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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
dir. Ricky D’Ambrose
An unseen narrator chronicles the random events that shape the life of a child born in 1987.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
dir. Max Walker-Silverman
Two childhood sweethearts (Dale Dickey and Wes Studi), both widowed, reconnect over a weekend in the wilderness.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.