Here are the 119 movies, announced Nov. 28 by the Sundance Institute (and updated Dec. 20, Jan. 9 and 11) that will screen at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The festival runs Jan. 24-Feb. 3 in Park City and at venues in Salt Lake City and the Sundance resort.
Some passes are still on sale at sundance.org. So are 10-ticket packages for the festival’s second half (Jan. 30-Feb. 3), for Salt Lake City screenings, and for Utah students. The schedule of when and where movies will screen will be posted soon on sundance.org.
People who have bought ticket packages will be assigned time slots for ticket selection on Dec. 20, and selections will happen from Jan. 7 to 11. Utah ticket-package buyers will make their selections on Jan. 10 and 11.
Pre-sale of individual tickets for Sundance Institute members starts on Jan. 15. Individual tickets for Utah locals go on sale on Jan. 17. Individual tickets for everyone else go on sale Jan. 22. Individual tickets are $25 each; tickets for the electronic wait-list are $20; tickets for Kids division screenings are $10 each.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
“Before You Know It” • The makers of the web series “Disengaged” created this comedy about adult sisters (played by director/writer Hannah Pearl Utt and writer Jen Tullock) who learn their believed-to-be-deceased mom (Judith Light) is alive and starring in a soap opera. Also starring Mandy Patinkin, Mike Colter and Alec Baldwin.
“Big Time Adolescence” • Jason Orley wrote and directed this coming-of-age comedy about a teen (Griffin Gluck) and the bad influence of his best friend (“Saturday Night Live’s” Pete Davidson), a charismatic college dropout. Also starring Jon Cryer and Machine Gun Kelly.
“Brittany Runs a Marathon” • Comic actor Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street,” “Idiotsitter”) stars in Paul Downs Colazzo’s comedy as an underachiever who “takes control of her life, one city block at a time.” Also starring Michaela Watkins and Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out,” “Uncle Drew”).
“Clemency” • Alfre Woodard stars in this drama, written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, as a job-weary prison warden who connects with a death row inmate (Aldis Hodge). Also stars Richard Schiff and Wendell Pierce.
“The Farewell” • Comedian/rapper Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians”) stars in this comedy-drama, written and directed by Lulu Wang, who told the same true story in 2016 on public radio’s “This American Life.” It’s about a Chinese-American woman who returns to China to see her grandmother, whose family sets up an elaborate plan to hide the news that she has a terminal illness.
“Hala” • Writer-director Minhal Baig adapts her 2016 short into a feature, a coming-of-age comedy-drama about a Muslim teenager (Geraldine Viswanathan, from “Blockers”) coming into her own while her family is falling apart.
“Honey Boy” • Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”) and Shia LaBeouf star as a child TV star and his father, a hard-drinking ex-rodeo clown, in this drama. LaBeouf wrote the screenplay; the director is documentarian Alma Har’el. Also starring Laura San Giacomo, Maika Monroe, Natasha Lyonne, Martin Starr and FKA Twigs.
“Imaginary Order” • Wendy McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”) stars in writer-director Debra Eisenstadt’s psychological drama about an obsessive-compulsive suburban mom.
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” • Jimmie Falls plays himself, a man who dreams of restoring the Victorian home his grandfather (Danny Glover) built in the heart of San Francisco — a city rapidly changing and leaving Jimmie behind. Director Joe Talbot co-wrote the screenplay with Rob Richert.
“Luce” • A high-school teacher (Octavia Spencer) makes an alarming discovery about one of her students, Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), a star track athlete adopted by suburban parents (Naomi Watts, Tim Roth) from war-torn Eritrea, in this drama about race and identity. Director Julius Onah (“The Cloverfield Paradox”) and writer J.C. Lee adapted the script from Lee’s play.
“Ms. Purple” • Kasie (Tiffany Chu), a karaoke hostess in L.A.’s Koreatown, reconnects with her estranged brother Carey (Teddy Chu) when their father’s hospice nurse quits. Director Justin Chon (“Gook,” SFF ’17) co-wrote with Chris Dinh.
“Native Son” • Richard Wright’s landmark 1940 novel gets a movie adaptation, with Ashton Sanders (“Moonlight”) starring as Bigger Thomas, a young African-American man coming of age on Chicago’s South Side in the 1930s. The cast includes Sanaa Lathan, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Bill Camp. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wrote the screenplay; artist Rashid Johnson makes his directing debut. (This is a “Day One” film, which screens on the festival’s opening night.)
