Sundance Interest List 2017

by Col Needham | last updated - 4 days ago

I am the Founder & CEO of IMDb. This is a list of the movies which I am hoping to see at Sundance in 2017 (in alphabetical order after one of the opening night films). Titles are moved over to my Sundance Film Festival 2017 ( list as I watch them.

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1. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

93 min | Crime, Thriller | Completed

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When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.

Director: Macon Blair | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, Jane Levy

2. Bad Day for the Cut (2017)

99 min | Thriller | Completed

A middle-aged Irish farmer, who still lives at home with his mother, sets off on a mission of revenge when the old lady is murdered.

Director: Chris Baugh | Stars: Nigel O'Neill, Susan Lynch, Józef Pawlowski, Stuart Graham

3. Band Aid (2017)

91 min | Comedy | Post-production

A couple who can't stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.

Director: Zoe Lister-Jones | Stars: Erinn Hayes, Brooklyn Decker, Zoe Lister-Jones, Colin Hanks

4. Beach Rats (2017)

95 min

An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a... See full summary »

Director: Eliza Hittman | Stars: Harris Dickinson, Kate Hodge, Erik Potempa, Madeline Weinstein

5. Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

79 min | Comedy | Completed

A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down.

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloë Sevigny, Connie Britton

6. Before I Fall (2017)

99 min | Drama, Mystery | Completed

February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's in danger of losing.

Director: Ry Russo-Young | Stars: Zoey Deutch, Elena Kampouris, Jennifer Beals, Halston Sage

7. Berlin Syndrome (2017)

116 min | Thriller | Post-production

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Lucie Aron

8. The Big Sick (2017)

119 min | Comedy, Romance | Completed

A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.

Director: Michael Showalter | Stars: Matty Cardarople, Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano

9. Bitch (2017)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, Family | Post-production

The provocative tale of a woman (Marianna Palka) who snaps under crushing life pressures and assumes the psyche of a vicious dog. Her philandering, absentee husband (Jason Ritter) is forced... See full summary »

Director: Marianna Palka | Stars: Jaime King, Jason Ritter, Brighton Sharbino, Eric Edelstein

10. Brigsby Bear (2017)

100 min | Comedy | Post-production

Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story ... See full summary »

Director: Dave McCary | Stars: Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, Andy Samberg, Greg Kinnear

11. Burning Sands (2017)

96 min | Drama | Post-production

Deep into Hell Week, a favored pledgee is torn between honoring his code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing.

Director: Gerard McMurray | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Trevante Rhodes, Octavius J. Johnson, Imani Hakim

12. Bushwick (2017)

94 min | Action, Adventure | Post-production

When a Texas military force invades their Brooklyn neighborhood, 20-year-old Lucy and war veteran Stupe must depend on each other to survive.

Directors: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion | Stars: Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow, Arturo Castro, Christian Navarro

13. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

130 min | Drama, Romance | Completed

A romance between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

14. Crown Heights (2017)

94 min | Drama | Post-production

When Colin Warner was wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devoted his life to proving his innocence.

Director: Matt Ruskin | Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Nestor Carbonell, Brian Tyree Henry, Bill Camp

15. Dayveon (2017)


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In the wake of his older brother's death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming his rural Arkansas town. When he falls in with a local gang, he becomes drawn to the camaraderie and violence of their world.

Director: Amman Abbasi | Stars: Devin Blackmon, Lachion Buckingham, Dontrell Bright, Kordell Johnson

16. The Discovery (2017)

110 min | Romance, Sci-Fi | Completed

A love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.

Director: Charlie McDowell | Stars: Jesse Plemons, Rooney Mara, Riley Keough, Jason Segel

17. Untitled Buena Vista Social Club Documentary (2017)

110 min | Documentary | Post-production

Revisit with the remaining original members of the Buena Vista Social Club and explore their contribution to the unknown history of Cuba.

