¡El Festival de Cine de Sundance 2021 revela su cartel!


Hoy temprano, el Festival de Cine de Sundance reveló su programa completo para la encarnación 2021 del festival. Obviamente, no se llevará a cabo únicamente en Park City, Utah, ya que la pandemia de COVID-19 todavía está afectando a la industria de manera importante. En cambio, habrá un componente en línea, lo que hace que este sea un Sundance diferente a cualquier otro. Además, el festival contará con una tonelada de obras de debut, lo que les dará a los principiantes una oportunidad de recibir una verdadera aclamación. Esta vez, la lista de películas incluye la friolera de 72 largometrajes, que representan a casi 30 países, así como 38 de las películas de cineastas primerizos. Siga leyendo para obtener más información sobre la programación del festival …

Aquí está el comunicado de prensa que anuncia la programación del Festival de Cine de Sundance para 2021:

PARK CITY, UTAH – El Instituto Sundance, una organización sin fines de lucro, anunció hoy la exhibición de nuevos trabajos independientes seleccionados en el largometraje , Cortometraje, Series Indie y New Frontier para el Festival de Cine de Sundance 2021. El Festival se llevará a cabo digitalmente a través de una plataforma en línea con muchas funciones, construida por Sundance y en persona en pantallas de satélite en todo el país (si la salud pública lo permite) del 28 de enero al 3 de febrero de 2021. Además, los asistentes al Festival pueden reunirse en salas de espera virtuales , participe en preguntas y respuestas en vivo y conéctese en entornos en línea nuevos e inspirados para interactuar de diversas formas, tanto nuevas como familiares. El Instituto compartió detalles de cómo el Festival se reunirá con el público en la plataforma en línea y las pantallas de satélite a principios de este mes.

El Festival de Cine de Sundance es el programa público insignia del Instituto Sundance. A lo largo del año, la mayoría de los recursos del Instituto apoyan a artistas independientes de todo el mundo a medida que realizan y desarrollan nuevos trabajos mediante el acceso a laboratorios, subvenciones directas, becas, residencias y otras intervenciones estratégicas y tácticas.

“La unión ha sido un principio motivador aquí en el Sundance Institute mientras trabajamos para reimaginar el Festival para 2021, porque no hay Sundance sin nuestra comunidad ”, dijo el fundador y presidente del Sundance Institute, Robert Redford. "Bajo el liderazgo de Tabitha, hemos forjado una nueva visión colectiva: una que honra el espíritu y la tradición de estas vigorizantes reuniones anuales en Utah, al tiempo que abrimos espacio para nuevas e imaginativas posibilidades en un nuevo formato en línea".

"Por supuesto, el año de la pandemia exigió adaptación ”, dijo Keri Putnam, directora ejecutiva del Instituto Sundance. “En un nivel más profundo, también reconocemos la urgencia de apoyar a los narradores independientes en un momento de gran agitación en los campos del cine y los medios. Estamos orgullosos de que esta edición del Festival sea ferozmente independiente y llegará a la gente de todas partes, celebrando tanto la experiencia teatral en nuestras pantallas de satélite como la transmisión en nuestra plataforma ".

" Este Festival es una respuesta singular a un año singular: tanto en diseño como en curaduría, y estamos entusiasmados con las nuevas dimensiones de posibilidad que revelará. Pero en el fondo es algo que habla de nuestros valores más perdurables ”, dijo Tabitha Jackson, directora del Festival de Cine de Sundance. “Durante miles de años, los humanos se han reunido para contar historias y dar sentido. En este año pandémico nos reunimos para celebrar una constelación de artistas con perspectivas únicas que expresan este momento actual y que juntos están diciendo: “Existimos. Esto es lo que somos. Y esto es lo que vemos '”.

“ El trabajo en el programa de este año es innovador, imaginativo y formalmente atrevido ”, dijo Kim Yutani, director de programación del Festival. “Con más de la mitad del programa hecho por directores noveles, el sentido de descubrimiento sigue siendo fiel para nosotros en Sundance. El Festival de este año presenta evidencia irrefutable de que a pesar de los desafíos, la voz independiente es tan fuerte como siempre. ”

Las películas del Día Uno que debutarán en la plataforma para inaugurar el Festival serán Censor, CODA, Flee, One for the Road, In The Mismo aliento y verano del alma (… O, cuando la revolución no pudo ser televisada).

Son of Monarchs, que se proyecta en la sección NEXT, ha sido nombrado ganador del premio Alfred P. Sloan al largometraje. [19659002] Anunciado hoy: la lista completa de obras de 2021, incluidos 72 largometrajes, que representan a 29 países y 38 cineastas primerizos. 14 películas y proyectos anunciados hoy fueron apoyados por Sundance Institute en desarrollo, a través de la concesión directa o la residencia Labs. 66 de los largometrajes del Festival, o el 92% del cartel anunciado hoy, serán estrenos mundiales. Estas películas fueron seleccionadas de 14.092 presentaciones, incluidas 3.500 largometrajes. De las presentaciones de largometrajes, 1.377 fueron de EE. UU. Y 2.132 fueron internacionales. Los datos demográficos del director están disponibles en una nota del editor a continuación.

Los proyectos confirmados para el Festival de Cine de Sundance 2021 son:

COMPETENCIA DRAMÁTICA
Al presentar los estrenos mundiales de 10 largometrajes narrativos, la Competencia Dramática ofrece a los asistentes al festival una primera mirada a las nuevas voces revolucionarias del cine independiente estadounidense. Las películas que se han estrenado en esta categoría en los últimos años incluyen Minari, Never Rarely Then Always, The Farewell, Honey Boy, Clemency, Eighth Grade y Sorry to Bother You.

CODA / USA (Director y Guionista: Siân Heder, Productores : Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger) – Como CODA – Hijo de adultos sordos – Ruby es la única persona oyente en su familia sorda. Cuando el negocio pesquero de la familia se ve amenazado, Ruby se encuentra dividida entre perseguir su amor por la música y su miedo a abandonar a sus padres. Reparto: Emilia Jones, Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant y Marlee Matlin. Estreno mundial. DÍA UNO

I Was a Simple Man / EE. UU. (Director y guionista: Christopher Makoto Yogi, productores: Sarah S. Kim, Christopher Makoto Yogi, Matthew Petock, Yamato Cibulka) – Mientras una familia en Hawai'i se enfrenta a la muerte inminente de sus mayores, los fantasmas del pasado acechan el campo. Reparto: Steve Iwamoto, Constance Wu, Kanoa Goo, Chanel Akiko Hirai, Tim Chiou, Boonyanudh Jiyarom. Estreno mundial

Jockey / EE. UU. (Director: Clint Bentley, Guionistas: Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar, Productores: Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar, Nancy Schafer) – Un jockey envejecido está decidido a ganar un último campeonato, pero su sueño es complicado cuando aparece un joven novato que dice ser su hijo. Reparto: Clifton Collins Jr., Molly Parker, Moises Arias. Estreno mundial

John and the Hole / Estados Unidos (Director: Pascual Sisto, Guionista: Nicolás Giacobone, Productores: Elika Portnoy, Alex Orlovsky, Mike Bowes) – Una historia no tradicional sobre la mayoría de edad, ambientada en la inquietante realidad de John , un niño que mantiene cautiva a su familia en un hoyo en el suelo. Reparto: Charlie Shotwell, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Ehle, Taissa Farmiga. Estreno mundial

Mayday / EE. UU. (Directora y guionista: Karen Cinorre, productores: Jonah Disend, Lucas Joaquin, Karen Cinorre, Sam Levy) – Ana es transportada a una tierra de ensueño y peligrosa donde se une a un equipo de mujeres soldados que participan en una guerra sin fin a lo largo de una costa escarpada. Aunque encuentra fuerza en este mundo estimulante, se da cuenta de que ella no es la asesina que ellos quieren que sea. Reparto: Grace Van Patten, Mia Goth, Havana Rose Liu, Soko, Théodore Pellerin, Juliette Lewis. Estreno mundial

A la cuenta de tres / EE. UU. (Director: Jerrod Carmichael, Guionistas: Ari Katcher, Ryan Welch, Productores: David Carrico, Adam Paulsen, Tom Werner, Jake Densen, Ari Katcher, Jimmy Price) – Dos armas. Dos mejores amigas. Y un pacto para acabar con sus vidas cuando acabe el día. Reparto: Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, J.B. Smoove, Lavell Crawford, Henry Winkler. Estreno mundial