“Share” • Mandy (Rhianne Barreto), 16, discovers a disturbing video of herself from a night she doesn’t remember, and furiously tries to learn what happened and how to contain the damage. Writer-director Pippa Bianco expanded her 2015 short film, an award winner at Cannes and SXSW, for this thriller.
“The Sound of Silence” • Director-writer Michael Tyburski and co-writer Ben Nabors adapt their short “Palimpsest” (SFF ’13) for this drama about a New York City “house tuner” (Peter Skarsgaard), who calibrates the sound in people’s homes to adjust their moods, as he meets a client (Rashida Jones) with an unsolvable problem. Also starring Tony Revolori (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Austin Pendleton (“The Muppet Movie”).
“Them That Follow” • Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage wrote and directed this drama set in a snake-handling Pentecostal church in Appalachia, focusing on a pastor’s daughter (Alice Englert) whose secret could tear her community apart. Also starring Olivia Colman, Walton Goggins, Kaitlyn Dever and Jim Gaffigan.
“To the Stars” • A shy farmer’s daughter (Kara Hayward, from “Moonlight Kingdom”) begins an intimate friendship with a worldly new girl (Liana Liberato) under the gaze of her small-town neighbors in 1960s Oklahoma. The cast includes Jordana Spiro, Tony Hale, Shea Whigham and Malin Akerman. Directed by Martha Stephens (“Land Ho!”, SFF ’14), written by Shannon Bradley-Colleary.
U.S. Documentary Competition
“Always in Season” • Director Jacqueline Olive examines a century of lynching in America, focusing on the 2014 hanging death of a North Carolina teen and his mother’s search for justice and reconciliation.
“American Factory” • Chinese billionaire Cho Tak Wong aims to turn a shuttered GM plant in Ohio into a new auto-glass factory, promising 2,000 new jobs, but clashes between high-tech China and working-class America bring setbacks. Directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (“A Lion in the House,” SFF ’06) got an Oscar nomination for their 2009 documentary short “The Last Truck,” which chronicled the same GM plant’s closure.
“Apollo 11” • “First Man” as a documentary, as director Todd Douglas Miller (“Dinosaur 13,” SFF ’14) uses never-before-published 70mm footage and audio to reconstruct humanity’s first trip to the moon.
“Bedlam” • Psychiatrist and filmmaker Kenneth Paul Rosenberg visits emergency rooms, jails and homeless camps to chronicle the lives of the seriously mentally ill.
“David Crosby: Remember My Name” • An intensely intimate portrait of musician David Crosby, from his days in Crosby Stills & Nash to today. Directed by A.J. Eaton.
“Hail Satan?” • A look at The Satanic Temple, which has grown in only six years into one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. Directed by Penny Lane, whose animated documentary “Nuts!” played Sundance in 2016.
“Jawline” • Director Liza Mandelup profiles social-media star Austyn Tester, who uses his internet fame to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.
“Knock Down the House” • Director Rachel Lears follows four insurgent woman candidates challenging incumbents for congressional seats. Spoiler alert: One of them is former Bronx bartender Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, now the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
“Midnight Family” (Mexico/U.S.) • Director Luke Lorentzen follows the Ochoa family, who operate a private ambulance in Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods in a cutthroat competition with rival EMTs and try to make ends meet without sacrificing patient care.
“Mike Wallace Is Here” • TV journalist Mike Wallace’s long and controversial career as the bulldog investigative reporter on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” and how it influences today’s news coverage, is examined entirely through archival footage. Directed by Avi Belkin.
“Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements” • Director Irene Taylor Brodsky (“Hear and Now,” Audience Award winner, SFF ’07) paints portraits of a deaf boy growing up, his deaf grandfather, and Ludwig von Beethoven the year he went deaf and wrote his famed sonata.
“One Child Nation” (China/U.S.) • Exploring China’s one-child-per-couple policy, Nanfu Wang — who was herself an only child and is now a mother — and Jialing Zhang examine how the social experiment forever affected generations of parents and children.
