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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

7 More Interesting Films on the Sundance Slate

Something tells me I'm going to be stalking this year's Sundance films long after they've left the festival. Since the full lineup was recently announced, I've added a few more titles to my anticipation list that I wanted to share with you. This particular rundown tends to lean more towards the crime dramas and supernatural thrillers, so if that's your poison you'll definitely want to have a look-see:



STOCKHOLM, PENNSYLVANIA

Director: Nikole Beckwith
Writer: Nikole Beckwith
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cynthia Nixon, Jason Isaacs, David Warshofsky
Description: A young woman is reunited with her parents, Marcy and Glen, after being abducted 17 years earlier. Raised in a suburban basement and renamed Leia by her kidnapper, Ben, she was told the outside world had come to an end, and now she must completely reconceive her perception of it. The bright 22-year-old is also forced to reconcile her new life with parents who are virtual strangers and her past life of captivity with Ben, on whom she was completely dependent. As Leia’s growing alienation leads to her longing for Ben, Marcy slowly implodes in her attempts to reclaim her child, and the notion of what it is to be free is called into question.



ADVANTAGEOUS

Director: Jennifer Phang
Writer: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang
Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim
Description: In a metropolis in the near future, Gwen Koe, a beautiful woman full of poise and grace, works as the spokesperson for the Center for Advanced Health and Living, a company that offers a radical new technology allowing people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin life anew. But when a shift in company priorities threatens her job and her family, will Gwen undergo the procedure herself?




H.

Director: Rania Attieh/Daniel Garcia
Writer: Rania Attieh/Daniel Garcia
Cast: Robin Bartlett, Rebecca Dayan, Will Janowitz, Julian Gamble, Roger Robinson
Description: In Troy, New York, two women, both named Helen, carry on seemingly complacent existences with their respective partners. Middle-aged Helen lives with husband Roy and finds comfort from a "reborn" baby doll. Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner. Foreboding signs begin to appear: a meteor reportedly crashes nearby; people go missing; and inexplicable, life-altering changes spiral the Helens’ inert realities through a terrifying journey into unknown terrain.


THE NIGHTMARE

Director: Rodney Ascher
Writer: Rodney Ascher
Cast: Documentary Subjects
Description: You are very tired. The pillow is soft. It’s late at night, and you start to drift off in your bed. Snap—your body locks up, totally frozen. But you are not asleep. You can see and hear everything. That’s when the shadow men come.



REVERSAL

Director: J.M. Craviotot
Writer: Rock Shaink, Keith Kjornes
Cast; Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson, Bianca Malinowski
Description: Chained by her ankle and locked away in the dismal basement of a sexual predator, Eve has been missing and presumed dead for some time. Lost to her family and friends, she wastes away in isolation between horrifying visits from her vile captor, who remains unaware that Eve has been maniacally planning her escape. With a carefully placed brick, she beats him senseless as he approaches and frees herself from his grasp at the outset of the film. But too quickly, she learns there are other girls in other houses facing sinister fates of their own. Making a deal with the devil, she vows to save them all, turning her torturer into her prisoner, one who will lead her to his prey one by one.


IT FOLLOWS

Director: David Robert Mitchell
Writer: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe
Description: As 19-year-old Jay’s summer—spent hanging with friends, lounging in a backyard pool—nears an end, her unperturbed suburban existence is about to be horrifyingly upended. After sleeping with a new boyfriend, she’s suddenly pursued, slowly but persistently, by a malevolent supernatural presence that takes the form of different people. Hoping to buy time and devise a plan, Jay and her friends escape to a beach house. But it’s coming.


LILA & EVE

Director: Charles Stone III
Writer: Patrick Gilfillan
Cast: Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham, Julius Tennon, Ron Caldwell, Aml Ameen
Description: When teenage Stephon is killed in a drive-by shooting, his mother, Lila, slips into a paralyzing grief. She joins a support group for women who have lost children to crime and meets Eve, a woman whose little girl was killed the same night as Stephon. Lila and Eve form a friendship, and Lila begins to crawl out of her depression. She develops a burning desire to find justice for her son, and she presses the authorities for answers, but they are slow-moving and ineffective. It’s Eve who has the idea first—join together, find the drug dealers who shot Stephon dead, and bring them to justice themselves. 

The Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Utah January 22-February 1, 2015. 

2 comments:

Ashlee Blackwell said...

Great picks! I'll be keeping my eye out as well.

Brittani Burnham said...

Nice! I'm going to keep an eye out for some of these. Except Reversal, that one sounds like it isn't for me.

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