Aprobado / EE. UU. (Directora y guionista: Rebecca Hall, productores: Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Margot Hand, Rebecca Hall) – Dos mujeres afroamericanas que pueden "pasar" por blancas eligen vivir en lados opuestos de la línea de color en Nueva York de 1929 en una exploración de la identidad racial y de género, el desempeño, la obsesión y la represión. Basado en la novela de Nella Larsen. Reparto: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Camp. Estreno mundial

Superior / EE. UU. (Directora: Erin Vassilopoulos, Guionistas: Erin Vassilopoulos, Alessandra Mesa, Productores: Benjamin Cohen, Grant Curatola, Patrick Donovan) – Huyendo, Marian regresa a su ciudad natal en el norte del estado de Nueva York para esconderse con su hermana gemela idéntica separada, Vivian. Luchando por dejar atrás el pasado, Marian miente sobre el motivo de su regreso, dejando a su hermana en la oscuridad hasta que sus dos mundos comienzan a chocar. Reparto: Alessandra Mesa, Ani Mesa, Pico Alexander, Jake Hoffman, Stanley Simons. Estreno mundial

Together Together / EE. UU. (Director y guionista: Nikole Beckwith, Productores: Anthony Brandonisio, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Tim Headington) – Cuando la joven solitaria Anna es contratada como sustituto de Matt, un hombre soltero de unos 40 años, el dos extraños se dan cuenta de que esta relación inesperada desafiará rápidamente sus percepciones de conexión, límites y los detalles del amor. Reparto: Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Tig Notaro, Julio Torres, Anna Konkle. Estreno mundial

Wild Indian / EE. UU. (Director y guionista: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., productores: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., Thomas Mahoney, Eric Tavitian) – Dos hombres están indisolublemente unidos después de encubrir el salvaje asesinato de un compañero de escuela. . Después de años de separación siguiendo caminos tremendamente divergentes, finalmente deben confrontar cómo su traumático secreto ha moldeado irrevocablemente sus vidas. Reparto: Michael Greyeyes, Chaske Spencer, Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Bosworth, Phoenix Wilson, Julian Gopal. Estreno mundial

EE. UU. CONCURSO DOCUMENTAL:
Diez documentales estadounidenses de estreno mundial que iluminan las ideas, las personas y los acontecimientos que dan forma al presente. Las películas que se han estrenado en esta categoría en los últimos años incluyen Boys State, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, APOLLO 11, Knock Down The House, One Child Nation, American Factory, Three Identical Strangers y On Her Shoulders.

Ailey / EE. UU. (Directora: Jamila Wignot, Productora: Lauren DeFilippo) – Alvin Ailey fue un artista visionario que encontró la salvación a través de la danza. Contado con sus propias palabras y mediante la creación de una danza inspirada en su vida, este retrato inmersivo sigue a un hombre que, cuando se enfrenta a un mundo que se niega a abrazarlo, está decidido a construir uno que lo haga. Estreno mundial

All Light, Everywhere / U.S.A. (Director: Theo Anthony, Productores: Riel Roch-Decter, Sebastian Pardo, Jonna McKone): una exploración de las historias compartidas de cámaras, armas, vigilancia y justicia. A medida que las tecnologías de vigilancia se convierten en un elemento fijo en la vida cotidiana, la película cuestiona la complejidad de un punto de vista objetivo, investigando los sesgos inherentes tanto a la percepción humana como a la lente. Estreno mundial

At the Ready / USA (Directora: Maisie Crow, Productores: Hillary Pierce, Maisie Crow, Abbie Perrault) – Hogar de uno de los programas de educación policial más grandes de la región, los estudiantes de Horizon High School en El Paso se entrenan para convertirse en agentes de policía y agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza a medida que descubren que las realidades de los trabajos de sus sueños pueden estar reñidas con las verdades y las personas que más aprecian. Estreno mundial

Cusp / EE. UU. (Directores: Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt, Productores: Zachary Luke Kislevitz, Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt) – En una ciudad militar de Texas, tres adolescentes enfrentan los rincones oscuros de la adolescencia al final de una fiebre de verano de ensueño. Estreno mundial

Homeroom / EE. UU. (Director: Peter Nicks, Productores: Peter Nicks, Sean Havey) – Después de la clase de 2020 en Oakland High School en un año marcado por un cambio sísmico, explorando el mundo emocional de los adolescentes que llegan a la mayoría de edad. el telón de fondo de un mundo que cambia rápidamente. Estreno mundial

Rebel Hearts / EE. UU. (Director: Pedro Kos, Productores: Kira Carstensen, Shawnee Isaac-Smith, Judy Korin) – Un grupo de monjas pioneras se enfrenta con valentía al patriarcado de la Iglesia Católica, luchando por su sustento, convicciones y igualdad contra un cardenal todopoderoso. Desde la marcha en Selma en 1965 hasta la Marcha de las Mujeres en 2018, estas mujeres han remodelado nuestra sociedad con sus atrevidos actos de desafío. Estreno mundial

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decid to Do It / USA (Directora: Mariem Pérez Riera, Productores: Brent Miller, Mariem Pérez Riera, Ilia J. Vélez-Dávila) – Rita Moreno desafió a ambos su humilde educación y racismo implacable para convertirse en uno de un grupo selecto que ha ganado un premio Emmy, Grammy, Oscar y Tony. A lo largo de una carrera de setenta años, ha allanado el camino para los artistas hispanoamericanos al negarse a ser encasillada en estereotipos unidimensionales. Estreno mundial

Summer Of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution could not be Televised) / EE. UU. (Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Productores: David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, Joseph Patel) – Durante el mismo verano que Woodstock, más de 300.000 personas asistieron al Festival Cultural de Harlem, celebrando la música y la cultura afroamericanas y promoviendo el orgullo y la unidad negros. Las imágenes del festival se guardaron en un sótano, sin ser vistas durante más de 50 años, manteniendo este increíble evento en la historia de Estados Unidos perdido, hasta ahora. Estreno mundial. DÍA UNO

¡Intente más! / EE. UU. (Directora: Debbie Lum, Productores: Debbie Lum, Lou Nakasako, Nico Opper) – En un universo donde los niños geniales son nerds, la orquesta es de clase mundial y ser asiático-estadounidense es la norma, los estudiantes del último año de Lowell High School compiten por el premio máximo: admisión a la universidad de sus sueños. Estreno mundial

Usuarios / EE. UU., México (Directora: Natalia Almada, Productores: Elizabeth Lodge Stepp, Josh Penn) – Una madre se pregunta si mis hijos amarán sus máquinas perfectas más de lo que me aman a mí, su madre imperfecta. Enciende una cuna inteligente para adormecer a su bebé que llora. Esta madre perfecta está en todas partes. Ella nos cuida, nos cuida. La escuchamos. Confiamos en ella. Estreno mundial

COMPETICIÓN MUNDIAL DE CINE DRAMÁTICO
Diez películas de talentos cinematográficos emergentes de todo el mundo ofrecen nuevas perspectivas y estilos inventivos. Las películas que se han estrenado en esta categoría en los últimos años incluyen The Souvenir, The Guilty, Monos, Yardie, The Nile Hilton Incident y Second Mother.