“Pahokee” • In Pahokee, Fla., a small town in the Everglades, four teens experience heartbreak and more in their senior year. Directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan expand on their short doc “The Send-Off” (SFF ’16).
“Tigerland” • Director Ross Kauffman (“E-Team,” SFF ’14; “Born Into Brothels,” SFF ’04) captures footage of tigers in the wild from India to Siberia and profiles the people working to save them from extinction.
“Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary” • Director Ben Berman tries to separate truth from illusion in this look at John Edward Szeles, better known as the comedy magician The Amazing Johnathan, who went on what he said would be his final tour in 2013 — because, he said, he had a year to live.
“Where’s My Roy Cohn?” • Attorney Roy Cohn, the dark manipulator who guided Joseph McCarthy and the young Donald Trump, is revealed in this thriller-like exposé by director Matt Tyrnauer (“Studio 54,” SFF ’18).
World Cinema Dramatic Competition
“Dirty God” (Netherlands/United Kingdom/Belgium/Ireland) • A young mother (Vicky Knight) finds her life spiraling out of control after an acid attack leaves her severely burned, and she takes drastic action to reclaim control. Directed by Sacha Polak, who co-wrote with Susanne Farrell.
“Divine Love” (Brazil/Uruguay/Denmark/Norway) • In Brazil, 2027, a religious woman (Dira Praes) uses her position in a notary’s office to keep struggling couples from divorce — until she has a problem in her own marriage. Director Gabriel Mascaro co-wrote the script with Rachel Daisy Ellis and Esdras Bezerra.
“Dolce Fine Giornata” (Poland) • The setting is Tuscany, amid terrorism and eroding democracy, as Maria (Krystyna Janda) finds her stable family life crumbling when she begins a relationship with a young immigrant (Lorenzo de Moor). Director Jacek Borcuch co-wrote the script with Szczepan Twardoch.
“Judy & Punch” (Australia) • In writer-director Mirrah Foulkes’ drama, two puppeteers try to resurrect their marionette show, which is a success thanks to Judy (Mia Wasikowska) and her superior puppetry skills — but is endangered by Punch (Damon Herriman) and his ambition and his drinking.
“Koko-di Koko-da” (Sweden/Denmark) • A couple, mourning the loss of their daughter, take a road trip and become terrorized by a sideshow artist and his entourage in writer-director Johannes Nyholm’s psychological thriller.
“The Last Tree” (United Kingdom) • In writer-director Shola Amoo’s coming-of-age drama, Femi (Sam Adewunmi), a British teen of Nigerian heritage, struggles with culture shock when he must leave his happy rural childhood to live in London with his mum.
“Monos” (Colombia/Argentina/Netherlands/Germany/Sweden/Uruguay) • Eight kids with guns watch over a hostage (Julianne Nicholson) and a milk cow on a mountaintop in this drama directed by Alejandro Landes and written by Landes and Alexis Dos Santos.
“Queen of Hearts” (Denmark) • A woman (Trine Dyrholm) seduces her 17-year-old stepson (Gustav Lindh), putting her family and career in jeopardy, in this drama directed by May El-Toukhy, who co-wrote with Maren Louise Käehne.
“The Sharks” (Uruguay/Argentina/Spain) • Writer-director Lucía Garibaldi’s drama centers on 14-year-old Rosina (Romina Bentancur), the only person in her small beach town not panicked by news that sharks are swimming around.
“The Souvenir” (United Kingdom) • A film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) starts a courtship with an untrustworthy man (Tom Burke), defying her mother (played by the actress’s mum, Tilda Swinton) and worrying her friends, in writer-director Joanna Hogg’s romantic drama.
“This Is Not Berlin” (Mexico) • A misfit teen (Xabiani Ponce de León) is invited to a mythical nightclub, where he finds an underground nightlife scene of punk, drugs and sexual liberty. Director Haro Sana co-wrote with Rodrigo Ordóñez and Max Zunino.
“We Are Little Zombies” (Japan) • Writer-director Makoto Nagahisa — who won Sundance’s 2017 Grand Jury Prize for short films with “And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool” — makes his feature debut with this story of four 13-year-olds who form a band to cope with their emotions after the deaths of their parents.
