Sundance Film Festival London will now take place this year, but online. Taking place in August but it will be shorter too.
Due to Sundance Film Festival: London’s postponement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sundance Institute and Picturehouse Cinemas have collaborated once again to ensure that they are still able to bring some of the best of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to UK audiences digitally.
The festival will be a present three feature films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A. Each film will be an UK Premiere and like any previous festival will have Q&A’s after each film, taking place over the weekend of 7th until 9th August.
This year’s festival will open with Uncle Frank, which is directed, written and produced by Alan Ball (American Beauty, True Blood) and stars Paul Bettany. Luxor, directed by Zeina Durra (The Imperialists Are Live) and starring Andrea Riseborough will premiere on Saturday. The event will close on Sunday with Boys State, directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine and winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the 2020 Festival.
Festival passholders will be able to enjoy access to a short film programme, which includes the UK premiere of 8 short films which highlight filmmaking’s most original voices.
Tabitha Jackson, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “As a proud Brit in my first year as Festival Director, and despite all the challenges of this moment, I am especially pleased that we are able to celebrate Sundance Film Festival: London with a tight selection of films, conversations and special guests on our new digital platform. Although we will not be gathering in person, the power of the work remains undimmed and we’re eager for it to reach audiences in the comfort and safety of their homes.”
Uncle Frank (Director/Screenwriter: Alan Ball) – UK premiere
In 1973, Frank Bledsoe and his 18-year-old niece Beth take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina, for the family patriarch’s funeral and are unexpectedly joined by Frank’s lover, Walid.
Principal cast: Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi
Luxor (Director: Zeina Durra) UK premiere
When British aid worker Hana returns to the ancient city of Luxor, she comes across Sultan, a talented archaeologist and former lover. As she wanders, haunted by the familiar place, she struggles to reconcile the choices of the past with the uncertainty of the present.
Principal cast: Andrea Riseborough, Karim Saleh, Michael Landes
Boys State (Director: Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine) Documentary UK premiere
A political coming-of-age story, Boys State is a raucous journey into the heart of American democracy through an annual rite of passage in which a thousand teenage boys from across Texas come together to build a representative government from the ground up.
Festival passes £20 on general sale. £14 for Picturehouse Members, Cineworld Unlimited Customers and Co//ab Members.