The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet / Argentina (Directora: Ana Katz, Guionistas: Ana Katz, Gonzalo Delgado, Productores: Laura Huberman, Ana Katz) – Sebastián, un hombre de unos treinta años, tiene una serie de trabajos temporales y abraza el amor en cada oportunidad. Se transforma, a través de una serie de breves encuentros, mientras el mundo coquetea con un posible apocalipsis. Reparto: Daniel Katz, Julieta Zylberberg, Valeria Lois, Mirella Pascual, Carlos Portaluppi. Estreno mundial

El Planeta / EE. UU., España (Directora y guionista: Amalia Ulman, Productores: Amalia Ulman, Kathleen Heffernan, Kweku Mandela) – En medio de la devastación de la España poscrisis, madre e hija se engañan y se arrepienten para mantener el ritmo estilo de vida que creen que se merecen, uniéndose por una tragedia común y un desalojo inminente. Reparto: Amalia Ulman, Ale Ulman, Nacho Vigalondo, Zhou Chen, Saoirse Bertram. Estreno mundial

Fuego en las montañas / India (Director y guionista: Ajitpal Singh, Productores: Ajay Rai, Alan McAlex) – Una madre se esfuerza por ahorrar dinero para construir una carretera en una aldea del Himalaya para llevar a su hijo en silla de ruedas. fisioterapia, pero su marido, que cree que un costoso ritual religioso es el remedio, le roba los ahorros. Reparto: Vinamrata Rai, Chandan Bisht, Mayank Singh Jaira, Harshita Tewari, Sonal Jha. Estreno mundial

Hive / Kosovo, Suiza, Macedonia, Albania (Director y guionista: Blerta Basholli, productores: Yll Uka, Valon Bajgora, Agon Uka) – El marido de Fahrije ha desaparecido desde la guerra de Kosovo. Ella crea su propia pequeña empresa para mantener a sus hijos, pero mientras lucha contra una sociedad patriarcal que no la apoya, se enfrenta a una decisión crucial: esperar su regreso o seguir perseverando. Reparto: Yllka Gashi, Çun Lajçi, Aurita Agushi, Kumrije Hoxha, Adriana Matoshi, Kaona Sylejmani. Estreno mundial

Human Factors / Alemania, Italia, Dinamarca (Director y guionista: Ronny Trocker, productores: Susanne Mann, Paul Zischler, Martin Rehbock) – Un misterioso allanamiento de morada expone la agonía de una familia de clase media ejemplar. Reparto: Sabine Timoteo, Mark Waschke, Jule Hermann, Wanja Valentin Kube, Hannes Perkmann, Daniel Séjourné. Estreno mundial

Luzzu / Malta (Director y guionista: Alex Camilleri, productores: Rebecca Anastasi, Ramin Bahrani, Alex Camilleri, Oliver Mallia) – Jesmark, un pescador en apuros en la isla de Malta, se ve obligado a dar la espalda a generaciones de tradición y arriesgarlo todo entrando en el mundo de la pesca del mercado negro para mantener a su novia y bebé recién nacido. Reparto: Jesmark Scicluna, Michela Farrugia, David Scicluna. Estreno mundial

One for the Road / China, Hong Kong, Tailandia (Director: Baz Poonpiriya, Guionistas: Baz Poonpiriya, Nottapon Boonprakob, Puangsoi Aksornsawang, Productor: Wong Kar Wai) – Boss es un consumado mujeriego, libre espíritu y dueño de un bar en Nueva York. Un día, recibe una llamada sorpresa de Aood, un amigo de quien se ha distanciado y que ha regresado a Tailandia. Al morir de cáncer, Aood solicita la ayuda de Boss para completar una lista de deseos, pero ambos esconden algo. Reparto: Tor Thanapob, Ice Natara, Violette Wautier, Aokbab Chutimon, Ploi Horwang, Noon Siraphun. Estreno mundial. DÍA UNO

The Pink Cloud / Brasil (Director y Guionista: Iuli Gerbase, Productor: Patricia Barbieri) – Una misteriosa y mortal nube rosa aparece en todo el mundo, obligando a todos a quedarse en casa. Extraños al principio, Giovana y Yago intentan inventarse como pareja a medida que pasan años de bloqueo compartido. Mientras Yago vive en su propia utopía, Giovana se siente atrapado en su interior. Reparto: Renata de Lélis, Eduardo Mendonça. Estreno mundial

Pleasure / Suecia, Países Bajos, Francia (Director y guionista: Ninja Thyberg, productores: Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå, Erik Hemmendorff) – Una niña de 20 años se muda de su pequeña ciudad en Suecia a Los Ángeles por un disparó a una carrera en la industria del cine para adultos. Reparto: Sofia Kappel, Revika Anne Reustle, Evelyn Claire, Chris Cock, Dana DeArmond, Kendra Spade. Estreno mundial

Prime Time / Polonia (Director: Jakub Piątek, Guionistas: Jakub Piątek, Łukasz Czapski, Productor: Jakub Razowski) – El último día de 1999, Sebastian, de 20 años, se encierra en un estudio de televisión. Tiene dos rehenes, una pistola y un mensaje importante para el mundo. La historia del ataque explora las medidas extremas y el último recurso de un rebelde. Reparto: Bartosz Bielenia, Magdalena Popławska, Andrzej Kłak, Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Dobromir Dymecki, Monika Frajczyk. Estreno mundial

CONCURSO MUNDIAL DE DOCUMENTALES DE CINE
Diez documentales de algunos de los cineastas más audaces que trabajan en todo el mundo en la actualidad. Las películas que se han estrenado en esta categoría en los últimos años incluyen Honeyland, Sea of ​​Shadows, Shirkers, This is Home, Last Men in Aleppo y Hooligan Sparrow.

Faya Dayi / Etiopía, EE. UU. (Directora, guionista y productora: Jessica Beshir) – Un viaje espiritual a las tierras altas de Harar, inmerso en los rituales del khat, una hoja que los musulmanes sufíes masticaron durante siglos para meditaciones religiosas, y el cultivo comercial más lucrativo de Etiopía en la actualidad. Un tapiz de historias íntimas ofrece una ventana a los sueños de la juventud bajo un régimen represivo. Estreno mundial

Flee / Dinamarca, Francia, Suecia, Noruega (Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Productores: Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen) – Amin llegó como menor no acompañado a Dinamarca desde Afganistán. Hoy en día, es un académico exitoso y se casa con su novio de toda la vida. Un secreto que ha estado ocultando durante 20 años amenaza con arruinar la vida que ha construido. Estreno mundial. DÍA UNO

Inconvenient Indian / Canada (Directora y guionista: Michelle Latimer, Productores: Stuart Henderson, Justine Pimlott, Jesse Wente) – Un examen del brillante desmantelamiento de Thomas King de la narrativa colonial de América del Norte, que reformula la historia con las poderosas voces de los que continúan la tradición de la resistencia indígena. Estreno internacional

Misha and the Wolves / Reino Unido, Bélgica (Director y guionista: Sam Hobkinson, productores: Poppy Dixon, Al Morrow, Matthew Wells, Gregory Zalcman, Jürgen Buedts) – Las memorias del Holocausto de una mujer arrasan en el mundo. pero una disputa con su editor convertido en detective revela su historia como un engaño audaz creado para ocultar una verdad más oscura. Estreno mundial

El niño más hermoso del mundo / Suecia (Directores: Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri, Productor: Stina Gardell) – La vida del actor y músico sueco Björn Andresen cambió para siempre a la edad de 15 años, cuando interpretó a Tadzio, el objeto de la obsesión de Dirk Bogarde en Muerte en Venecia, un papel que llevó al maestro italiano Luchino Visconti a llamarlo "el niño más hermoso del mundo". Estreno mundial

Playing With Sharks / Australia (Directora y guionista: Sally Aitken, Productora: Bettina Dalton) – Valerie Taylor es una fanática de los tiburones y un ícono australiano, una inconformista marina que se abrió camino como buceadora, directora de fotografía y conservacionista intrépida . Ella filmó a los tiburones reales para Jaws y lució un traje de cota de malla, usándose a sí misma como cebo para tiburones, cambiando para siempre nuestra comprensión científica de los tiburones. Estreno mundial

Presidente / Dinamarca, EE. UU., Noruega (Directora: Camilla Nielsson, Productores: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Joslyn Barnes) – Zimbabwe se encuentra en una encrucijada. El líder del partido opositor MDC, Nelson Chamisa, desafía a la vieja guardia ZANU-PF liderada por Emmerson Mnangagwa, conocido como "El Cocodrilo". La elección pone a prueba tanto al partido gobernante como a la oposición: ¿cómo interpretan los principios de la democracia en el discurso y en la práctica? Estreno mundial

Sabaya / Suecia (Director y guionista: Hogir Hirori, productores: Antonio Russo Merenda, Hogir Hirori) – Con solo un teléfono móvil y una pistola, Mahmud, Ziyad y su grupo arriesgan sus vidas tratando de salvar a las mujeres yazidi y niñas retenidas por ISIS como Sabaya (esclavas sexuales secuestradas) en el campo más peligroso de Oriente Medio, Al-Hol en Siria. Estreno mundial

Domando el jardín / Suiza, Alemania, Georgia (Directora Salomé Jashi, Productores: Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi) – Una oda poética a la rivalidad entre hombres y naturaleza. Estreno mundial

Writing With Fire / India (Directores y productores: Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh) – En un panorama de noticias desordenado dominado por hombres, surge el único periódico de la India dirigido por mujeres dalit. Armados con teléfonos inteligentes, la reportera principal Meera y sus periodistas rompen las tradiciones en el frente de los problemas más importantes de la India y dentro de los límites de sus propios hogares, redefiniendo lo que significa ser poderoso. Estreno mundial

SIGUIENTE
Obras puras y audaces que se distinguen por un enfoque innovador y progresista de la narración pueblan este programa. Las películas que se han estrenado en esta categoría en los últimos años incluyen The Infiltrators, Searching, Skate Kitchen, A Ghost Story y Tangerine. NEXT presentado por Adobe.