World Cinema Documentary Competition
“Advocate” (Israel/Canada/Switzerland) • Filmmakers Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche profile Lea Tsemel, a Jewish-Israeli lawyer who has defended Palestinians of all stripes — feminists to fundamentalists, nonviolent demonstrators and armed militants — for nearly 50 years.
“Cold Case Hammarskjold” (Denmark) • Filmmaker Mads Brügger, who went undercover as a corruptible diplomat in “The Ambassador” (SFF ’12), teams with private eye Göran Bjorkdahl to investigate the still-unsolved death of U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, whose plane went down in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) in 1961.
“The Disappearance of My Mother” (Italy) • Filmmaker Benjamin Baresse turns the camera on his mother, once-iconic fashion model Benedetta Barzini, 73, as she plans to leave Milan for a solitary life on a faraway island.
“The Edge of Democracy” (Brazil) • Director Petra Costa gets insider access to tell a tale of two presidents — Luiz Inácio Lula de Silva, aka Lula, the charismatic and now jailed leader of Brazil from 2003 to 2010, and Dilma Rousseff, his chief-of-staff and successor, impeached and removed from office in 2016 — and what their story means for democracy in the South American country.
“Gaza” (Ireland) • Filmmakers Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell aim to get past the headlines and look at the people living in Gaza, leading their lives amid the rubble of never-ending conflict.
“Honeyland” (Macedonia) • Europe’s last female bee hunter is on a mission: to save the bees taken by nomadic beekeepers and restore the natural balance. Directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska.
“Lapü” (Colombia) • In the Guajira Desert, Doris, a member of the indigenous Wayuu people, exhumes her cousin’s remains for a ritual in which Doris confronts death and blends the worlds of dreams and the living. Directed by Juan Pablo Polanco and César Alejandro Jaimes.
“The Magic Life of V” (Finland/Denmark/Bulgaria) • Director Tonislav Hristov follows Veera, who uses live role-playing to become more independent, help her mentally challenged brother and confront the legacy of their abusive father.
“Midnight Traveler” (U.S./Qatar/United Kingdom/Canada) • Afghan filmmaker Hassan Fazili chronicles his own journey, fleeing the Taliban with his wife and two young daughters, and shows firsthand what refugees face when they seek asylum.
“Sea of Shadows” (Austria) • Environmentalists, the Mexican navy and undercover investigators work to protect the vaquita, the smallest species of whale, which is being destroyed by Mexican cartels and Chinese mobsters harvesting swim bladders of the totoaba fish — called “the cocaine of the sea.” Director Richard Ladkani goes along for the ride.
“Shooting the Mafia” (Ireland) • Documentarian Kim Longinotto (“Dreamcatcher,” SFF ’15) profiles photographer Letizia Battaglia, who for 40 years has captured images of her home in Sicily — in particular, the brutality of the Mafia.
“Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire” • Filmmaker Henrik Georgsson uses re-enactments to create a portrait of Stieg Larsson, the author of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” and his battles with right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis.
“Adam” • Director Rhys Ernst and screenwriter Ariel Schrag adapt Schrag’s coming-of-age novel about an awkward teen boy (Nicholas Alexander) who follows his sister (Margaret Qualley) into New York’s lesbian and trans activist scene.
“The Death of Dick Long” • Two guys try to keep private the details of how their friend Dick died, a tough task in a small Alabama town where news travels fast. Directed by Daniel Scheinert (“Swiss Army Man,” SFF ’16), written by Billy Chew.
“Give Me Liberty” • A medical transport driver has to choose between transporting a group of elderly Russians and helping a young black woman with ALS, all while a riot breaks out in America’s most segregated city, Milwaukee. Kirill Mikhanovsky directed this comedy-drama about immigrants and the American dream, which he co-wrote with Alice Austen.
“The Infiltrators” • A group of undocumented Dreamers deliberately gets detained by U.S. Border Patrol to get inside a mysterious for-profit detention center. Directed by Alex Rivera (“Sleep Dealer,” SFF ’08) and Cristina Ibarra; written by Rivera and Aldo Velasco.
“Light From Light” • Shelia (Marin Ireland), a single mom and part-time paranormal investigator, looks into a possible “haunting” at a widower’s farmhouse in Tennessee in this ghost story written and directed by Paul Harris.
