From film buffs to culture lovers, each year, Sundance Film Festival brings almost 50,000 people to America’s largest ski resort. This year’s festival will be running from January 18-28 and will feature 110 independent films from 29 countries.
Whether you’re planning on taking your private jet off the tarmac from a short weekender, “Working from home” during a feature film, and unplugging for a week to take it all in we’ve got you covered on what you need to be watching.
If you like your cups of tea hot with milk and 2 sugars (Meaning you’re from the UK) you surely will not want to miss Yardie, set in ‘70’s Jamaica and directed by Idris Elba.
Synopsis: When a young boy witnesses his brother’s assassination, a powerful Don gives him a home. Ten years later he is sent on a mission to London. He reunites with his girlfriend and their daughter, but then the past catches up with them. Based on Victor Headley’s novel. Cast: Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham, Fraser James, Sheldon Shepherd, Everaldo Cleary. World Premiere
(Director: Idris Elba, Screenwriters: Brock Norman Brock, Martin Stellman, Producers: Gina Carter, Robin Gutch)
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.
Another film from the posher side of the pond documents M.I.A’s life, music, and everything in between.
Synopsis: Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions. World Premiere
(Director: Stephen Loveridge, Producers: Lori Cheatle, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey)
Filmed in Turkey, beauty and drugs meet a lavish life style in this modern gangster tale
Synopsis: A love triangle featuring the trophy girlfriend of a petty drug lord, caught up in a web of luxury and violence in a modern dark gangster tale set in the beautiful port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera.
(Director: Isabella Eklöf, Screenwriters: Isabella Eklöf, Johanne Algren, Producer: David B. Sørensen) (Cast: Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer. World Premiere)
Mention Studio 54 to any over-40 club-lover who was in New York City in the 70’s and you’ve instantly made a friend. Check out what all the hype was about in this feature documentary
Synopsis: Studio 54 was the pulsating epicenter of 1970s hedonism: a disco hothouse of beautiful people, drugs, and sex. The journeys of Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell — two best friends from Brooklyn who conquered New York City — frame this history of the “greatest club of all time.” World Premiere
(Director: Matt Tyrnauer, Producers: Matt Tyrnauer, John Battsek, Corey Reeser)
Materialism, Capitalism, and Narcissism – A documentary who’s synopsis has us intrigued to say the least
Synopsis: Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture. Simultaneously personal journey and historical essay, the film bears witness to the global boom–bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of late stage capitalism, narcissism and greed. World Premiere.
(Director: Lauren Greenfield, Producers: Lauren Greenfield, Frank Evers)
Check the full Sundance Film Festival schedule here.