Each year the Sundance Film festival gives movies that we cherish for the rest of the year and for years to come. Movies such as 28 Days Later, Saw, Get Out, and The Blair Witch Project have one thing in common: they all debuted at the Sundance festival.
It has been a tradition at the Sundance Institute to feature movies from prior years that won the acclaim of critics and audiences alike. The year 2021 is no exception. Here is a list of 21 movies that will be featured in the Sundance festival and there is wide anticipation that these could be the talk of the movie industry by the end of this year.
The possibility that one could talk to souls before they are even born. The idea of falling in love with an amusement park ride. The adaptation of Peter Pan. These are the kind of crazy ideas that we look for to talk about when the festival ends. And, hopefully, even by the end of this year to keep the memories alive. The ideas that make movies all-time classics.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
This film is about a man who has discussions with five characters, trying to decide which one of them should be born. These characters are not living people, these are souls that are waiting for their turn in the interview. This sci-fi is the directorial debut of Japanese-Brazilian writer-director Edson Oda. Only one of the five souls will be selected for life, while the rest have only nine days to experience this version of living. This could be a major break-out of the 2021 Sundance festival.
This bizarre sci-fi comedy features a couple from Brooklyn who goes to the woods to unplug from the city life, and their phones, for a while. The oddest thing happens while they are away and unaware. Human civilization is under attack from the aliens. Modern love, gadgets, and millennial culture are the subject of this comic relief from directors Eleanor Wilson and Alex Huston Fischer.
World Cinema Dramatic Competition
Falling in love with a ride at the amusement park. Love, as in, the kind we expect to happen between two humans. The real one. The Tilt-A-Whirl Jeanne falls in love with also has a name. Jumbo-read it for yourself-She goes through the process of self-discovery and passionate love while her mother tries to come to terms with her daughter’s quirky object of love.
She takes over people’s minds and makes them do as she pleases. Assassinations, for example. She soon begins to question her own mind. There are some truly ghastly depictions in this sci-fi horror movie by director Brandon Cronenberg, explained through high-level narratives. Not for the weak-hearted.
Magda brings in Tomaz who is a former soldier, and now a homeless man. She needs money to run her home and take care of her ailing grandmother who cannot move from the top floor. They are getting close when Tomaz starts noticing that the grandmother, in fact, possesses Magda, and is making her do things for herself.
This American horror-comedy is not what it looks like from its name. A woman gets a new weave when she steps into the world of music television. Her hair, however, have a mind of their own.
Refugees come to the house to get a new beginning. Soon, the house starts showing its own plans. Things go wrong, horribly, nightmarishly wrong. You will stay on the edge of your seats in this horror debut by Remi Weekes.
What are you going to do when you sense that there are no children around in a place? A woman discovers that the village where she grew up has no kids in it anymore. Something is wrong and horrifying about this discovery.
She disappears. And then comes back. But as a different person. Relic is the story of dementia that changes the life of a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter forever.
Two novelists meet at a secluded cabin, where they both go to write their novels. They begin to swap their horror stories until the man realizes that the woman is a better writer than him.
The Night House
Rebecca Hall plays a widow who goes to spend time in a vacation home. Her husband had built it before his death. While she is there, she hears noises and sounds that give her a peek into her late husband’s past.
This American drama will have its premiere at the Sundance festival 2021. Sarah receives a gift, after which a series of strange dreams start to disturb her. But soon, those dreams start seeping into her real life, to the extent that she finds it difficult to differentiate between a dream and reality.
This biographical drama film will have its premiere at the Sundance festival this year. Nikola Tesla has to fight a battle of sorts to materialize his electrical system. His fellow inventors are greedy and impatient. This scientific period drama presents some existential questions about industry, greed, and invention.
This film is an adaptation of Peter Pan, as seen through the eyes and mind of Wendy Darling. She and her brothers have a nerve that only pulsates when they go out on an adventure. Really. Ok, no, just metaphorically. One such adventure lands them on Peter’s island.
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An upper-class household in Guatemala has given shelter to a criminal. There is a political uprising in the country. But the people in the house may have something altogether different to deal with. Supernatural beings that are following the criminal.
This Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo, and Michael Caine starrer will take you in Alice’s wonderland, and also tell how Peter became Peter Pan.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
An 11-year old boy who thinks that he is the best detective in town owns a detective company Total Failures. Do you know who is his partner? An imaginary polar pet bear.
Happy Happy, Joy Joy – The Ren and Stimpy Story
The controversial creator of animated series Ren and Stimpy John Kricfalusi faced sexual assault allegations. This feature documentary will not only show the history of his works but will also focus on these accusations.
U.S. Documentary Competition
Bruce Lee’s life and career are discovered in this documentary by using some archival footage and interviews from family and friends.
Feels Good Man
Pepe the Frog was just a chill frog dude in Matt Furie’s indie comic Boy’s Club. How this character became a symbol of hate for the far right was not even in his wildest dreams.
So now don’t forget to watch some of these most anticipated movies at the Sundance Film Festival 2021 because who knows you will be watching soon to become a hit of this year at the grand film festival. Check out how to get your 2021 Sundance tickets here.