5 Sundance Premieres to Add to Your 2017 Watch List
Tomorrow marks the start of a ten-day long retreat by the indie film world’s best and brightest to the probably snow-covered streets of Park City, Utah. It’s time for Sundance 2K17, and if last year’s breakout stars say anything about this year’s hopefuls (think Manchester by the Sea, for starters), we’re in for a treat.
We’ll be not-so-patiently awaiting the day that we can see these flicks for ourselves, but until that time, peep our wish list of must-watch films, premiering exclusively at Sundance Film Festival from Jan 19-29.
It’s no secret that an appearance by indie darling (and Olsen twins big sis) Elizabeth Olsen instantly catapults any film to the spotlight, but Winter River requires less of a boast than you might think; rugged, vibrant, and focused, this tale of human morality versus nature at its harshest (set on a wintery Wyoming Indian Reservation) can hold its own, star power aside. Sidney Hall
Elle Fanning stands alongside Logan Lerman (who plays the movie’s namesake) for a heart-wrenching (and, at times, totally dystopian) picture of the downsides of viral fame. An appropriately-timed warning of what happens when societal pressures twist a life filled with promise to the dark side, Sidney Hall is an obvious must-watch.Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time
Even Sundance isn’t exempt from the political black hole that was election season 2K16. Enter Trumped: a documentary chronicling that long AF period of shock/despair with never-before-seen BTS footage and analysis. If you’re still harboring questions as to why, and how, it all went down, add this documentary to your list. We can’t guarantee appeasement, but it’s sure to be an educational watch nonetheless. The Polka King
A kitschy biopic of Polish-shop-owner-turned-“King of Pennsylvania Polk” Jan Lewan (Jack Black), The Polka King appears to be at once hilarious, tragic, and too charismatic to pass up. It follows, then, that we would be remiss not to include it in our must-watch list of 2K17. The King lives on! Rebel in the Rye
Rebel in the Rye follows literary icon J.D. Salinger from promising career beginnings, to the battlefields of World War II, and back across the pond, where he pens his most famous work, The Catcher in the Rye. As Danny Strong’s (of Empire fame) feature directing debut, Rebel in the Rye seems poised to stun; here’s hoping there’s more where this one came from. Images via Sundance Institute
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