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Sundance Film Festival 2018

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People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Director and Screenwriter - Bart Layton

About - The unbelievable but mostly true story of four young men who mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.

Cast - Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd, Udo Kier
People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Director - Ethan Hawke
Screenwriters - Ethan Hawke, Sybil Rosen

About - A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement; he gave up paradise for the sake of a song.

Cast - Benjamin Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Josh Hamilton, Charlie Sexton
People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Director - Carlos Lopez Estrada
Screenwriters - Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs

About - A buddy comedy in a world that won’t let it be one.

Cast - Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones
People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 6.6
Burden (2020)
Director and Screenwriter - Andrew Heckler

About - After opening a KKK shop, Klansman Michael Burden falls in love with a single mom who forces him to confront his senseless hatred. After leaving the Klan and with nowhere to turn, Burden is taken in by an African-American reverend, and learns tolerance through their combined love and faith.

Cast - Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wilkinson, Usher Raymond
People who added this item 167 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
Director and Screenwriter - Bo Burnham

About - Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year — before she begins high school.

Cast - Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton
Director - Reed Morano
Screenwriter- Mike Makowsky

About - The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse — until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.

Cast - Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning
People who added this item 48 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Director and Screenwriter - Sara Colangelo

About - Lisa Spinelli is a Staten Island teacher who is unusually devoted to her students. When she discovers one of her five-year-olds is a prodigy, she becomes fascinated with the boy, ultimately risking her family and freedom to nurture his talent. Based on the acclaimed Israeli film.

Cast - Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar, Anna Barynishikov, Michael Chernus, Gael Garcia Bernal
People who added this item 48 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.8
Director - Craig William Macneill
Screenwriter - Bryce Kass

About - Based on the 1892 murder of Lizzie Borden‘s family in Fall River, MA, this tense psychological thriller lays bare the legend of Lizzie Borden to reveal the much more complex, poignant and truly terrifying woman within, as well as her intimate bond with the family‘s young Irish housemaid, Bridget Sullivan.

Cast - Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, Denis O’Hare
Director - Desiree Akhavan
Screenwriters - Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele

About - 1993: after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center. Based on Emily Danforth’s acclaimed and controversial coming-of-age novel.

Cast - Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle
People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
Director - Anthony Mandler
Screenwriters - Radha Blank, Cole Wiley, Janece Shaffer

About - “Monster” is what the prosecutor calls 17-year-old honors student and aspiring filmmaker Steve Harmon. Charged with felony murder for a crime he says he did not commit, the film follows his dramatic journey through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.

Cast - Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Rakim Mayers, Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson
People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.8
Director and Screenwriter - Reinaldo Marcus Green

About - This interwoven narrative explores the aftermath of a police killing of a black man. The film is told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.

Cast - John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chanté Adams, Nicole Beharie, Rob Morgan
People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
Nancy (2018)
Director and Screenwriter - Christina Choe

About - Blurring lines between fact and fiction, Nancy becomes increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child. When she meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, reasonable doubts give way to willful belief – and the power of emotion threatens to overcome all rationality.

Cast - Andrea Riseborough, J. Smith-Cameron, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd, John Leguizamo
People who added this item 196 Average listal rating (135 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Director and Screenwriter - Boots Riley

About - In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe.

Cast - Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Armie Hammer, Omari Hardwicke
People who added this item 59 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
The Tale (2018)
Director and Screenwriter - Jennifer Fox

About - An investigation into one woman’s memory as she‘s forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive; based on the filmmaker’s own story.

Cast - Laura Dern, Isabel Nelisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ellen Burstyn, Common
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 10 IMDB Rating 5.2
Tyrel (2018)
Director and Screenwriter - Sebastian Silva

About - Tyler spirals out of control when he realizes he‘s the only black person attending a weekend birthday party in a secluded cabin.

Cast - Jason Mitchell, Christopher Abbott, Michael Cera, Caleb Landry Jones, Ann Dowd
People who added this item 76 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Wildlife (2018)
Director - Paul Dano
Screenwriters - Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan

About - Montana, 1960: A portrait of a family in crisis. Based on the novel by Richard Ford.

Cast - Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp, Jake Gyllenhaal
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Bisbee '17 (2018)
Director and Screenwriter - Robert Greene

About - An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.

