Sundance London 2022 Line Up Announced

Emma Thompson’s Good Luck To You, Leo Grande To Open This Year’s Festival

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 Sundance Institute have revealed the 2022  Sundance Film Festival: London programme today. The 2022 edition is set to take place in June with the city’s Picturehouse Central the official venue.

This year’s line-up will consist of 12 feature films from the  main Sundance Film Festival which happened back in Utah, USA in January.

Everything will kick-off on 9th June with the UK premiere of Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, directed by Sundance alumna and Best Director winner (at Sundance Film Festival 2022), Sophie Hyde. Lead actors Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack are confirmed to attend the premiere.

Four days later on  12th June everything will close  with the UK premiere screening of British filmmaker Jim Archer’s feature Brian and Charles. The feel-good comedy film stars British actor and comedian David Earl as Brian, a lonely and unlucky inventor who builds an artificial intelligence robot made from odds and ends, including an old washing machine.

This year’s film selection will feature  an equal number of male and female directors  (across features and shorts),  with filmmaker’s from British to  American  to tell their authentic stories.

Other highlights include Adamma Ebo‘s directorial feature debut Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul is an American dark comedy satire featuring a stellar cast that includes Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown and Nicole Beharie. Andrew Semans’ psychological thriller Resurrection stars Rebecca Hall as Margaret, a woman who balances the demands of a busy career and single parenthood. Her carefully constructed life is upended when an unwelcome shadow from her past, David, played excellently by Tim Roth, returns, forcing her to confront the monster she’s evaded for two decades.

In addition, cinema-goers will be able to take in the impressive and tender A Love Song, directed by Max Walker-Silverman, which tells the story of two childhood sweethearts, now both widowed, reuniting after 40 years apart. Receiving its world premiere at the Festival in 2022, the bold and funny Sharp Stick is Lena Dunham’s long-awaited follow up to Tiny Furniture. Chloe Okuno’s debut psychological thriller, Watcher  was shot during the pandemic and stars Maika Monroe as an expat being stalked.

As in previous years, the London edition will provide a strong documentary offering.  Sara Dosa’s engrossing Fire of Love ,  British director Ed Perkins’ highly anticipated The Princess lets archive footage do the talking in this compelling and uncompromising documentary of Princess Diana’s story. Joe Hunting’s groundbreaking and immersive debut documentary feature,  We Met in Virtual Reality. Julie Ha and Eugene Yi’s   Free Chol Soo Lee, details a Korean immigrant’s wrongful conviction and doubles as a portrait of the brutality of incarceration.  Hanna Bergholm’s debut  Finnish horror Hatching, a film follows Tinja, a 12-year-old gymnast desperate to please her mother.

Festivalgoers will have a special chance to catch an unannounced title with the festival’s fourth  Surprise Film.

Tabitha Jackson, Sundance Film Festival Director said: “We’re excited to be back in London to present a great selection of work from our Utah Festival programme to the wonderful audiences at Picturehouse Central. Alongside some truly original voices and perspectives on the screen, we’re looking forward to joining filmmakers and an array of industry players for some illuminating conversations about the present and future possibilities of independent cinema. And there’ll be  fun of course.  And cocktails.”

Sundance Film Festival: London Ticket Passes are on sale now, with priority booking for Picturehouse Members and Sundance Film Festival Ticket Passholders on sale from today 25th April.  General ticket sales will open at 10:00am on 3rd May.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande / United Kingdom (Director: Sophie Hyde, Screenwriter: Katy Brand)

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is an uplifting comedy that challenges expectations. Nancy & Leo discover an unexpected bond in this hilarious, heartwarming, sex-positive tale of empowerment and self-discovery.

Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack, Isabella Laughland |UK premiere

A Love Song / U.S.A (Director/Screenwriter: Max Walker-Silverman)

Two childhood sweethearts, both now widowed, share a night by a lake in the mountains.