“Paradise Hills” (Spain/U.S.) • Spanish filmmaker/photographer Alice Waddington makes her feature debut with this science-fiction thriller, starring Emma Roberts as a woman who is sent to a high-class reform facility with a dark secret. The cast includes Danielle Macdonald (“Patti Cake$,” SFF ’17), Awkwafina, Eiza González, Milla Jovovich and Jeremy Irvine. Written by Nacho Vigalondo (“Colossal,” SFF ’17) and Brian DeLeeuw.
“Premature” • Ayanna (Zora Howard) is preparing to leave Harlem for college when she meets Isaiah (Joshua Boone), a mysterious outsider, in this coming-of-age drama directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green (“Gun Hill Road,” SFF ’11) and written by Green and Howard.
“Selah and the Spades” • Writer-director Tayarisha Poe dissects the power politics of a prestigious boarding school, where Selah Summers (Lovie Simone) is feared and loved as leader of the most powerful faction, The Spades.
“Sister Aimee” • Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann wrote and directed this fictionalized look at the life of Aimee Semple McPherson (Anna Margaret Hollyman), the famed evangelist who in 1926 is looking for a way out of the spotlight — and ends up on a wild road trip toward Mexico.
“The Wolf Hour” • Naomi Watts stars as June E. Leigh, a former counterculture figure who in 1977 — the “Summer of Sam” — is living alone in the South Bronx, tormented by someone who knows how to find her weaknesses. Written and directed by Alistair Banks Griffin; the cast includes Emory Cohen, Jennifer Ehle and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
“After the Wedding” • Michelle Williams stars as Isabel, who courts a New York benefactor, Theresa (Julianne Moore), to donate to her orphanage in India. An invitation to a wedding causes Isabel’s past and present to collide. This drama by writer-director Bart Freundlich (“The Myth of Fingerprints,” SFF ’97) is remake of a 2006 Danish Oscar nominee by writer-director Susanne Bier (“In a Better World,” SFF ’11). (This is a “Day One” film, screening on the festival’s opening night.)
“Animals” (United Kingdom/Ireland/Australia) • Laura (Holliday Grainger) and Tyler (Alia Shawkat) have been hard-partying pals for a decade, but Laura’s new romance and her focus on her novel are straining that friendship. Sophie Hyde (“52 Tuesdays,” SFF ’14) directs a screenplay by Emma Jane Unsworth.
“Blinded by the Light” (United Kingdom) • Bend it like the Boss? “Bend It Like Beckham” director Gurinder Chadha (“What’s Cooking?” SFF ’00) returns with this coming-of-age comedy set in Thatcher-era England, about a teen (Viveik Kalra) who tries to understand his world through the music of Bruce Springsteen. Chadha co-wrote with Sarfraz Manzoor and Paul Mayeda Berges. The cast includes Hayley Atwell and Rob Brydon.
“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” (United Kingdom) • Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) makes his feature debut as a writer and director in this true story of William Kamkwamba (Maxwell Simba), a 13-year-old Malawi boy who sought to save his family and village from famine by building a wind turbine. Ejiofor also stars as William’s father.
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” • Zac Efron plays serial killer Ted Bundy, whose exploits through Washington state and Utah are seen from the vantage point of his girlfriend Liz Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who refused to believe the truth for years. Documentarian Joe Berlinger (“Brother’s Keeper,” SFF ’92; “Paradise Lost,” SFF ’96, among others) directs a script by Michael Werwie. The cast includes Haley Joel Osment, Kaya Scodelario, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons and Metallica’s James Hetfield.
“Fighting With My Family” • Stephen Merchant (co-creator of “The Office”) wrote and directed this comedy, about an English teen (Florence Pugh) whose dreams of being a pro wrestler leads to an audition with the WWE. Nick Frost (“Shaun of the Dead” and Lena Heady “Game of Thrones”) play her parents, Vince Vaughn co-stars, and Dwayne Johnson plays himself.
“I Am Mother” (Australia) • In this dystopian science-fiction drama, a teen girl (Clara Rugaard) is raised by a robot, Mother (voiced by Rose Byrne), designed to repopulate Planet Earth — until a stranger (Hilary Swank) arrives with alarming news. Directed by Grant Sputore, written by Michael Lloyd Green.
