The festival will be back at Picturehouse Central from May 31–June 3, opening with one of seven films directed by women. In fact, with the abridged line-up of 12 feature-length movies, the schedule equates to an impressive 58% of films made by female film-makers.
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Jennifer Fox’s intense drama The Tale, starring Laura Dern, Elizabeth Debicki and Ellen Burstyn, will launch proceedings. At the other end of the festival, closing the event will be Leave No Trace, Debra Granik’s eagerly awaited follow-up to Winter’s Bone (2010). Granik has made a couple of documentaries since her surprise hit shot Jennifer Lawrence to fame eight years ago. Her new movie stars Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as a father and daughter who live ‘off-grid’ until they are drawn into society.
The Sundance Film Festival began in 1978 under the name of the ‘Utah/United States Film Festival’, with the event officially changing its name to its current moniker in 1991 following Hollywood actor Robert Redford’s 1985 takeover. The aim then, as now, was to champion emerging voices in film, theatre and new media. The London edition of Sundance has been moved in recent years to Central London from its original home at the O2 Arena.
This year’s other highlights include Chloë Grace Moretz in Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post and the UK premiere of Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie.
Finally, on the feature film front, keep an eye out for the film that terrified audiences in America earlier this year when Toni Collette will be in attendance to introduce us to her creepy horror flick Hereditary.
The festival is also popular with fans of cutting-edge short films. This year we will see some of the best on offer, including a number of projects filmed in London.
Tickets and a full line-up of films and events are available from the Sundance Film Festival ’18: London website.