Dale Dickey, Wes Studi, Michelle Wilson | UK premiere

Brian and Charles / United Kingdom (Director: Jim Archer, Screenwriters: David Earl, Chris Hayward)

Meet Brian – a lonely, luckless inventor who takes on his most ambitious project yet. Enter Charles – Brian’s extraordinary masterpiece – an artificially intelligent robot made from odds and ends, including an old washing machine, who has an inexplicable obsession with cabbages. Brian and Charles is a heartwarming and entertaining tale about friendship, family, finding love, and letting go.

 David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey | UK premiere.

Fire of Love / Canada, U.S.A (Director: Sara Dosa)

From National Geographic Documentary Films comes the extraordinary love story of intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died just as explosively as they lived — capturing the most spectacular imagery ever recorded of their greatest passion: volcanoes.

UK premiere

Free Sol Choo Lee / U.S.A (Directors: Julie Ha, Eugene Yi)

In 1970s San Francisco, 20-year-old Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee is racially profiled and convicted of a Chinatown gang murder. After spending years fighting to survive, investigative journalist K.W. Lee takes a special interest in his case, igniting an unprecedented social justice movement.

UK premiere

Hatching / Finland (Director: Hanna Bergholm, Screenwriter: Ilja Rautsi)

Tinja is a 12-year-old gymnast who’s desperate to please her image-obsessed mother. After finding a wounded bird in the woods, she brings its strange egg home, nestles it in her bed and nurtures it until it hatches. The creature that emerges soon becomes her closest friend and a living nightmare, plunging Tinja into a twisted reality that her mother refuses to see.

Siiri Solalinna, Sophia Heikkilä, Jani Volanen  | UK premiere

Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul / U.S.A (Director/Screenwriter: Adamma Ebo)

In Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul, proud first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch, Trinitie Childs (Regina Hall), carries immense responsibility on her shoulders. After a scandal involving her husband, Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown), the church is forced to close temporarily, leaving Trinitie struggling to manage the aftermath. Now Trinitie and Lee-Curtis must rebuild their congregation and reconcile their faith by all means necessary to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen.

Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown | UK premiere

The Princess / United Kingdom (Director: Ed Perkins)

The story of Princess Diana is told exclusively through contemporaneous archive creating a bold and immersive narrative of her life and death. Turning the camera back on ourselves, it also illuminates the profound impact she had and how the public’s attitude to the monarchy was, and still is, shaped by these events.

UK premiere

Resurrection / United Kingdom (Director/Screenwriter: Andrew Semans)

Margaret’s life is in order. She is capable, disciplined, and successful. Soon, her teenage daughter, who Margaret raised by herself, will be going off to a fine university, just as Margaret had intended. Everything is under control. That is, until David returns, carrying with him the horrors of Margaret’s past.

Rebecca Hall, Tim Roth | UK premiere

Sharp Stick / U.S.A (Director/Screenwriter: Lena Dunham)

Sarah Jo is a naive 26-year-old living on the fringes of Hollywood with her mother (longing for money) and sister (longing for exposure). She just longs to be seen. When she begins an affair

with her older employer, she is thrust into an education on sexuality, loss, and power.

Kristine Froseth, Jon Bernthal, Scott Speedman, Lena Dunham, Taylour Paige, Jennifer Jason Leigh |UK premiere

Watcher / U.S.A (Director: Chloe Okuno, Screenwriter: Zack Ford)

A young woman moves into a new apartment with her fiancé, only to be tormented by the feeling that she is being stalked by an unseen watcher in an adjacent building.

Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman | UK premiere

We Met in Virtual Reality / United Kingdom (Director: Joe Hunting)

Filmed entirely inside the world of VR, this documentary captures the excitement and surprising intimacy of a burgeoning cultural movement, demonstrating the power of online connection in an isolated world.

UK premiere

SURPRISE FILM – Following on from the last three Surprise Films, Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself, Paul Briganti’s dark comedy Greener Grass and Bart Layton’s crime flick American Animals, Sundance Film Festival: London will again feature an unannounced screening. Details will only be revealed as the opening credits roll. With just one screening, this will be one of the festival’s hottest tickets.

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