“Late Night” • Mindy Kaling wrote and stars in this comedy as the first female staff writer for a legendary late-night talk show host (Emma Thompson), whose differences are bridged by their shared love of a sharp joke. Directed by Nisha Ganatra, a veteran TV director, the movie also stars John Lithgow, Paul Walter Hauser, Reid Scott and Amy Ryan.
“The Mustang” • Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a violent convict, is given a chance at redemption in a rehabilitation program to train wild mustangs. Directed by French actor Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, who wrote with Mona Fastvold and Brock Norman Brock. The cast includes Connie Britton, Bruce Dern, Jason Mitchell, Gideon Adlon and Josh Stewart.
“Official Secrets” (U.S./United Kingdom) • Keira Knightley stars in this true-life drama as British Intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun, who before the 2003 Iraq invasion leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a U.S./U.K. spying operation against members of the U.N. Security Council — with the intent of blackmailing countries into supporting the war. Gavin Hood (“Ender’s Game”) directed, and co-wrote the screenplay with husband-and-wife writers Sara and Gregory Bernstein. The cast includes Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode and Rhys Ifans.
“Paddleton” • In writer-director Alex Lehmann’s comedy-drama, Mark Duplass and Ray Romano play misfit neighbors who become unlikely friends when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Also starring Christine Woods.
“Photograph” (India) • Director-writer Ritesh Batra (“Our Souls at Night,” “The Lunchbox”) returns to his native Mumbai for this romance about a street photographer (Nawazuddin Siddiqi) who asks a shy stranger (Sanya Malhotra) to pose as his fiancée to get his family off his back.
“Relive” • After a man’s family dies in an apparent homicide case, he (David Oyelowo) gets a phone call from his niece (Storm Reid, from “A Wrinkle in Time”) — one of those killed. Is she a ghost? Is he going mad? Or will her calls help him rewrite history? Director Jacob Estes (“The Details,” SFF ’11) co-wrote with Drew Daywalt. The cast includes Mykelti Williamson, Alfred Molina and Bryan Tyree Henry.
“The Report” • Adam Driver stars in writer-director Scott Z. Burns’ true-life political drama as Daniel Jones, lead investigator of the U.S. Senate’s study of the CIA program to detain, interrogate and torture detainees during the Iraq War. Also starring Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Ted Levine, Maura Tierney, Tim Blake Nelson, Jennifer Morrison and Michael C. Hall.
“Sonja: The White Swan” (Norway) • A biopic of Sonja Henie, the 1930s Olympian who invented modern figure skating and who sacrificed everything to become a Hollywood star. Ine Marie Wilmann plays Henie, reteaming with director Anne Sewitsky (“Homesick,” SFF ’15). Written by Mette Marit Bølstad and Andreaas Markusson.
“The Sunlit Night” (Germany/Norway) • An American painter (Jenny Slate) and a Russian émigré (Alex Sharp) meet under the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle in this romantic drama directed by David Wnendt and written by Rebecca Dinerstein, based on her novel. The cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Gillian Anderson, Fridjov Sáheim and David Paymer.
“The Tomorrow Man” • Music-video director Noble Jones wrote and directed this love story between two people with a lot of stuff: Ed (John Lithgow), preparing for a disaster that may never come, and Ronnie (Blythe Danner), who shops for things she may never use.
“Top End Wedding” (Australia) • Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) and Ned (Gwylim Lee, from “Bohemian Rhapsody”) are getting married in 10 days — if they can find Lauren’s missing mom (Kerry Fox) in northern Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding. Wayne Blair directs this comedy, written by Tapsell and Joshua Tyler.
“Troop Zero” • A misfit girl (McKenna Grace) in rural Georgia in 1977 dreams of outer space, and a national competition to be included on NASA’s Golden Record gives her a chance to make that dream come true — with the help of a makeshift group of Birdie Scouts. The female directing duo Bert & Bertie makes its feature debut, with a script by Lucy Alibar (“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” SFF ’12). The cast includes Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Epps, Charlie Shotwell and Allison Janney.
“Velvet Buzzsaw” • Artists and collectors collide in Los Angeles' contemporary art scene in this Netflix-produced horror-thriller, which reunites star Jake Gyllenhaal with “Nightcrawler” writer-director Dan Gilroy. Also starring Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge and Natalia Dyer (“Stranger Things”).