Director: Lucy Walker

18. Fun Mom Dinner (2017)

89 min | Comedy | Completed

Four moms whose only common ground is their kids' preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless "fun mom dinner."

Director: Alethea Jones | Stars: Toni Collette, Adam Scott, Katie Aselton, Jaz Sinclair

19. A Ghost Story (2017)

87 min | Drama | Completed

This is the story of a ghost and the house he haunts.

Director: David Lowery | Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Brea Grant, Will Oldham

20. Golden Exits (2017)

94 min | Drama | Completed

An intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides.

Director: Alex Ross Perry | Stars: Emily Browning, Analeigh Tipton, Chloë Sevigny, Mary-Louise Parker

21. God's Own Country (2017)

104 min | Drama, Romance | Completed

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

Director: Francis Lee | Stars: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart

22. The Hero (2017)

93 min | Drama | Completed

An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality.

Director: Brett Haley | Stars: Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, Sam Elliott

23. The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

85 min | Comedy | Post-production

An aspiring playwright in New York strikes up a friendship with a guy while on the rebound from a break-up.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Noël Wells, Megan Ketch, Jessica Williams

24. Ingrid Goes West (2017)

97 min | Comedy, Drama | Post-production

Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza), a mentally disturbed young woman, becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane (Olsen), a social media star who appears to have the perfect life. But when Ingrid decides to ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Spicer | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Aubrey Plaza, Wyatt Russell, O'Shea Jackson Jr.

25. Killing Ground (2016)

88 min | Thriller

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A couples camping trip turns into a frightening ordeal when they stumble across the scene of a horrific crime.

Director: Damien Power | Stars: Harriet Dyer, Aaron Pedersen, Stephen Hunter, Tiarnie Coupland

Votes: 26

26. L.A. Times (2017)

97 min | Comedy | Post-production

In this classically styled comedy of manners set in Los Angeles, sophisticated thirtysomethings try to determine whether ideal happiness exists in coupledom or if the perfectly suited couple is actually just an urban myth.

Director: Michelle Morgan | Stars: Michelle Morgan, Jorma Taccone, Dree Hemingway, Kentucker Audley

27. Landline (2017)

93 min | Comedy | Completed

A teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan during the 1990's discovers that her father is having an affair.

Director: Gillian Robespierre | Stars: Jenny Slate, Finn Wittrock, John Turturro, Edie Falco

28. The Last Word (2017)

R | 108 min | Comedy | Completed

Harriett is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Thomas Sadoski

29. Lemon (2017)

90 min | Comedy, Drama | Completed

A man watches his life unravel after he is left by his blind girlfriend.

Director: Janicza Bravo | Stars: Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Nia Long

30. The Little Hours (2017)

90 min | Comedy | Completed

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A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the middle ages.

Director: Jeff Baena | Stars: Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza

31. Manifesto (III) (2015)

130 min | Drama

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Cate Blanchett performs manifestos as a series of striking monologues.

Director: Julian Rosefeldt | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Erika Bauer, Carl Dietrich, Marie Borkowski Foedrowitz

Votes: 156

32. Marjorie Prime (2017)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | Post-production

A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones and allows a man (Robbins) to come face-to-face with the younger version of his late father-in-law (Hamm).

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, Lois Smith

33. Mudbound (2017)

120 min | Drama | Post-production

Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jonathan Banks

34. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

70 min | Animation, Family

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Courgette (Zucchini) is an intriguing nickname for a 9-year-old boy. Although his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother's disappearance, Courgette is befriended by a ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Barras | Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz

Votes: 922

35. The Nile Hilton Incident (2017)

106 min | Thriller | Post-production

Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian Revolution, the thriller features a police officer who investigates the murder of a woman. What initially seems to be a killing of a prostitute ... See full summary »

Director: Tarik Saleh | Stars: Fares Fares, Ger Duany, Slimane Dazi, Mohamed Yousry

36. Novitiate (2017)

123 min | Drama | Completed

Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality.