Cast - Fernando Serrano, Laurie McKenna, Ray Family, Mike Anderson, Graeme Family, Richard Hodges
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 9.2
Director - Stephen Maing

About - Over four years of unprecedented access, the story of a brave group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and one unrelenting private investigator who, amidst a landmark lawsuit, risk everything to expose illegal quota practices and their impact on young minorities.
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 9.1
Dark Money (2018)
Director and Screenwriter - Kimberly Reed

About - “Dark money” contributions, made possible by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, flood modern American elections – but Montana is showing Washington D.C. how to solve the problem of unlimited anonymous money in politics.
People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 8.5
Director - Stephanie Soechtig

About - Unraveling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical — now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans — into the local drinking water supply.
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Hal (2018)
Director - Amy Scott

About - Hal Ashby’s obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar®-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby’s uncompromising nature played out as a cautionary tale of art versus commerce.
Director - RaMell Ross
Screenwriter - Maya Krinsky

About - An exploration of coming-of-age in the Black Belt of the American South, using stereotypical imagery to fill in the landscape between iconic representations of black men and encouraging a new way of looking, while resistance to narrative suspends conclusive imagining – allowing the viewer to complete the film.
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 8.1
Director - Laura Nix

About - Take a journey with young minds from around the globe as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Watch these passionate innovators find the courage to face the planet‘s environmental threats while navigating adolescence.
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 8
Kailash (2018)
Director - Derek Doneen

About - As a young man, Kailash Satyarthi promised himself that he would end child slavery in his lifetime. In the decades since, he has rescued more than eighty thousand children and built a global movement. This intimate and suspenseful film follows one man‘s journey to do what many believed was impossible.
People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 7.2
Director and Screenwriter - Heather Lenz

About - Now one of the world‘s most celebrated artists, Yayoi Kusama broke free of the rigid society in which she was raised, and overcame sexism, racism, and mental illness to bring her artistic vision to the world stage. At 88 she lives in a mental hospital and continues to create art.
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 5.9
The Last Race (2018)
Director - Michael Dweck

About - A cinematic portrait of a small town stock car track and the tribe of drivers that call it home as they struggle to hold onto an American racing tradition. The avant-garde narrative explores the community and its conflicts through an intimate story that reveals the beauty, mystery and emotion of grassroots auto racing.
People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 8.2
Director - Bing Liu

About - Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.
People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 8.1
Director - Alexandria Bombach

About - Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to politicians and media, this ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the world stage as the voice of her people. Away from the podium, she must navigate bureaucracy, fame and people’s good intentions.
Director - Nathaniel Kahn

About - With unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot market surrounding them, this film dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a funhouse mirror up to our values and our times – where everything can be bought and sold.
People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.6
Directors - Sophie Sartain, Roberta Grossman

About - Gloria Allred overcame trauma and personal setbacks to become one of the nation‘s most famous women‘s rights attorneys. Now the feminist firebrand takes on two of the biggest adversaries of her career, Bill Cosby and Donald Trump, as sexual violence allegations grip the nation and keep her in the spotlight.
People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Sentence (2018)
Director - Rudy Valdez

About - Cindy Shank, mother of three, is serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement with a Michigan drug ring years earlier. This intimate portrait of mandatory minimum drug sentencing’s devastating consequences, captured by Cindy’s brother, follows her and her family over the course of ten years.
People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Director - Tim Wardle

About - New York,1980: three complete strangers accidentally discover that they’re identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds‘ joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives – and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9
Iceland, Sweden, Belgium
Director and Screenwriter - Ísold Uggadóttir

About - At the edge of Iceland‘s Reykjanes peninsula, two women‘s lives will intersect — for a brief moment — while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track.

Cast- Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadja, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson.
People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Butterflies (2005)
Director and Screenwriter - Tolga Karaçelik

About - In the Turkish village of Hasanlar, three siblings who neither know each other nor anything about their late father, wait to bury his body. As they start to find out more about their father and about each other, they also start to know more about themselves.

Cast - Tolga Tekin, Bartu Kucukcaglayan, Tugce Altug, Serkan Keskin, Hakan Karsak
People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
Director and Screenwriter - Cathy Yan

About - A bumbling pig farmer, a feisty salon owner, a sensitive busboy, an expat architect and a disenchanted rich girl converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs float down the river towards a rapidly-modernizing Shanghai, China. Based on true events.

Cast - Vivian Wu, Haoyu Yang, Mason Lee, Meng Li, David Rysdahl
People who added this item 113 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Director - Gustav Möller
Screenwriters - Gustav Möller, Emil Nygaard Albertsen

About - Alarm dispatcher Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman; after a sudden disconnection, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to solve a crime that is far bigger than he first thought.