“Ask Dr. Ruth” • Director Ryan White (“The Case Against 8,” SFF ’14) gets Dr. Ruth Westheimer, at 90 years old, to look back on her past as a Holocaust survivor and as America’s best-known sex therapist.
“The Brink” • Director Alison Klayman (“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” SFF ’12) far-right political advisor Steve Bannon in his days after leaving Donald Trump’s White House, as self-appointed leader of the “populist movement,” spreading a hardline anti-immigration message across America and around the world.
“The Great Hack” • The team behind the Arab Spring documentary “The Square” (SFF ’13), Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, examines the Cambridge Analytica Facebook hack — and how control of one’s data is becoming the newest human right.
“Halston” • French director Frédéric Tcheng continues his chronicles of the fashion world (after documentaries on Diana Vreeland and the house of Dior) with this rags-to-riches story of America’s first superstar designer, who saw his name become a tradable commodity that he could not control.
“The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” • Alex Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” SFF ’05) looks at the rise and fall of Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes and her too-good-to-be-true invention that promised to change the way blood is tested.
“Love, Antosha” • The too-short but extraordinary life of actor Anton Yelchin — from indie glory (such as “Like Crazy,” Grand Jury Prize winner, SFF ’11) to mainstream success (Chekov in the “Star Trek” reboot) — is examined by director Garret Price.
“Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” • Director Nick Broomfield (whose “Kurt & Courtney” almost screened at Sundance in 1998) chronicles the unconventional love story of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen.
“Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen” (New Zealand) • Director Merata Mita, a pioneer in bringing Maori stories to the screen and inspiring indigenous filmmakers around the world, is shown in archival footage from the perspective of her children. Her youngest, Heperi Mita, is the film’s director.
“Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” • Sundance regular Stanley Nelson (“Tell Them We Are Rising,” SFF ’17, among others) presents a portrait of jazz innovator and icon Miles Davis.
“Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins” • Texas journalist, political columnist and social critic Molly Ivins — who took on Reagan, Clinton and two Bushes in defense of the Bill of Rights — gets the documentary treatment from director Janice Engel.
“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” • Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (“The Black List,” “The Trans List”) looks at the life and career of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, author of “Beloved,” “God Help the Child” and other novels.
“Untouchable” • Harvey Weinstein isn’t buying movies at Sundance anymore, but he is featured in one: Ursula Macfarlane’s examination of how the movie mogul acquired and protected his power as charges of sexual assault became too loud for even Hollywood to ignore.
“Words From a Bear” • Jeffrey Palmer’s documentary — produced for PBS’ “American Masters” series — connects the words of Kiowa author and Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday to his American Indian experience.
“Corporate Animals” • A team-building trip in New Mexico turns into an underground test of survival for an egotistical CEO (Demi Moore), her long-suffering assistants (Jessica Williams and Karan Soni), their clueless guide (Ed Helms) and others. The horror-comedy is directed by Patrick Brice (“The Overnight,” SFF ’15) and written by Sam Bain.
“Greener Grass” • In this dark comedy by writer-director-stars Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, soccer moms compete in their personal lives while their kids battle on the field.
“The Hole in the Ground” (Ireland) • A troubled mom (Seána Kerslake) panics when her son (James Quinn Markey) disappears in the woods behind their rural house — and becomes more distraught when he returns seemingly OK, but somehow different. Director Lee Cronin co-wrote this horror tale with Stephen Shields.
“Little Monsters” (Australia) • In writer-director Abe Forsythe’s horror-comedy, a down-on-his-luck musician (Alexander England) chaperones his nephew’s kindergarten field trip and must team up with the teacher (Lupita Nyong’o) and a kids-show personality (Josh Gad) to protect the children from a sudden zombie outbreak.
“The Lodge” (U.S./United Kingdom) • A bride-to-be (Riley Keough) is snowed in with her future stepchildren (Jaden Martell, Lia McHugh) when demons from her strict religious childhood come out to torment them. Directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala share screenwriting credit with Sergio Casci. Alicia Silverstone and Richard Armitage also star.
“Memory: The Origins of ‘Alien’ ” • Documentarian Alexandre O. Phillippe, who dissected the “Psycho” shower scene in “78/52” (SFF ’17), ties together the threads of mythology and art that inspired Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror/science-fiction classic “Alien.”