The Blazing World / USA (Director: Carlson Young, Guionistas: Carlson Young, Pierce Brown, Productores: Brinton Bryan, Elizabeth Avellán) – Décadas después del ahogamiento accidental de su hermana gemela, una autodestructiva La joven regresa a la casa de su familia, y se siente atraída hacia una dimensión alternativa donde su hermana aún puede estar viva. Reparto: Udo Kier, Carlson Young, Dermot Mulroney, Vinessa Shaw, John Karna, Soko. Estreno mundial

Cryptozoo / EE. UU. (Director y guionista: Dash Shaw, productores: Kyle Martin, Jane Samborski, Bill Way, Tyler Davidson) – Mientras los criptozookeepers luchan por capturar un Bakú (una criatura híbrida legendaria que come sueños) comienzan a me pregunto si deberían exhibir estas raras bestias en los confines de un criptozoo, o si estas criaturas míticas deberían permanecer ocultas y desconocidas. Reparto: Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Angeliki Papoulia, Zoe Kazan, Peter Stormare, Grace Zabriskie. Estreno mundial

Primera cita / EE. UU. (Directores y guionistas: Manuel Crosby, Darren Knapp, productores: Brandon Kraus, Manuel Crosby, Darren Knapp, Lucky McKee, Charles Horak) – Engañado para comprar un Chrysler del 65 sospechoso, la primera cita de Mike con la chica de al lado, Kelsey, implosiona cuando se ve atacado por delincuentes, policías y una loca gata. Una noche alimentada por el deseo, las balas y la goma quemada hace que cualquier otra primera cita parezca un paseo por el parque. Reparto: Tyson Brown, Shelby Duclos, Jesse Janzen, Nicole Berry, Ryan Quinn Adams, Brandon Kraus. Estreno mundial

SIGUIENTE
Obras puras y audaces que se distinguen por un enfoque innovador y progresista de la narración pueblan este programa. Las películas que se han estrenado en esta categoría en los últimos años incluyen The Infiltrators, Searching, Skate Kitchen, A Ghost Story y Tangerine. NEXT presentado por Adobe.

The Blazing World / USA (Director: Carlson Young, Guionistas: Carlson Young, Pierce Brown, Productores: Brinton Bryan, Elizabeth Avellán) – Décadas después del ahogamiento accidental de su hermana gemela, una autodestructiva La joven regresa a la casa de su familia, y se siente atraída hacia una dimensión alternativa donde su hermana aún puede estar viva. Reparto: Udo Kier, Carlson Young, Dermot Mulroney, Vinessa Shaw, John Karna, Soko. Estreno mundial

Cryptozoo / EE. UU. (Director y guionista: Dash Shaw, productores: Kyle Martin, Jane Samborski, Bill Way, Tyler Davidson) – Mientras los criptozookeepers luchan por capturar un Bakú (una criatura híbrida legendaria que come sueños) comienzan a me pregunto si deberían exhibir estas raras bestias en los confines de un criptozoo, o si estas criaturas míticas deberían permanecer ocultas y desconocidas. Reparto: Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Angeliki Papoulia, Zoe Kazan, Peter Stormare, Grace Zabriskie. Estreno mundial

Primera cita / EE. UU. (Directores y guionistas: Manuel Crosby, Darren Knapp, productores: Brandon Kraus, Manuel Crosby, Darren Knapp, Lucky McKee, Charles Horak) – Engañado para comprar un Chrysler del 65 sospechoso, la primera cita de Mike con la chica de al lado, Kelsey, implosiona cuando se ve atacado por delincuentes, policías y una loca gata. Una noche alimentada por el deseo, las balas y la goma quemada hace que cualquier otra primera cita parezca un paseo por el parque. Reparto: Tyson Brown, Shelby Duclos, Jesse Janzen, Nicole Berry, Ryan Quinn Adams, Brandon Kraus. Estreno mundial

Ma Belle, My Beauty / EE. UU., Francia (Directora y guionista: Marion Hill, Productores: Ben Matheny, Kelsey Scult, Marion Hill) – Un reencuentro sorpresa en el sur de Francia reaviva las pasiones y los celos entre dos mujeres que antes amantes poliamorosos. Reparto: Idella Johnson, Hannah Pepper, Lucien Guignard, Sivan Noam Shimon. Estreno mundial

R # J / USA (Director: Carey Williams, Guionistas: Carey Williams, Rickie Castaneda, Alex Sobolev, Productores: Timur Bekmambetov, Igor Tsay, John J. Kelly, Alex Sobolev, Anna Soboleva) – A re imaginando a Romeo y Julieta, a través de sus teléfonos celulares, en una mezcla del diálogo de Shakespeare con la comunicación actual de las redes sociales. Reparto: Camaron Engels, Francesca Noel, David Zayas, Diego Tinoco, Siddiq Saunderson, Russell Hornsby. Estreno mundial

Buscadores / EE. UU. (Director: Pacho Velez, Productores: Pacho Velez, Joe Poletto, Cathy Tankosic, Sam Roseme) – En encuentros alternativamente divertidos y conmovedores, un grupo diverso de neoyorquinos navega por sus aplicaciones de citas preferidas en busca de Su persona especial. Estreno mundial

Son of Monarchs / México, EE. UU. (Director y guionista: Alexis Gambis, Productores: Abraham Dayan, Maria Altamirano) – Después de la muerte de su abuela, un biólogo mexicano que vive en Nueva York regresa a su ciudad natal. enclavado en los majestuosos bosques de mariposas monarca de Michoacán. El viaje le obliga a afrontar traumas pasados ​​y reflexionar sobre su identidad híbrida, provocando una metamorfosis personal y espiritual. Reparto: Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Alexia Rasmussen, Lázaro Gabino Rodríguez, Noé Hernández, Paulina Gaitán, William Mapother. Premio Alfred P. Sloan al largometraje

Strawberry Mansion / EE. UU. (Directores y guionistas: Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley, productores: Taylor Shung, Sarah Winshall, Emma Hannaway, Matisse Rifai) – En un mundo donde el gobierno registra y grava los sueños , un auditor de sueños sin pretensiones se ve envuelto en un viaje cósmico a través de la vida y los sueños de una excéntrica envejecida llamada Bella. Juntos, deben encontrar el camino de regreso a casa. Reparto: Penny Fuller, Kentucker Audley, Grace Glowicki, Reed Birney, Linas Phillips, Constance Shulman. Estreno mundial

Todos vamos a la feria mundial / EE. UU. (Directora y guionista: Jane Schoenbrun, productores: Sarah Winshall, Carlos Zozaya): una adolescente se ve inmersa en un juego de rol en línea. Reparto: Anna Cobb, Michael J. Rogers. Estreno mundial

ESTRENOS
Una muestra de los estrenos mundiales de algunas de las películas de ficción y no ficción más esperadas del próximo año. Las películas que se han estrenado en la categoría de Estrenos de documentales incluyen The Dissident, On the Record y Miss Americana, y en los estrenos anteriores títulos incluyen Kajillionaire, Promising Young Woman, The Report, Late Night, The Big Sick y Call Me By Your Name.

