Looking for some good ole’ fashion entertainment this week? Join Park City as they proudly kick-off this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which will be taking place from January 22 to February 1 in Park City and venues in Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance resort.
Every year, Sundance amazes viewers with its unique films that continually push the boundaries of “cookie-cutter” blockbuster movies and offer a more honest portrayal of unchartered subjects and genres. Sundance has had many films go on to make big Oscar plays in recent years, from Beasts of the Southern Wild to The Kids Are All Right to Winter’s Bone. If Boyhood or Whiplash take the top honor this year, it will mark the first time a Sundance premier has gone on to win Hollywood’s most coveted Best Picture award.
So what should viewers expect to see this year? Well according to Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Festival, this year’s eclectic films have lots to offer genre aficionados—“with everything from futuristic fantasies to paranormal nightmares, it’s an all-out trip to the cinematic edge.”
With over 200 of the best independent films premiering at Sundance, it’s impossible to see everything. To help you out, we’ve scoured the 2015 crop of films and came up with a list of six films that will give you a little taste of everything the festival has to offer.
Here’s a list of Coldwell Banker Utah’s Top Sundance Picks:
- Best Drama: True Story—What do you get when you put James Franco, Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones into one movie? Comedy, one would think. Sorry comedy lovers—while there won’t be much laughter in this film–it is expected to be a hair-raising performance capturing the chilling relationship of an unpopular journalist (Hill) and the FBI’s Most Wanted murderer Christian Longo (Franco).
- Best Scare: Strangerland—Though it might not fit the bill for a typical horror film, Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes are certain to give audiences a scare as they frantically search for their two missing teenagers all the while trying to survive amidst a massive dust storm in a remote town in Australia.
- Best Laugh: Mistress America— Audiences will surely let out more than a few laughs in following the lives of two polar opposite stepsisters as they learn to bring their very different worlds together in the city that never sleeps.
- Best Tunes: Eden—Not only does this film capture the epic rise and fall of a popular French DJ in the 90s, but EDM music from Daft Punk compliments the moving plot in its entirety, making for a musically-charged and vibrant film.
- Best Indie Romance: Z for Zachariah—Earning the top spot in Huffington Post’s picks, this adaptation of Robert O’Brien’s 1974 novel might just be one of the best indie blockbusters period. Yep we said it. Mixing a little comic relief and romance in with an end of the world plot, director Craig Zobel has certainly caught our attention.
- Best Documentary: Being Evel—With 28 titles in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competitions (16 in the U.S. program and 12 in the World section) there are several great docs to choose from, but only one chronicles the life and legend of the famed daredevil Evel Knievel.
Will one of these films become the next Boyhood or Whiplash to go from Sundance premier to Oscar contender? We’ll have to wait until next year to find out. But we think the chances are pretty good for all six.
Let us know what film you’re excited to see in the comments section below!
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