Upcoming: Sundance Plans

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival begins today and I will be virtually covering a number of the films for the next 10 days. I have 24 films tentatively scheduled, so there should be something for everyone. Here is the list of films (in alphabetical order) I have scheduled with some plot details for each.

A big thanks to the folks at Cinema Scholars and The Film Experience for letting me cover Sundance on their behalf.

892
Competition
dir. Abi Damaris Corbin

A U.S. Marine veteran (John Boyega) is driven to the brink when forces move beyond his control. He decides to rob a bank as the motives become less clear and the chaos grows greater.

After Yang
Spotlight
dir. Kogonada

Things get introspective when a couple (Colin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith) buy an android companion for their daughter. When the android starts malfunctioning, further intrigue is revealed.

Alice
Competition
dir. Krystin Ver Linden

Alice (Keke Palmer) spends her days enslaved on a hellish Georgia plantation. When she escapes into the woods, she soon discovers it’s actually 1973.

Call Jane
Premiere
dir. Phyllis Nagy

When faced with a life-threatening pregnancy in 1968, housewife Joy (Elizabeth Banks) finds the “Janes”, a secret group of women willing to help.

The Cathedral
Next
dir. Ricky D’Ambrose

An unseen narrator chronicles the random events that shape the life of a child born in 1987.

Emergency
Competition
dir. Carey Williams

Straight-laced students run into a problem of optics when they find a passed-out white girl on the floor. Faced with a problem, the group struggle to de-escalate the situation.

Emily the Criminal
Premiere
dir. John Patton Ford

Faced with mounting student loan debt, Emily (Aubrey Plaza) has low job prospects due to a minor criminal record. With few options, Emily becomes a “dummy shopper”, someone who buys goods with stolen credit cards.

Fire of Love
Documentary
dir. Sara Dosa

Featuring incredible footage from the couple, the film chronicles the love story between Katie and Maurice Kraft as well as their other love – volcanoes.

FRESH
Midnight
dir. Mimi Cave

Following a grocery store meet-cute and subsequent hookup, Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) goes away for the weekend with Steve (Sebastian Stan), only to discover his unusual appetites.

Girl Picture
World Dramatic
dir. Alli Haapasalo

Best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö enjoy their young lives. When Mimmi initiates a romance with Emma, the truths of the friends’ relationship come to light.

God’s Country
Premiere
dir. Julian Higgins

Sandra (Thandiwe Newton) is struggling with her job and her recently deceased mother. When a pair of hunters trespass on her property, her grief and self-restraint are pushed to their limits.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Premiere
dir. Sophie Hyde

Despite never having good sex, schoolteacher Nancy (Emma Thompson) is determined to have it. She employs sex worker Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack) to get the job done.

Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul
Premiere
dir. Adamma Ebo

The first lady of a Southern megachurch (Regina Hall), struggles to manage the aftermath of a scandal involving her husband, the church pastor (Sterling K. Brown).

I Didn’t See You There
Documentary
dir. Reid Davenport

When a circus arrives outside his apartment, the visibly disabled director examines the relationship between the freak show and the disabled people of the world.

The Janes
Documentary
dir. Tia Lessin

Raided by police in 1972, the world discovers a clandestine network of women known as “The Janes” who provide women with safe, affordable, and illegal abortions.

A Love Song
Next
dir. Max Walker-Silverman

Two childhood sweethearts (Dale Dickey and Wes Studi), both widowed, reconnect over a weekend in the wilderness.

Nanny
Competition
dir. Nikyatu Jusu

Aisha (Anna Diop) hopes to bring over her son from Senegal by working as a nanny for a wealthy couple. As she works, supernatural forces begin to invade her dreams and her reality.

PIGGY
Midnight
dir. Carlota Pereda

Sara (Laura Galán) is constantly bullied for her weight. But when she sees her bullies kidnapped, she is torn between revealing the truth and protecting the man who saved her.

Resurrection
Premiere
dir. Andrew Semans

Margaret (Rebecca Hall) has an idyllic life. When she begins seeing an unwelcome man from her past (Tim Roth), she must face the monster she has been trying to forget.

Sharp Stick
Premiere
dir. Lena Dunham

A sensitive and naive 26-year-old Sarah Jo (Kristine Froseth) embarks on a sexual journey with the father (Jon Bernthal) of the boy she takes care of.

Short Term 12
Anniversary Short
dir. Destin Daniel Cretton

In the short which spawned the critically-acclaimed film, a group of counselors talks to kids at a group home about the abuses they suffered.

We Need to Talk About Cosby
Premiere
dir. W. Kamau Bell

Once a symbol for Black excellence, Bill Cosby’s reality reaches much darker levels. This four-episode series speaks with those around Cosby as well as some of his survivors.

When You Finish Saving the World
Premiere
dir. Jesse Eisenberg

A mother (Julianne Moore) and her son (Finn Wolfhard) look for replacements for each other in life without understanding their own value to the other.

You Won’t Be Alone
World Dramatic
dir. Goran Stolevski

A young Macedonia woman is turned into a witch by an ancient spirit. Left alone, she wanders from body to body, mimicking their behavior until the spirit returns.

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