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir / USA (Director: James Redford, Productores: Karen Pritzker , Cassandra Jabola) – Amy Tan se ha establecido como una de las voces literarias más respetadas de Estados Unidos. Nacida de padres inmigrantes chinos, pasarían décadas antes de que el autor de The Joy Luck Club entendiera completamente el trauma heredado enraizado en los legados de mujeres que sobrevivieron a la tradición china de concubinato. Estreno mundial, documental

Bring Your Own Brigade / EE. UU. (Director y guionista: Lucy Walker, Productores: Lucy Walker, Julian Cautherley, Holly Becker, Lyn Lear) – Una verité impulsada por los personajes y una investigación reveladora nos lleva a un viaje integrado con bomberos y residentes en una misión para comprender las causas de los incendios forestales históricamente grandes y cómo sobrevivir a ellos, descubriendo que la solución ha estado aquí todo el tiempo. World Premiere, Documentary

Eight for Silver / U.S.A., France (Director and Screenwriter: Sean Ellis, Producers: Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Sean Ellis) — In the late 1800s, a man arrives in a remote country village to investigate an attack by a wild animal but discovers a much deeper, sinister force that has both the manor and the townspeople in its grip. Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Kelly Reilly, Alistair Petrie, Roxane Duran, Aine Rose Daly. World Premiere, Narrative

How it Ends / U.S.A. (Directors, Screenwriters and Producers: Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones) — On the last day on Earth, one woman goes on a journey through LA to make it to her last party before the world ends, running into an eclectic cast of characters along the way. Cast: Zoe Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Olivia Wilde, Fred Armisen, Helen Hunt, Lamorne Morris. World Premiere, Narrative

In The Earth / United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Ben Wheatley, Producer: Andy Starke) — As a disastrous virus grips the planet, a scientist and a park scout venture deep into the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness as the forest comes to life around them. Cast: Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia, Hayley Squires, Reece Shearsmith. World Premiere, Narrative

In The Same Breath / U.S.A. (Director: Nanfu Wang, Producers: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn) — How did the Chinese government turn pandemic coverups in Wuhan into a triumph for the Communist party? An essential narrative of firsthand accounts of the coronavirus, and a revelatory examination of how propaganda and patriotism shaped the outbreak’s course – both in China and in the U.S. World Premiere, Documentary. DAY ONE

Land / U.S.A. (Director: Robin Wright, Screenwriters: Jesse Chatham, Erin Dignam, Producers: Allyn Stewart, Lora Kennedy, Leah Holzer, Peter Saraf) – The poignant story of one woman’s search, in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Cast: Robin Wright, Demián Bichir, Kim Dickens. World Premiere, Narrative

Marvelous and The Black Hole / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Kate Tsang, Producer: Carolyn Mao) — A teenage delinquent befriends a surly magician who helps her navigate her inner demons and dysfunctional family with sleight of hand magic, in a coming-of-age comedy that touches on unlikely friendships, grief, and finding hope in the darkest moments. Cast: Miya Cech, Rhea Perlman, Leonardo Nam, Kannon Omachi, Paulina Lule, Keith Powell. World Premiere, Narrative

Mass / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Fran Kranz, Producers: Fran Kranz, Casey Wilder Mott, JP Ouellette, Dylan Matlock) — Years after a tragic shooting, the parents of both the victim and the perpetrator meet face-to-face. Cast: Jason Isaacs, Ann Dowd, Martha Plimpton, Reed Birney. World Premiere, Narrative

My Name is Pauli Murray / U.S.A. (Directors: Betsy West, Julie Cohen, Producer: Talleah Bridges McMahon) — Overlooked by history, Pauli Murray was a legal trailblazer whose ideas influenced RBG’s fight for gender equality and Thurgood Marshall’s landmark civil rights arguments. Featuring never-before-seen footage and audio recordings, a portrait of Murray’s impact as a non-binary Black luminary: lawyer, activist, poet, and priest who transformed our world. World Premiere, Documentary

Philly D.A. / U.S.A. (Created By: Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, Nicole Salazar, Producers: Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, Nicole Salazar, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald) — A groundbreaking inside look at the long shot election and tumultuous first term of Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s unapologetic District Attorney, and his experiment to upend the criminal justice system from the inside out. World Premiere, Episodic Documentary

Prisoners of the Ghostland / U.S.A. (Director: Sion Sono, Screenwriters: Aaron Hendry, Reza Sixo Safai, Producers: Michael Mendelsohn, Laura Rister, Ko Mori, Reza Sixo Safai, Nate Bolotin) — A notorious criminal is sent to rescue an abducted woman who has disappeared into a dark supernatural universe. They must break the evil curse that binds them and escape the mysterious revenants that rule the Ghostland, an East-meets-West vortex of beauty and violence. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Nick Cassavetes, Bill Moseley, Tak Sakaguchi, Yuzuka Nakaya. World Premiere, Narrative

The Sparks Brothers / United Kingdom (Director: Edgar Wright, Producers: Nira Park, Edgar Wright, George Hencken, Laura Richardson) — How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? Take a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers Ron & Russell Mael, celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band’s favorite band. World Premiere, Documentary

Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street / U.S.A. (Director: Marilyn Agrelo, Producers: Trevor Crafts, Ellen Scherer Crafts, Lisa Diamond) — How did a group of rebels create the world’s most famous street? In 1969 New York, this “gang” of mission-driven artists, writers and educators catalyzed a moment of civil awakening, transforming it into Sesame Street, one of the most influential and impactful television programs in history. World Premiere, Documentary

MIDNIGHT
From horror and comedy to works that defy genre classification, these films will keep you wide awake, even at the most arduous hour. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include Relic, Greener Grass, Hereditary, Assassination Nation, and The Babadook.

Censor / United Kingdom (Director: Prano Bailey-Bond, Screenwriters: Prano Bailey-Bond, Anthony Fletcher, Producer: Helen Jones) — When film censor Enid discovers an eerie horror that speaks directly to her sister’s mysterious disappearance, she resolves to unravel the puzzle behind the film and its enigmatic director – a quest blurring the lines between fiction and reality in terrifying ways. Cast: Niamh Algar, Nicholas Burns, Vincent Franklin, Sophia La Porta, Adrian Schiller, Michael Smiley. World Premiere. DAY ONE

Coming Home in the Dark / New Zealand (Director: James Ashcroft, Screenwriters: Eli Kent, James Ashcroft, Producers: Mike Minogue, Catherine Fitzgerald, Desray Armstrong) — A family’s outing descends into terror when teacher Alan Hoaganraad, his wife Jill and stepsons Maika and Jordon explore an isolated coastline. An unexpected meeting with a pair of drifters, the enigmatic psychopath Mandrake and his accomplice Tubs, thrusts the family into a nightmare when they find themselves captured. Cast: Daniel Gillies, Erik Thomson, Miriama McDowell, Matthias Luafutu. World Premiere

A Glitch in the Matrix / U.S.A. (Director: Rodney Ascher, Producer: Ross M. Dinerstein) — A multi-media exploration of simulation theory – an idea as old as Plato’s Republic and as current as Elon Musk’s Twitter feed – through the eyes of those who suspect our world isn’t real. Part sci-fi mind-scrambler, part horror story, this is a digital journey to the limits of radical doubt. World Premiere

Knocking / Sweden (Director: Frida Kempff, Screenwriter: Emma Broström, Producer: Erik Andersson) — When Molly moves into her new apartment after a tragic accident, a strange noise from upstairs begins to unnerve her. As its intensity grows, she confronts her neighbors – but no one seems to hear what she is hearing. Cast: Cecilia Milocco. World Premiere

Mother Schmuckers / Belgium (Directors and Screenwriters: Lenny Guit, Harpo Guit, Producers: David Borgeaud, Erika Meda) — Issachar & Zabulon, two brothers in their twenties, are supremely stupid and never bored, as madness is part of their daily lives. When they lose their mother’s beloved dog, they have 24 hours to find it – or she will kick them out. Cast: Harpo Guit, Maxi Delmelle, Claire Bodson, Mathieu Amalric, Habib Ben Tanfous. World Premiere

Violation / Canada (Directors, Screenwriters and Producers: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli) — A troubled woman on the edge of divorce returns home to her younger sister after years apart. But when her sister and brother-in-law betray her trust, she embarks on a vicious crusade of revenge. Cast: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Anna Maguire, Jesse LaVercombe, Obi Abili, Jasmin Geljo, Cynthia Ashperger. International Premiere

SPOTLIGHT
The Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love from throughout the past year. Films that have played in this category in recent years include The Biggest Little Farm, The Death of Stalin, The Rider, Ida and The Lobster.

Night of the Kings / France, Ivory Coast, Canada, Senegal (Director and Screenwriter: Philippe Lacôte, Producers: Delphine Jaquet, Yanick Létourneau, Ernest Konan, Yoro Mbaye) — A young man is sent to La Maca, a prison on the Ivory Coast in the middle of the forest ruled by its prisoners. With the red moon rising, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Cast: Koné Bakary, Steve Tientcheu, Digbeu Jean Cyrille, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Issaka Sawadogo, Denis Lavant.