“Mope” • A “mope,” the synopsis for director Lucas Heyne’s comedy-drama explains, is the lowest-level male performer in the porn industry. The question the film asks is whether two “mopes” can become porn “stars.” Heyne co-wrote with Zack Newkirk.
“Sweetheart” • In this horror-thriller, Kiersey Clemons stars as a woman who washes up on a tropical island and must battle the elements, loneliness and the malevolent force that comes out at night. Director J.D. Dillard (“Sleight,” SFF ’16) co-wrote with Alex Theurer and Alex Hyner.
“Wounds” • A bartender (Armie Hammer) in New Orleans picks up a phone left behind at his bar, and then disturbing and mysterious things start to happen. Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz, Karl Glusman and Brad William Henke co-star in this horror thriller written and directed by Babak Anvari (“Under the Shadow,” SFF ’16).
“Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” (Canada) • From concrete seawalls in China to giant machines in Germany, from psychedelic potash mines in the Ural Mountains to conservation sanctuaries in Kenya, filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky — the team behind “Manufactured Landscapes” (SFF ’07) — travel to 20 countries on six continents to document how humans dominate the planet. Alicia Vikander narrates.
“The Biggest Little Farm” • John Chester, the film’s director, chronicles eight years in which he and his wife, Molly, attempted to start a 200-acre farm in Ventura County, on land depleted of nutrients as California suffered a major drought.
“Birds of Passage” (Colombia) • This drama chronicles the growth of Colombia’s drug trade in the 1970s though the prism of Rapayet (José Acosta), a member of the indigenous Wayuu tribe that is caught in the middle of the violence. Directed by Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent,” SFF ’16) and Christina Gallego; written by Maria Camila Arias and Jacques Toulemonde.
“Maiden” (United Kingdom) • Documentarian Alex Holmes tells the story of Tracy Edwards, the 24-year-old who skippered the first all-woman international crew in the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.
“The Mountain” • Andy (Tye Sheridan), a young man whose mother is committed to an institution in the 1950s, takes a job as photographer for a doctor (Jeff Goldblum) touring asylums to advocate for his controversial lobotomy procedure. Director Rick Alverson (“The Comedy,” SFF ’12) co-wrote with Colm O’Leary and Salt Lake City native Dustin Defa.
“The Nightingale” (Australia) • Writer-director Jennifer Kent, who brought forth “The Babadook” (SFF ’14), returns with this thriller set in 1825, where an imprisoned Irishwoman (Aisling Franciosi), aided by an Aboriginal tracker (Baykali Ganambarr), chases a British officer (Sam Claflin) through Tasmania, seeking revenge for what he did to her family.
“Abe” (Brazil) • One 12-year-old Brooklyn kid (Noah Schnapp, from “Stranger Things”), mentored by an Afro-Brazilian chef (singer Seu Jorge), tries to use cooking to settle the long-simmering fight between the Israeli-Jewish and Palestinian-Muslim sides of his family. Directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade; written by Lameece Issaq and Jacob Kader.
“The Elephant Queen” (United Kingdom/Kenya) • Athena, a mother elephant, must lead her herd across the African savannah to find a new watering hole. This documentary is directed by husband-and-wife nature filmmakers Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone, and narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
“The Witch Hunters” (Serbia/Macedonia) • Jovan (Mihajlo Milavic), a shy 10-year-old with mild cerebral palsy, is enlisted by a new classmate, Milica (Silma Mahmuti), for a mission: to prove that Milica’s dad’s new girlfriend is a witch. Rasko Miljkovic directs this adventure-drama, with screenwriters Milos Kreckovic and Marko Manjlovic adapting Jasminka Petrovic’s novel.
From the Collection
“The Blair Witch Project” • A 20th anniversary screening of directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez' 1999 horror thriller — about three college students (Heather Donohue, Joshua Leonard, Michael Williams) who get lost in the woods while shooting a documentary — that broke ground for do-it-yourself filmmaking and spawned a generation of “found footage” imitators.
“The Hours and Times” • Christopher Munch’s landmark 1992 film, which imagines what might have happened when a young John Lennon (Ian Hart) and the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein (David Angus), took a trip to Spain in spring 1963, as the band was on the brink of stardom.