Sundance Film Festival Announces 2023 Lineup, Including Michael J. Fox Documentary

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The Sundance Film Festival is again.

On Wednesday, the Sundance Institute introduced its roster of feature-length movies chosen to display screen on the competition in Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Resort in Utah. (Last yr’s competition was virtual-only because of the pandemic.)

The 2023 competition consists of 101 characteristic movies from 23 completely different nations, and 32 of the 115 movie administrators whose work will display screen on the competition are first-time characteristic filmmakers, in line with a press launch.

“Maintaining an essential place for artists to express themselves, take risks, and for visionary stories to endure and entertain is distinctly Sundance,” Robert Redford, Sundance Institute Founder and President, stated in an announcement. “The Festival continues to foster these values and connections through independent storytelling. We are honored to share the compelling selection of work at this year’s Festival from distinct perspectives and unique voices.”

“The program for this year’s Festival reiterates the relevancy of trailblazing work serving as an irreplaceable source for original stories that resonate and fuel creativity and dialogue,” Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming Kim Yutani stated in an announcement. “In so many ways this year’s slate reflects the voices of communities around the world who are speaking out with urgency and finally being heard.”

“Across our program, impactful storytelling by fearless artists continues to provide space for the community to come together to be entertained, challenged and inspired,” Yutani added.

One notable film scheduled to display screen on the competition consists of the world premiere of Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie. The documentary tells “the improbable tale” of Back to the Future actor Michael J. Fox, “who became the darling of 1980s Hollywood — only to find the course of his life altered by a stunning diagnosis,” in line with an official logline.

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2023 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

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The competition may even embrace the premiere of Magazine Dreams, from writer-director Elijah Bynum and stars Jonathan Majors, Haley Bennett, and Taylour Paige.

“An amateur bodybuilder struggles to find human connection as his relentless drive for recognition pushes him to the brink,” reads a logline for Magazine Dreams.

Also scheduled to premiere on the competition’s first day is director-producer Lisa Cortés’ Little Richard: I Am Everything, a documentary centered on the late Little Richard that guarantees to make clear “the Black queer origins of rock ‘n’ roll, finally exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music” by way of archival and efficiency footage.

Sometimes I Think About Dying, which stars Daisy Ridley and options The White LotusBrittany O’Grady, is scheduled to premiere on the primary day of the competition.

“Fran likes to think about dying. It brings sensation to her quiet life,” reads a synopsis for the film, directed by Rachel Lambert. “When she makes the new guy at work laugh, it leads to more: a date, a slice of pie, a conversation, a spark. The only thing standing in their way is Fran herself.”

2023 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

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Ben Platt and fiancé Noah Galvin‘s upcoming film Theater Camp — in regards to the “eccentric staff” of “a run-down theater camp in upstate New York” because it tries to maintain the camp operating when its founder falls right into a coma with the assistance of the founder’s son — may even display screen at Sundance. The movie additionally stars Jimmy Tatro, Patti Harrison and Ayo Edebiri.

Writer-director Brandon Cronenberg’s Infinity Pool, starring Alexander Skarsgard and Mia Goth, follows a pair on an “all-inclusive beach vacation when a fatal accident exposes the resort’s perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism, reckless violence and surreal horrors,” in line with a synopsis.

Drift, starring Cynthia Erivo and Alia Shawkat and directed by Anthony Chen, follows a younger refugee named Jacqueline who “begins a friendship with a rootless tour guide” after arriving “penniless on a Greek island where she tries to survive.”

The remainder of the lineup may be discovered right here. The 2023 Sundance Film Festival will run from Jan. 19 to Jan. 29.