The World to Come / U.S.A. (Director: Mona Fastvold, Screenwriters: Ron Hansen, Jim Shepard, Producers: Casey Affleck, Whitaker Lader, Pamela Koffler, David Hinojosa, Margarethe Baillou) — Somewhere along the mid-nineteenth century American East Coast frontier, two neighboring couples battle hardship and isolation, witnessed by a splendid yet testing landscape, challenging them both physically and psychologically. Cast: Katherine Waterston, Vanessa Kirby, Casey Affleck, Christopher Abbott. North American Premiere

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Life in a Day 2020 / United Kingdom, U.S.A. (Director: Kevin Macdonald, Producers: Jack Arbuthnott, Tim Partridge) — An extraordinary, intimate, global portrait of life on our planet, filmed by thousands of people across the world, on a single day: 25th July 2020. World Premiere

NEW FRONTIER

Since its launch, the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier has served as a showcase for dynamic, innovative work at the crossroads of film, art, and technology. At the Festival’s 2021 edition, a global audience will be able to engage with the works, the artists, and fellow Festivalgoers via a bespoke spatialized platform, developed in partnership with digital experience agency Active Theory and accessible via computer and VR headsets. The New Frontier Gallery hosts the complete slate of live performances, AR, VR, and other emerging media works. Cinema House is the Festival’s social, fully immersive cinema, and Film Party is an interactive bar with 6 screens and more intimate rooms available to the entire community of accredited Festivalgoers so that all can safely gather together, connecting via avatar with proximity audio and video chat.

“2020 saw that the entire world can shift and leave humanity in an entirely new state of being. As we stand on the precipice of a new era, we need our artists and visionaries to illuminate the way forward,” said Shari Frilot, Senior Programmer and New Frontier Chief Curator. “The lineup of new media works this year challenge what we once knew to be true. Their works glisten with world building wisdom, and offer time machines that extract the cancer of colonial narratives planted deep within our biology.”

Frilot added, “More than ever, we need to gather our community in a meaningful way. This is why New Frontier has built three spatialized digital venues that orbit the earth right alongside the International Space Station. And at any time, Festivalgoers can take leave of the mothership to visit the astronauts aboard the Station, in the immersive experience Space Explorers: The ISS Experience, co-directed by Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël, or spend a night on earth, bar hopping in Amsterdam through IDFA DocLab’s do {not} play.

The Sundance Institute New Frontier Program is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Unity Technologies, Adobe, Dell Technologies, The Walt Disney Studios’ StudioLAB, and Oculus from Facebook.

4 Feet High VR / Argentina, France (Lead Artists: María Belén Poncio, Rosario Perazolo Masjoan, Damian Turkieh, Ezequiel Lenardón, Key Collaborators: Marie Blondiaux, Marcos Rostagno, Eugenia Foguel, Matias Benedetti, Manuel Yeri, Martin Lopez Funes, Guillermo Mena) — Juana, a 17-year-old wheelchair user, aims to explore her sexuality but is ashamed of her body. Trying to find her place in a new high school, she will go through failure, friendship, fear and politics until she builds her own pride. Cast: Marisol Agostina Irigoyen, Florencia Licera, Marcio Ramses, Natalia Di Cienzo, Francisca Spinotti.

7 Sounds / U.S.A. (Lead Artist: Sam Green, Key Collaborator: JD Samson) — An immersive live-streamed audio-video work exploring the universal influence of sound, weaving seven specific audio recordings into a meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception.

Beyond the Breakdown / U.S.A. (Lead Artists: Tony Patrick, Lauren Lee McCarthy, Grace Lee, Key Collaborators: Jesse Cahn Thompson, Aldo Velasco) — Imagining alternate narratives for our near-future reality, inside a browser designed to hack our normal online behaviors and cultivate collaborative spaces for self-reflection and renewal.

The Changing Same: Episode 1 / U.S.A. (Lead Artists: Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster, Yasmin Elayat, Key Collaborators: James George, Alexander Porter, Rad Mora, Elliott Mitchell) — An immersive, episodic virtual reality e xperience where the participant travels through time and space to witness the connected historical experiences of racial injustice in America. A respectful, haunting story infused with magical realism and Afrofuturism about the uninterrupted cycle of the 400-year history of racial terror — past and present.

Fortune! / France, Canada (Lead Artists: Brett Gaylor, Nicolas Bourniquel, Arnaud Colinart, Key Collaborators: Marianne Lévy-Leblond, Rob McLaughlin, Dash Spielgeman, Rolito, Clement Chériot) — Money, from bills to coins, has no intrinsic value beyond what we’ve collectively agreed to grant it. However, there’s no denying that money governs our lives. This series of animated documentary shorts in AR for smartphones, tablets and social media platforms, explores that relationship. Cast: Frank Bourassa.

Namoo / U.S.A. (Lead Artist: Erick Oh, Key Collaborators: Maureen Fan, Larry Cutler, Eric Darnell, Kane Lee, David Kahn) — A narrative poem brought to life as an animated VR film, and an ode to a grandfather’s passing, this story follows the journey of a budding artist – and his tree of life – from beginning to end.

Nightsss / Poland (Lead Artists: Weronika Lewandowska, Sandra Frydrysiak, Key Collaborators: Marcin Macuk, Piotr Apostel, Kaya Kołodziejczyk, Marek Straszak, Arek Zub, Przemek Danowski) — A virtual erotic poem created in artistic animation with ASMR and interactive elements, immersing the viewer in the sensual experience of poetry and dance.

Prison X – Chapter 1 : The Devil and The Sun / Australia, Bolivia, India (Lead Artists: Violeta Ayala, Alap Parikh, Maria Corvera Vargas, Roly Elias, Key Collaborators: Daniel Fallshaw, Rilda Paco Alvarado, Alberto Santiago) — Heavy doors open and you are swept into an infamous Bolivian j ail, where you live among devils, saints, wicked characters, corrupt prison guards and even a Western filmmaker. In Prison X, inhabit the dreams and nightmares of the Neo-Andean underworld. Cast: Violeta Ayala, Genesis Owusu, Celina Debassey, Anamaria Gómez Jaramillo, Jesse Odom, Nicole Ukelele.

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran / United Kingdom, Iran (Lead Artists: Javaad Alipoor, Kirsty Housley, Key Collaborator: Nick Sweeting) — A darkly comedic, urgent new play about entitlement, consumption and digital technology, exploring the ubiquitous feeling that our societies are falling apart through the story of two young members of the Iranian elite, asking what their deaths tell us about climate change, social collapse and Instagram. Cast: Javaad Alipoor, Peyvand Sadeghian.

Secret Garden / U.S.A. (Lead Artist: Stephanie Dinkins, Key Collaborators: Ethan Edwards, John Fitzgerald, Matthew Niederhauser, Danielle McPhatter, Sidney San Martín, Kate Stevenson, Adaora Udoji, Chris White) — An immersive web experience and installation, illuminating the power and resilience in Black women’s stories. Interactive audio vignettes generate a multi-generational narrative that collapses past, present, and future. Cast: Dayne Board, Erlene Curry, Tianna Mendez, Melissa Moore, Brandi Porter, Lisa Sainville.

Tinker / U.S.A. (Lead Artist: Lou Ward, Key Collaborators: Shimon Alkon, Lara Bucarey, Avril Martinez, Aileen Paron, Anthony Alan Garcia, Roberto Tan, Cristopher David, Neil Realubit, Anton Arcega, David Conklin, Evan Chavez) — What happens when the memories we spend a lifetime creating begin to disappear? Step inside the Grandfather’s workshop to discover this answer for yourself. In this live, bespoke unscripted performance, reimagine what it means to play, to connect and to hold fast to the memories we create. Cast: Randy Dixon.

To Miss The Ending / United Kingdom (Lead Artists: Anna West, David Callanan, Key Collaborators: Jamie Finlay, Steph Clarke, Dan Tucker) — A VR cubicle of cardboard boxes begins to glitch, revealing an empty dark space in front of you – until something glimmers in the distance, a wave of blue flooding towards you. A chorus of real memories and imagined futures expands, until only the largest memories are left. Cast: Charlotte Berry, Michael Dodds, Houmi Miura, Ben Kulvichit, Anna West.

Traveling the Interstitium with Octavia Butler / U.S.A. (Lead Artists: Sophia Nahli Allison, idris brewster, Stephanie Dinkins, Ari Melenciano, Terence Nance, Key Collaborators: Yance Ford, Sharon Chang, Kamal Sinclair) — Inspired by the ideas of Octavia Butler, voyaging into the interstitium: a liminal space, a cultural memory, containing the remnants of our ancestors, a place of refuge, a place of recentering, a portal into an alternate dimension.