Cast - Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen, Omar Shargawi
People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 5.7
Holiday (2018)
Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden
Director - Isabella Eklöf
Screenwriters - Isabella Eklöf, Johanne Algren

About - 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.

Cast - Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer
People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Brazil, Uruguay
Director - Gustavo Pizzi
Screenwriters - Gustavo Pizzi, Karine Teles

About - On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Irene has only a few days to overcome her anxiety and renew her strength before sending her eldest son out into the world.

Cast - Karine Teles, Otavio Muller, Adriana Esteves, Konstantinos Sarris, Cesar Troncoso
People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Pity (2018)
Greece, Poland
Director - Babis Makridis
Screenwriters - Efthimis Filippou, Babis Makridis

About - The story of a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy: addicted to sadness, with such need for pity, that he‘s willing to do everything to evoke it from others. This is the life of a man in a world not cruel enough for him.

Cast - Yannis Drakopoulos, Evi Saoulidou, Nota Tserniafski, Makis Papadimitriou, Georgina Chryskioti, Evdoxia Androulidaki
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 6.2
Argentina, Denmark
Directors - Valeria Bertuccelli, Fabiana Tiscornia
Screenwriter - Valeria Bertuccelli

About - Only one month left until the premiere of The Golden Time, the long-awaited solo show by acclaimed actress Robertina. Far from focused on the preparations for this new production, Robertina lives in a state of continuous anxiety that turns her privileged life into an absurd and tumultuous landscape.

Cast - Valeria Bertuccelli, Diego Velázquez, Gabriel Eduardo “Puma” Goity, Darío Grandinetti
People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
Director - Aly Muritiba
Screenwriters - Aly Muritiba, Jessica Candal

About - Tati and Renet were already trading pics, videos and music by their cellphones and on the last school trip they started making eye contact. However, what could be the beginning of a love story becomes an end.

Cast - Giovanni De Lorenzi, Tifanny Dopke, Enrique Diaz, Clarissa Kiste, Duda Azevedo, Pedro Inoue
People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6
Time Share (2018)
Mexico, Netherlands
Director - Sebastián Hofmann
Screenwriters - Julio Chavezmontes, Sebastián Hofmann

About - Two haunted family men join forces in a destructive crusade to rescue their families from a tropical paradise, after becoming convinced that an American timeshare conglomerate has a sinister plan to take their loved ones away.

Cast - Luis Gerardo Mendez, Miguel Rodarte, Andrés Almeida, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Monserrat Marañon, R.J. Mitte
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Canada, Cuba
Directors - Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastián Barriuso
Screenwriter - Lindsay Gossling

About - A Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment. Based on a true story.

Cast - Rodrigo Santoro, Maricel Álvarez, Yoandra Suárez
People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.8
Director - Idris Elba
Screenwriters - Brock Norman Brock, Martin Stellman

About - Jamaica, 1973. 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
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 7.6
Anote's Ark (2018)
Director - Matthieu Rytz

About - How does a nation survive being swallowed by the sea? Kiribati, on a low-lying Pacific atoll, will disappear within decades due to rising sea levels, population growth, and climate change. This exploration of how to migrate an entire nation with dignity interweaves personal stories of survival and resilience.
People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 8
The Cleaners (2018)
Germany, Brazil
Directors - Moritz Riesewieck, Hans Block
Screenwriters - Moritz Riesewieck, Hans Block, Georg Tschurtschenthaler

About - When you post something on the web, can you be sure it stays there? Enter a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn’t like: violence, pornography and political content. Who is controlling what we see…and what we think?
Directors - Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev

About - On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters search for tusks of extinct mammoths. When they discover a surprisingly well-preserved mammoth carcass, its resurrection will be the first manifestation of the next great technological revolution: genetics. It may well turn our world upside down.
Sri Lanka, U.K., U.S.
Director - Stephen Loveridge

About - 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.
Germany, Syria, Lebanon
Director - Talal Derki

About - Talal Derki returns to his homeland where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses on Osama and his younger brother Ayman, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up in an Islamic Caliphate.
Israel, Canada
Directors and Screenwriters - Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan

About - In 1992, Israeli-Palestinian relations reached an all time low. In an attempt to stop the bloodshed, a group of Israelis and Palestinians met illegally in Oslo. These meetings were never officially sanctioned and held in complete secrecy. They changed the Middle East forever.
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The Sundance Film Festival 2018 lineup, broken down by showcase and competition category.

The 2018 Sundance film festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 18–28.

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