a far larger web of intrigue while trying to save a kidnapped woman.

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Sundance: Neon Acquires Police Shooting Drama “Monsters and Men”

Monsters and MenReinaldo Marcus Green’s directorial debut is a triptych following three stories — a family man captures an unlawful police shooting on video; a police officer with conflicting feelings about what that video shows; and a high school athlete who, in the aftermath of the shooting, is inspired to stand up for what he believes in.

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Sundance: Female Leads Struggle with Mid-Life Crises in Trio of Sundance Premieres

GyllenhaalByrneMulliganMaggie Gyllenhaal, Rose Byrne and Carey Mulligan drive The Kindergarten Teacher, Juliet, Naked and Paul Dano’s Wildlife to very different places.

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Sundance Diary, Day 2: “Eighth Grade” Soars While Paul Rudd Bores and Nicolas Cage Bleeds

Sundance Diary Day 2I also caught Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing, and while it isn’t nearly as bold or as daring as his debut The Eyes of My Mother, it’s a fun two-hander starring Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska that plays like a bloodier version of Phantom Thread.

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“Mandy” Review: Nicolas Cage’s Deranged Revenge Thriller Is Lush and Gorgeous, Even at Its Ugliest

Mandy ReviewDirector Panos Cosmatos and his co-writer Aaron Stewart-Ahn absolutely know what movie they’re making, and they are after something that draws together all of the various things that have influenced them in a way that is personal and authentic, and not just about what looks cool,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Review: Mr. Rogers Documentary Arrives at a Critical Time for Common Decency

Won't You Be My Neighbor ReviewMr. Rogers’ Neighborhood remains one of the definitive works of art in any medium about the way childhood imagination works,” writes Drew McWeeny, who said the emotional film “broke” him.

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Sundance: Debra Granik’s Drama “Leave No Trace” Starring Ben Foster Sells Foreign to Sony Worldwide

ThomasinNewcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenziefollows plays a teenage girl who lives in the woods outside of Portland, Oregon with her father (Foster). A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from Forest Park, and into the charge of a social service agency.

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