Weirdo Night / U.S.A. (Lead Artists: Jibz Cameron, Mariah Garnett) — A filmed edition, hosted by Dynasty Handbag, of the wildly popular, underground, eponymous live performance and comedy event that, until COVID-19, was held monthly in Los Angeles. Cast: Patti Harrison, Smiling Beth, Morgan Bassichis, Sarah Squirm, Hedia Maron, Blasia Discoteca.

SHORTS

50 short films will play in the Festival, from 27 countries and chosen from 9,933 submissions – 4,587 from the U.S. and 5,368 international. The Institute’s support for short films extends internationally and year-round, with select Festival shorts presented as a traveling program, virtually in 2020, at theaters in the U.S., Canada and Europe each year, and short films and filmmakers taking part in regional online Master Classes geared towards supporting emerging shorts-makers in several cities. Among the shorts the Festival has shown in recent years are So What If The Goats Die, Fauve, Aziza, Ghosts of Sugar Land, Thunder Road, Whiplash, Sister and Brotherhood.

“In a year unlike any other, short films are still going strong with art and craft unique to the form. We are thrilled to share a lineup with a wild range of characters, styles, ideas and emotions to our audience, wherever you may be,” said Mike Plante, Senior Programmer, Short Film.

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film program is presented by Southwest Airlines.

U.S. Fiction

Ava From My Class / U.S.A., South Korea (Director: Youmin Kang, Screenwriters: Youmin Kang, Soomin Kang) — Anna thinks Ava is the best actress in her class. International Premiere

Bambirak / U.S.A., Germany (Director and Screenwriter: Zamarin Wahdat) — When Kati stows away in her father’s truck, Faruk must juggle his responsibilities as a single dad while holding down his first job in a new country. As their relationship deepens, a brush with covert racism tests their bond. North American Premiere

BJ’s Mobile Gift Shop / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Jason Park) — A young Korean-American hustler runs throughout the city of Chicago making sales out of his “mobile gift shop.” World Premiere

Bruiser / U.S.A. (Director: Miles Warren, Screenwriters: Miles Warren, Ben Medina) — After his father gets into a fight at a bowling alley, Darious begins to investigate the limitations of his own manhood. World Premiere

Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma / U.S.A., Germany, France, Italy (Directors and Screenwriters: Topaz Jones, rubberband.) — In 1970, Black educators in Chicago developed an alphabet flashcard set to provide Black-centered teaching materials to the vastly white educational landscape and the Black ABCs were born. Fifty years later, twenty-six scenes provide an update to their meanings. World Premiere

Doublespeak / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Hazel McKibbin) — A young woman grapples with the aftermath of reporting sexual harassment in the workplace.

i ran from it and was still in it / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Darol Olu Kae) — A poetic meditation on familial loss and separation, and the love that endures against dispersion.

In the Air Tonight / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Andrew Norman Wilson) — An insider’s take on the meaning behind Phil Collins’ 1980 single “In the Air Tonight.”

LATA / U.S.A., India (Director: Alisha Mehta, Screenwriters: Alisha Mehta, Mireya Martinez) — Lata, a 23 year old domestic worker, navigates her way through an upper class home in South Mumbai. Doors consistently open and close, giving Lata selective access to the various contending realities that occupy this space.

Raspberry / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Julian Doan) — A son struggles to say goodbye to his dead father. World Premiere

The Touch of the Master’s Hand / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Gregory Barnes) — Troubled by an unnatural temptation, a young Mormon missionary must confess the humiliating depths of his pornography addiction. World Premiere

White Wedding / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Melody C Roscher) — Amidst a racially tense Southern wedding, a biracial bride has the chance to confront her estranged Black father after accidentally hiring his wedding band to perform. World Premiere

Wiggle Room / U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: Sam Guest, Julia Baylis) — Determined to save her wheelchair ramp from repossession, Daisy confronts the shady insurance agent who owes her money. World Premiere

Yoruga / U.S.A., Colombia (Director and Screenwriter: Federico Torrado Tobón) — A lonely old man pays a visit to Yoruga, one of the last animals on Earth. World Premiere

You Wouldn’t Understand / U.S.A. (Director: Trish Harnetiaux, Screenwriters: Trish Harnetiaux, Jacob A. Ware) — An idyllic picnic of one is upended after the arrival of a stranger.

International Fiction

The Affected / Norway (Director: Rikke Gregersen, Screenwriters: Rikke Gregersen, Trond Arntzen) — Minutes before takeoff, a situation occurs, preventing an airplane from departing: in an attempt to prevent the deportation of one passenger, another refuses to sit down – forcing the pilot to take a political stand.

Black Bodies / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Kelly Fyffe-Marshall) — A Black man laments as he comes face-to-face with the realities of being Black in the 21st century. International Premiere

The Criminals / France, Romania, Turkey (Director and Screenwriter: Serhat Karaaslan) — In a town in Turkey, a young couple is looking for some privacy. They are rejected from the hotels because they do not have a marriage certificate. When they think they found a way, the situation gets out of hand. World Premiere

Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss / Philippines (Director: Sonny Calvento, Screenwriter: Arden Rod Condez) — Vangie, a miserable contractual sales lady, is about to lose her job. But in her desperate attempt to convince her boss not to sack her, Vangie uncovers the ultimate jaw-dropping secret to regularization.

Five Tiger / South Africa (Director and Screenwriter: Nomawonga Khumalo) — A god-fearing woman in present-day South Africa finds herself in a transactional relationship as she tries to support her sick husband and daughter. North American Premiere

Flex / Sweden (Directors and Screenwriters: Josefin Malmen, David Strindberg) — He may be god enough, but is he good enough? A slightly surreal comedic exploration of the fine line between a bodybuilder’s self-loathing and self-loving.

Like the Ones I Used to Know / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Annie St-Pierre) — December 24, 1983, 10:50 p.m.: Julie and her cousins ate too much sugar, Santa Claus is late. Denis, alone in his car, is anxious at the idea of setting foot in his ex-in-law’s house to pick up his children. World Premiere

Lizard / United Kingdom (Director: Akinola Davies, Jr., Screenwriter: The Davies Brothers) — Juwon, an 8-year-old girl with an ability to sense danger, gets ejected from Sunday school service. She unwittingly witnesses the underbelly in and around a megachurch in Lagos. International Premiere

The Longest Dream I Remember / Mexico (Director: Carlos Lenin, Screenwriters: Carlos Lenin, Isa Mora Vera) — As Tania leaves her hometown, she must confront what her absence will mean in the search for her disappeared father. World Premiere

Mountain Cat / Mongolia, United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir) — A troubled girl is coerced into seeing a shaman. Trapped by the ancient beliefs that pacify her mother, she finds peace in the physical realm, unleashing her repressed, youthful spirit on the shaman when she realizes his true identity. U.S. Premiere

Unliveable / Brazil (Directors and Screenwriters: Matheus Farias, Enock Carvalho) — In Brazil, where a trans person is murdered every three days, Marilene searches for her daughter Roberta, a trans woman who is missing. While running out of time, she discovers one hope for the future. North American Premiere

The Unseen River / Vietnam, Laos (Director and Screenwriter: Phạm Ngọc Lân) — Stories told along the river: a woman reunites with her ex-lover at a hydroelectric plant; meanwhile, a young man travels downstream to a temple in search of a cure for his insomnia.

We’re Not Animals / France (Director and Screenwriter: Noé Debré) — His ex Marie became an Instagram star (thanks to an activist group focused on the female orgasm). Depressed, Igor believes this is a deliberate campaign to prevent him from finding someone else. World Premiere

Non-Fiction

A Concerto is a Conversation / U.S.A. (Directors: Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers) — A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Dear Philadelphia / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Renee Osubu) — With the help of their family, friends, and faith, three fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community in North Philadelphia. International Premiere

The Field Trip / U.S.A. (Directors: Meghan O’Hara, Mike Attie, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck) — A group of fifth graders learn what it takes to get ahead in the modern American workplace. World Premiere

My Own Landscapes / France (Director: Antoine Chapon) — Before going to war, a former military game designer made video game scenarios that prepared soldiers for cultural shocks and healed trauma. Once back from the war, his relationship with his identity, with life and with the video game changed.

The Rifleman / U.S.A. (Director: Sierra Pettengill, Screenwriters: Daniel Garber, Sierra Pettengill) — Told entirely through archival material, tracing Harlon Carter, considered the “father of the modern NRA,” across the decades, revealing the links between the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Border Patrol, and gun culture.

