The Sundance Film Festival in Utah will take place starting Thursday this week, Jan. 18, and will last until the end of the month.
Last year's event produced some of the best movies that graced the big screen such as Kumail Nanjiani's The Big Sick, Dee Rees's Mudbound, David Lowrey's A Ghost Story, Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, and Jordan Peele's Get Out. All the aforementioned movies have created buzz, received nominations, and won several awards. This year, over 100 movies are hoping for the same acclaim.
With over 100 movies from 29 countries screening in the span of 10 days, it is impossible to watch every single submission. So here are five movies to look forward to.
'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'
After four years, Desiree Akhavan is back in Utah with a new movie in tow: The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, the coming-of-age story follows a young woman who explores her own homosexuality and, as a result, gets sent into conversion therapy. The movie, set in 1993, was adapted from a novel of the same title written by Emily M. Danforth.
Another book-to-screen adaptation of Juliet, Naked based on a novel by Nick Hornby. Directed by Jesse Peretz, this romantic-comedy stars Rose Byrne as Annie, a woman who is in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd), a man obsessed with his rock idol Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke).
Actor Paul Dano (Swiss Army Man) tries his hand on directing in Wildlife. Based on a 1990 novel, the movie (co-written by Zoe Kazan) tells the story of a boy who witnesses the disintegration of his parents' marriage after they moved to Montana. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan as the Brinsons, a couple who falls out of love.
Keira Knightley is back to doing what she does best: period movies. The 32-year-old stars as the titular character Colette, a French writer known for the novels Chéri and Gigi. Born in 1873, the renowned author survived her abusive marriage and emerge to become one of her country's leading writers. The movie is directed by Wash Westmoreland and also stars Dominic West.
Carlos López Estrada first feature is a buddy comedy written by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Hamilton breakout star Daveed Diggs with Rafael Casal. The story is loosely based on their own experiences growing up in the Bay Area. The movie follows Diggs' character during his last five days on probation. Thanks to the people surrounding him, staying out of trouble becomes a challenge.