Director: Margaret Betts | Stars: Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor, Margaret Qualley, Denis O'Hare

37. Patti Cake$ (2017)

108 min

Straight out of Jersey comes Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory.

Director: Geremy Jasper | Stars: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie

38. Person to Person (2017)

84 min | Drama | Completed

Follows a variety of New York characters as they navigate personal relationships and unexpected problems over the course of one day.

Director: Dustin Guy Defa | Stars: Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Philip Baker Hall, Michaela Watkins

39. The Polka King (2017)

95 min | Comedy | Post-production

Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.

Directors: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky | Stars: Jenny Slate, Jack Black, Jason Schwartzman, Willie Garson

40. Rebel in the Rye (2017)

106 min | Biography, Drama | Completed

The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

Director: Danny Strong | Stars: Zoey Deutch, Sarah Paulson, Nicholas Hoult, Lucy Boynton

41. Red Dog: True Blue (2016)

88 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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An iconic Australian story of family, friendship and adventure, between a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that would grow up to become an Australian legend.

Director: Kriv Stenders | Stars: Jason Isaacs, Levi Miller, Bryan Brown, Hanna Mangan Lawrence

Votes: 167

42. Rememory (2017)

113 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | Post-production

The widow of a wise professor stumbles upon one of his inventions that's able to record and play a person's memory.

Director: Mark Palansky | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Henry Ian Cusick

43. Roxanne Roxanne (2017)

100 min | Drama | Completed

In the early 1980s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At the age of 14, Lolita "Roxanne Shanté" Gooden ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Larnell | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Nia Long, Elvis Nolasco, Curtiss Cook

44. 78/52 (2017)

91 min | Documentary | Post-production

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Director: Alexandre O. Philippe | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood, Guillermo del Toro, Danny Elfman

45. Sidney Hall (2017)

117 min | Drama | Completed

Sidney Hall finds accidental success and unexpected love at an early age, then disappears without a trace.

Director: Shawn Christensen | Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Elle Fanning, Janina Gavankar, Logan Lerman

46. Thoroughbred (2017)

90 min | Drama, Thriller | Completed

Two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be, and that a murder might solve both of their problems.

Director: Cory Finley | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Olivia Cooke, Paul Sparks

47. To the Bone (2017)

107 min | Comedy, Drama | Post-production

A young woman is dealing with anorexia. She meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.

Director: Marti Noxon | Stars: Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Alanna Ubach, Liana Liberato

48. Walking Out (2017)

95 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery | Post-production

An urban teenager journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father. Father and son struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything.

Directors: Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith | Stars: Matt Bomer, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Chaske Spencer

49. Where Is Kyra? (2017)

98 min | Drama | Post-production

In Brooklyn, New York, Kyra (Pfeiffer) loses her job and struggles to survive on her ailing mother's income. As the weeks and months go on, her problems worsen. This leads her on a risky and enigmatic path that threatens her life.

Director: Andrew Dosunmu | Stars: Babs Olusanmokun, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kiefer Sutherland, Suzanne Shepherd

50. Wilson (2017)

R | 94 min | Comedy | Completed

A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.

Director: Craig Johnson | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Laura Dern, Margo Martindale

51. Wind River (2017)

R | 110 min | Thriller | Completed

An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.

Director: Taylor Sheridan | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Martin Sensmeier, Jon Bernthal

52. XX (2017)

80 min | Horror | Completed

An all female horror anthology featuring new work from Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin and Jovanka Vuckovic.

Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, Sofìa Carrillo, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Sheila Vand, Natalie Brown, Angela Trimbur

53. The Yellow Birds (2017)

110 min | Drama, War | Completed

Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.

Director: Alexandre Moors | Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston, Jack Huston, Toni Collette

54. Newness (2017)

112 min | Drama | Post-production

In contemporary Los Angeles, two millennials navigating a social media-driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries.

Director: Drake Doremus | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Courtney Eaton, Matthew Gray Gubler, Pom Klementieff