The 2020 Sundance movie competition shall be a stripped again, largely digital version following within the footsteps of different festivals which were pressured to redefine themselves within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The lineup, that includes 72 characteristic movies compared to final yr’s 118, shall be considered one of its most numerous but with 47% of them directed by a number of girls, 42% from film-makers of color and 15% from LGBTQ+ creators.
Premieres embody the directorial debuts of the actors Robin Wright and Rebecca Corridor. Wright’s movie Land, during which she additionally stars, focuses on a girl who retreats into the wilderness after struggling a loss. Passing, from Corridor, relies on Nella Larsen’s novel about two light-skinned black girls in Twenties Harlem and the character of racial passing with considered one of them “passing” for white.
“I got here throughout [Passing] at a time after I was making an attempt to reckon creatively with a few of my private household historical past, and the thriller surrounding my biracial grandfather on my American mom’s facet,” mentioned Corridor in a latest interview. “Partially, making this movie is an exploration of that historical past, to which I’ve by no means actually had entry.”
Different narrative premieres embody I Was A Easy Man, a household drama set in Hawaii starring Constance Wu; On the Rely of Three, the directorial debut of comic Jerrod Carmichael starring himself and Tiffany Haddish; and R#J, a up to date replace on Romeo and Juliet going down by way of smartphones.
The affect of the coronavirus shall be felt not solely within the construction of the competition – with screenings going down by way of on on-line platform and with in-person satellite tv for pc showings throughout the US – however throughout the movies themselves. Narrative options that not directly converse to the pandemic embody Brazilian drama The Pink Cloud a few lethal cloud that results in a worldwide lockdown and Within the Earth, a British horror movie from Kill Checklist and Rebecca director Ben Wheatley a few lethal virus. The director shot it under-the-radar in August in simply 15 days.
The documentary part will even characteristic the premiere of Within the Identical Breath, from Nanfu Wang the acclaimed director of One Baby Nation. The movie will assemble firsthand accounts of the pandemic in China and examine “how propaganda and patriotism formed the outbreak’s course”. Different main documentaries on the competition embody Carry Your Personal Brigade concerning the improve in wildfires, an Edgar Wright-directed movie concerning the band Sparks and Avenue Gang: How We Acquired To Sesame Avenue which takes a glance again on the much-loved youngsters present.
“Togetherness has been an animating precept right here on the Sundance Institute as we’ve labored to reimagine the competition for 2021, as a result of there isn’t a Sundance with out our neighborhood,” mentioned Sundance Institute founder and president Robert Redford.
Final yr’s competition featured the premieres of By no means Not often Generally All the time, Minari, Shirley, Palm Springs and Promising Younger Lady.
Sundance 2021 takes place between 28 January and three February.