• [The Daily] Sundance Completes Its 2018 Lineup

    By David Hudson

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    With the addition of eight features, a virtual reality experience, and hosted retrospectives, the lineup for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival (January 18 through 28) is now complete. Previously announced are the features programs, the lineups for the new Indie Episodic section as well as the Shorts and Special Events, and New Frontier.

    Now, with descriptions from the festival:

    FROM THE COLLECTION

    An Evening with Todd Haynes. In the thirty years since he burst onto the indie scene, Todd Haynes has established himself as one of most distinctive voices in American cinema. A special conversation with Haynes and longtime collaborator, producer Christine Vachon, explores Haynes’s early work, including clips from notable, recently restored gems.

    Smoke Signals (1998). Director: Chris Eyre. Screenwriter: Sherman Alexie. Producers: Larry Estes and Scott Rosenfelt. When Victor’s estranged father Arnold dies in Arizona, he must leave his home on an Idaho reservation to retrieve Arnold’s ashes. Victor’s friend Thomas offers to fund the trip, but only if he can accompany Victor. Together they undertake a journey filled with discovery about their personal and cultural identities. Cast: Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer, and Tantoo Cardinal.

    DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES

    Akicita.: The Battle of Standing Rock. Image above. Director: Cody Lucich. Producers: Heather Rae, Gingger Shankar, and Ben-Alex Dupris. Standing Rock, 2016: the largest Native American occupation since Wounded Knee. Thousands of activists, environmentalists and militarized police descend on the Dakota Access Pipeline in a standoff between oil corporations and a new generation of Native Warriors. This chronicle captures the sweeping struggle, spirit and havoc of a People’s uprising. World Premiere.

    MIDNIGHT

    Hereditary. Director and screenwriter: Ari Aster. Producers: Kevin Frakes, Lars Knudsen, and Buddy Patrick. After their reclusive grandmother passes away, the Graham family tries to escape the dark fate they’ve inherited. Cast: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd, and Milly Shapiro. World Premiere.

    Lords of Chaos. Director: Jonas Åkerlund. Screenwriters: Jonas Åkerlund and Dennis Magnusson. Producers: Kwesi Dickson, Danny Gabai, Jim Czarnecki, Erik Gordon, Jack Arbuthnott, and Ko Mori. Based on truth (and lies), Lords of Chaos is a dark drama about a precocious teenager, Euronymous, who wants to spread evil, chaos, and true Norwegian black metal. When Euronymous invites a mysterious loner, Varg, to join his “Black Circle,” a rivalry sparks, leading to unexpected consequences. Cast: Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Sky Ferreira, Jack Kilmer, and Valter Skarsgård. World Premiere.

    NEW FRONTIER

    Isle of Dogs Behind the Scenes (in Virtual Reality). Lead Artists: A collaboration between Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael and the Isle of Dogs production team. This virtual reality experience places the viewer inside the miniature world of Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion animated film, face to face with the cast of dogs as they are interviewed on set, while the crew of the film works around you to create the animation you are seeing. Cast: A selection of actors from the cast of Isle of Dogs.

    PREMIERES

    The Long Dumb Road. Director: Hannah Fidell. Screenwriters: Hannah Fidell and Carson Mell. Producers: Hannah Fidell, Jacqueline “JJ” Ingram, Jonathan Duffy, and Kelly Williams. Two very different men, at personal crossroads, meet serendipitously and take an unpredictable journey through the American Southwest. Cast: Tony Revolori, Jason Mantzoukas, Taissa Farmiga, Grace Gummer, Ron Livingston, and Casey Wilson. World Premiere.

    Private Life. Director and screenwriter: Tamara Jenkins. Producers: Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu. A couple in the throes of infertility try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. When their doctor suggests third-party reproduction, they bristle. But when Sadie, a recent college dropout, re-enters their life, they reconsider. Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Molly Shannon, John Carroll Lynch, and Kayli Carter. World Premiere.

    SPECIAL EVENTS

    RuPaul’s Drag Race: A Retrospective of the Cultural Phenomenon. Lead Artist: RuPaul Charles. A retrospective of VH1's Emmy-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race on the heels of its tenth season, and a panel hosted by RuPaul with executive producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, along with Tom Campbell and Pamela Post, senior vice president of Original Programming for MTV, VH1, and Logo. Cast: RuPaul Charles, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews. World Premiere.

    SPOTLIGHT

    You Were Never Really Here. Director and screenwriter: Lynne Ramsay. Producers: Pascal Caucheteux, Rosa Attab, James Wilson, Rebecca O'Brien, and Lynne Ramsay. A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Alessandro Nivola, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman, and Alex Manette. North American Premiere.

    Sweet Country. Director and screenwriter: Warwick Thornton. Producers: David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin. In 1920s Australia, a middle-aged Aboriginal man's comfortable life is upended by a newcomer’s arrival. Wanted for murder in the bloody aftermath of a violent shootout, he must flee into the dangerous outback with his wife. Cast: Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Hamilton Morris, Ewen Leslie, Thomas M. Wright, and Matt Day. Utah Premiere.

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4 comments

  • By Sean Ramsdell
    December 20, 2017
    02:56 AM

    Smoke Signals is 1998
    Reply
  • By David H.
    December 20, 2017
    10:17 AM

    Thanks for catching that!
    Reply
  • By Pat McCann
    December 20, 2017
    11:12 AM

    I'm so excited for You Were Never Really Here. Post 2010 Joaquin Phoenix career reinvention has made him into the best actor of his generation as BEE posited. All of his films in the last seven years have been wonderful - The Immigrant, Irrational Man, The Master, Her, Inherent Vice.
    Reply
    • By Nick Inman
      December 26, 2017
      12:50 AM

      Phoenix is one of the very few actors who genuinely excite me these days. While many of the actors I'm fascinated by eventually sell out to the Hollywood machine (Fassbender, Isaac), Phoenix continues to push himself, more interested in making good movies than "big" movies. Can't wait for his next!