Indie film enthusiasts and members of Hollywood’s elite flock to Park City, Utah each year to celebrate the work of independent filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival. This year’s festival ran from Jan. 21-31 and boasted a variety of films ranging from inspirational and austere dramas to spirited and heartrending comedies. Be sure to check out these five films that are definitely worth the watch!
Greta Gerwig plays Maggie, a fastidious single girl who falls head over heels for neglected married man, John Harding (Ethan Hawke). John swiftly leaves his wife, Georgette (Julianne Moore), but after several years, the tables turn and Maggie finds herself in the unwanted role of derelict wife and mother. It’s then that Maggie devises an absurd plan to reunite John with his ex-wife.
Ellen Page plays the title character in this dramedy about a free-spirit who knowingly kidnaps the baby of an affluent trophy wife. With nowhere else to turn, Tallulah shows up on the doorstep of her ex-boyfriend’s mother (Allison Janney), and the two bond over caring for the baby while a massive manhunt is underway on the New York City streets below.
David (Jesse Plemons) is a struggling TV writer who returns home to Sacramento to look after his cancer-stricken mother, Joanne (Molly Shannon). This dark comedy poignantly chronicles Joanne’s final days and comically illustrates how she and her family get through them with distressed laughs and a few heartbroken tears.
Morris From America
Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas) is a teenager forced to move from Virginia to Germany when his father, Curtis (Craig Robinson), lands a new job as the coach of a local soccer team. Morris must adapt to his new, sometimes discriminatory, surroundings all while experiencing the normal teen angst and fledgling emotions that come with growing up.
This biopic tackles the real life tragedy of Florida television news reporter, Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall). The film recounts the tormented life of Chubbuck and provides viewers with a behind the scenes look at the mishandled depression that drove a young woman with a promising career to commit suicide on the air in 1974. With Michael C. Hall playing the part of George, Christine’s unrequited love interest, the film is a profound character study of a lost woman with deep psychological issues.