Snowy / U.S.A. (Directors: Kaitlyn Schwalje, Alex Wolf Lewis) — Snowy, a 4-inch-long pet turtle, has lived an isolated life in the family basement. With help from a team of experts and his caretaker, Uncle Larry, we ask: Can Snowy be happy and what would it take? World Premiere

Spirits and Rocks: an Azorean Myth / Switzerland, Portugal (Director: Aylin Gökmen) — On a volcanic island, inhabitants are caught in an unending cycle: the threat of impending eruptions, and the burden of past traumas, loom over them. Some draw upon myth and religious beliefs to interpret their precarious situation; others demonstrate resilience. International Premiere

Tears Teacher / Japan (Director: Noemie Nakai) — Yoshida is a self-proclaimed “tears teacher.” A firm believer that regular crying promotes healthier living, he’s made it his mission to make more people weep.

This is the Way We Rise / U.S.A. (Director: Ciara Lacy) — An exploration into the creative process, following Native Hawaiian slam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, as her art is reinvigorated by her calling to protect sacred sites atop Maunakea, Hawai`i.

To Know Her / U.S.A., Hong Kong (Director: Natalie Chao) — A poetic exploration of the camera’s gaze and a family’s relationship with the filmmaker’s mother. International Premiere

When We Were Bullies / U.S.A., Germany (Director and Screenwriter: Jay Rosenblatt) — A mind-boggling “coincidence” leads the filmmaker to track down his fifth grade class – and fifth grade teacher – to examine their memory of and complicity in a bullying incident fifty years ago. World Premiere

Up at Night / Democratic Republic of the Congo, Belgium (Director and Screenwriter: Nelson Makengo) — As dusk fades and another night without electricity falls, Kinshasa’s neighborhoods reveal an unstable environment of violence, political conflict and uncertainty over the building of the Grand Inga 3 hydroelectric dam, promising a permanent source of energy to the Congo. U.S. Premiere

Animation

The Fire Next Time / United Kingdom (Director: Renaldho Pelle, Screenwriter: Kerry Jade Kolbe) — Rioting spreads as social inequality causes tempers in a struggling community to flare, but the oppressive environment takes on a life of its own as the shadows of the housing estate close in.

Forever / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Mitch McGlocklin) — A life insurance company uses an AI algorithm to determine the risk of a new applicant. The subsequent denial sparks a period of introspection for the individual in question.

The Fourfold / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Alisi Telengut) — An exploration of the indigenous worldview and wisdom based on ancient shamanistic traditions and animistic beliefs in Siberia and Mongolia. With hand-crafted animation, a testament of reclaiming animism for environmental ethics and non-human materialities.

Ghost Dogs / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Cappa, Screenwriters: Joe Cappa, J.W. Hallford) — A family’s new rescue pup is terrorized by deceased pets in this mind-bending horror.

GNT / Australia (Directors and Screenwriters: Sara Hirner, Rosemary Vasquez-Brown) — Glenn is a woman on an unwholesome mission, but just how far will she go to conquer the clique – and social media at large?

KKUM / South Korea, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Kang-min Kim) — My mother’s dreams have always been strong premonitions for important moments in my life. I rely on her dreams more than any religion.

Little Miss Fate / Switzerland (Director and Screenwriter: Joder von Rotz) — When the opportunity arises, Little Miss Fate slips into the role of the world leader. Unintentionally she creates a monster, which greedily wants to suck up all the love of the world. Overwhelmed by the rapid development, she loses control.

Misery Loves Company / U.S.A., South Korea (Director: Sasha Lee, Screenwriters: Sasha Lee, Yejin Choi) — As Seolgi is lying on a grass field with friends, a shooting star falls, and dark, intrusive thoughts hit her. Her melancholy blooms into bright and colorful “flower people,” dancing and wishing for a meteorite to end the world.

Souvenir Souvenir / France (Director and Screenwriter: Bastien Dubois) — For ten years, I’ve pretended to make a movie out of my grandfather’s Algerian war souvenirs. Today, I’m not sure I want to hear what he has to say.

Trepanation / U.S.A. (Director: Nick Flaherty) — What was once familiar is now unrecognizable. All previous desires are overshadowed by the need to disappear completely.

INDIE SERIES PROGRAM

A dedicated showcase for emerging creators of independently produced episodic content for broadcast, web, and streaming platforms. Previously Indie Episodic. Past projects that have premiered within this category include Work in Progress, State of the Union, Gentefied, Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men and Quarter Life Poetry. The Indie Series Program is presented by DoorDash.

4 Feet High / Argentina, France (Directors: María Belén Poncio, Rosario Perazolo Masjoan, Executive Producers: Ezequiel Lenardón, Marie Blondiaux) — Juana, a 17-year-old wheelchair user, aims to explore her sexuality but is ashamed of her body. Trying to find her place in a new high school, she will go through failure, friendship, fear and politics until she builds her own pride. Cast: Marisol Agostina Irigoyen, Florencia Licera, Marcio Ramses, Natalia Di Cienzo, Francisca Spinotti. World Premiere

Seeds of Deceit / Netherlands (Director: Miriam Guttmann, Executive Producers: Monique Busman, Michiel van Erp, Judith Reuten) — The revelation that Dr. Karbaat clandestinely used his own semen to inseminate more than 65 of his patients shocked the world. A vivid portrayal of how that happened and all the ways it haunts those affected: the emotional trauma of coming to terms with a changed life, a new identity. World Premiere

These Days / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Adam Brooks) — Mae, lonely and self-isolating, navigates the world of online dating during the early days of quarantine. Her first attempt is a comic disaster; then, she meets Will and her world begins to change in unexpected ways. Cast: Marianne Rendón, William Jackson Harper, Amy Brenneman, Parker Young. World Premiere

Would You Rather / France, Germany (Creators: Lise Akoka, Romane Guéret, Executive Producer: Pierre Grimaus, Jean Dathanat) — Sixteen-year-olds Shaï, Djeneba, Aladi, and Ismaël grew up in a working-class Paris neighborhood. Together, they watch hours drift by, cracking jokes, and playing their favorite game, “Would you rather?” As the group’s equilibrium suddenly shifts, they have to start making choices – in their lives and their game. Cast: Fanta Kebe, Shirel Nataf, Zakaria Lazab, Mouctar Diawara. North American Premiere

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EDITOR NOTE: DIRECTOR DEMOGRAPHICS
The data we are sharing reflects information provided directly by the artists. Some artists chose to not self identify in all data areas.

FULL SLATE: Across 140 films and projects, 50%, or 70, were directed by one or more women; 4% or 6, were directed by one or more non-binary individuals; 51%, or 71, were directed by one or more artists of color; 15% or 21 by one or more people who identify as LGBTQ+.

U.S. COMPETITION:

Dramatic: 50% of the 10 directors in this year’s U.S. Dramatic Competition identify as women; 40% as BIPOC.

Documentary: 64% of the 11 directors in this year’s U.S. Documentary Competition identify as women; 73% as BIPOC; 9% as LGBTQ+.

WORLD COMPETITION:

Dramatic: 50% of the 10 World Dramatic Competition identify as women.

Documentary: 50% of the 12 directors in the World Documentary Competition identify as women.

FEATURE FILM SUBMISSIONS: Of the feature film submissions, 1,377 were from the U.S. and 2,132 were international; 27% were directed by one or more women; 2% were directed by one or more non-binary individuals; 42% were directed by one or more filmmakers who identify as BIPOC; 11% by one or more filmmakers who identify as LGBTQ+.

ALL FEATURES: Of the 72 feature films, 47% were directed by one or more women; 3% were directed by one or more non-binary individuals; 43% were directed by one or more filmmakers who identify as BIPOC; 8% by one or more filmmakers who identify as LGBTQ+.

NEW FRONTIER: Of the 32 artists across the 14-project section, 44% identify as women, 9% as non-binary, 44% as BIPOC, and 22% as LGBTQ+.

SHORTS: Comprising 50 films, 48% or 24 of all short films announced today chose to indicate they were directed by one or more women; 2% or 1 was directed by one or more non-binary individuals; 64% or 32 were directed by one or more artists of color; 20% or 10 by one or more people who identify as LGBTQ+. Of the 60 directors across the section, 42% indicated they identify as women, 2% as non-binary, 56% as BIPOC, and 20% as LGBTQ+.

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