Next month sees the prestigious Sundance Film Festival make it way over to the UK for a four day event at the O2.
For Britain-based film fans who have always wished they could experience the infamous ‘spirit of Sundance’, without trekking all the way to Utah where the festival is usually held, then this could be something of a dream come true.
Actor and festival founder, Robert Redford, has decided to transport Sundance across the pond to screen 14 of the films which were included in this year’s US January line-up. With a mission statement which stated that “the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world”, Sundance London certainly looks to be an exciting time for film fanatics in the UK.
However, festival director, John Cooper, has insisted that the films which will be showcased are not simply a ‘best of’ this year’s Park City festival, but rather a ‘cross-section’ of the various types of filmmaking which Sundance aims to support.
Yet even with that ‘shabby-effect’ logo, it is hard to imagine that a festival held in London’s super sleek O2 Arena will have quite the same vibe as that which is usually hosted in public libraries and community halls in a much smaller suburban town.
Here is a brief lowdown on the 14 films which will feature throughout Sundance London, which kicks off on the 16th April…
2 Days in New York
Julie Delpy’s sequel to 2 Days In Paris, with Deply returning to star alongside comedian Chris Rock.
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Director Terence Nance blends live action and animation for an innovative début feature telling the story of the highs and lows of a relationship.
Documentary in which National Geographic photographer James Balog and former climate change sceptic captures a multi-year record of global warming using time-lapse cameras.
Gina Rodriguez stars as a young Mexican hip hop artist trying to make it in the music industry.
A documentary revealing shocking poverty within the United States itself, where one in six Americans can’t afford enough to eat on a regular basis.
A road-trip following a wannabe rock star (played by Paul Dano) who is also fighting for custody of his daughter.
Elizabeth Olsen stars as a student who makes a connection with a former student who has become disillusioned with graduate life.
The début feature from director and writer Sheldon Candis, LUV is a coming of age film set in Baltimore.
Cultures and values clash as a New York artist arrives in hip LA to stay in a family’s pool house whilst working on her art film.
The Queen of Versailles
Lauren Greenfield follows a family who go from rags to riches and back again, whilst questioning the American Dream in this economy-based documentary.
Safety Not Guaranteed
A Craigslist ad advertises for a time-travel volunteer, which three magazine employees are sent to investigate.
Shut Up and Play the Hits
Music documentary about the last days of dance music band LCD Soundsystem, and their final gig at Madison Square Garden.
The House I Live In
A documentary examining America’s ‘War On Drugs’ which has accounted for 45 million arrests and destroyed impoverished communities worldwide.
Under African Skies
A documentary following Paul Simon’s return to Graceland twenty-five years after the initial release of what proved to be a politically controversial album.
We’ll keep you posted!