Sundance, one of the most popular indie film festivals in the world, has this year again chosen to screen its films virtually. Out of the many movies set to premiere at this year’s festival we have selected 8 that are absolute must-watch.
The following list of films is a suggestion of what to watch rather than a strict checklist, as this year’s Sundance Film Festival has a large number of good movies. From first-time filmmakers to recurring fan-favorites, documentaries, and more, the annual indie festival has as much to offer as ever. IndieWire explains briefly how to get tickets to the virtual indie heaven, it is definitely worth checking out.
Am I OK? is a film written by former Saturday Night Live and The Ellen Show writer Lauren Pomerantz, starring Dakota Johnson and Sonoya Mizuno, about a woman rediscovering her sexuality in her thirties and how it changes her friendship dynamics and her life.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy makes her feature directorial debut with Call Jane. Based on a real story from the 1960s about an underground abortion network. Actress Elizabeth Banks tries to cope with a problematic health system when she has a problematic pregnancy.
After the success of Shithouse, young writer and director Cooper Raiff comes back to champion indie movies with Cha Cha Real Smooth. The film follows a bar mitzvah party starter who becomes friends with a young mother and her autistic daughter.
The Cow Who Sang Into the Future by Chilean filmmaker Francisca Alegria is about a woman traveling back to her father’s dairy farm with her two daughters after he had a heart attack. She starts to see her mother’s ghost who had committed suicide that heavily affected her family.
Descendant is the documentary about the last slave ship to illegally deliver slaves to the US in 1860, nearly 40 years after slavery had been abolished. The documentary seeks to show how the past, defines the present that defines the future.
Emily the Criminal by first-time filmmaker John Patton Ford will be starring Aubrey Plaza. It’s a crime thriller in which a young woman is pulled into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles as she tries to escape crippling debt.
Spanish director Carlota Pereda comes back to the festival with Piggy. Actress Laura Galan is an overweight teenager bullied by local girls until a serial killer introduces some chaos to the small town. Piggy is a very intense coming-of-age story with elements of horror and gore.
We Need To Talk About Cosby is a four-episode docuseries about the rise and fall of comedian and sex criminal Bill Cosby. Host of CNN’s United Shades of America comedian W. Kamau Bell brings this deeply researched biographic documentary with interviews that vary from his victims to his former coworkers who thought they knew him.