Sundance Movie Festival is considered as one of America’s biggest annual film festival that provides a platform to more than 2000 new volunteers each year. Held at Park City, Utah it is recognized by more than 1300 press officials and 120,000 people as a visiting audience. Sundance Institute also manifests worldwide public programmes while its funding are proceeded to support individualistic artists.
With a recent announcement on December 4, all categories chosen for the Sundance Film Festival 2021 were finally revealed. Spotlight – an accolade to the cinema industry – being one of those prestigious categories, focuses on the most loved movies that were played worldwide on cinema the previous year.
Films like The Death of Stalin, The Biggest Little Farm, The Lobster, The Rider and Ida were featured in the Spotlight category in the past recent years.
This year’s Sundance schedule for the Spotlight category includes:
And Then We Danced
Country: Sweden, Georgia, France
Director and screenwriter: Levan Akin
Storyline: Modern Merab, an ambitious dancer, trapped in a conservative era finds herself in competition with Irakli. Irakli, the new male comer is now her new challenge for a dance off.
Cast: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakhishvilli, Kakha Gogidze, Anano Makharadze.
Country: United States of America
Director and screenwriter: Kitty Green
Storyline: The story revolves around an insight in Jane’s life – a highly influential film executive’s assistant.
Cast: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Jon Orsini, Noah Robbins.
Country: United States of America
Director: Michael Angelo Covino, Screenwriters: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin
Producers: Noah Lang, Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin)
Storyline: A story of years long friendship between Kyle and Mike – two best friends – until a tumultuous event hits them. A turn of events that converts their close bond into agony when Mike ends up sleeping with Kylie’s fiance.
Cast: Kyle Marvin, Michael Angelo Covino, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt, Judith Godrèche.
Country: Romania, Luxembourg
Director: Alexander Nanau
StoryLine: The cost of truth and corruption of Romania’s health care system is unveiled via a fraud scam is unmasked by investigative journalists.
Director: Pablo Larraín
Storyline: Ema, a gracious dancer, starts a new expedition for her freedom as her life changes when she ends up marrying a violent choreographer, alongside a frightful family incident. A fiery story of an advanced family, eagerness and creativity.
Cast: Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Santiago Cabrera.
Country: Guatemala, France
Director: Jayro Bustamante
Storyline: Former general Enrique, who witnessed the catastrophic Maya genocide is still terrified from its effects. A tale of frightening speculation of political crimes of Latin America with regards to Guatemalan’s horrifying history.
Cast: María Mercedes Coroy, Margarita Kénefic, Sabrina De La Hoz, Julio Diaz.
The Perfect Candidate
Country: Germany, Saudi Arabia
Director: Haifaa Al Mansour
Storyline: A bent on Saudi female doctor, who opts to run for local elections held in the city. The film depicts the struggles of affirmation by her family and community in having their first female candidate as a political elective.
Cast: Mila Alzahrani, Dhay, Khalid Abdulrahim, Shafi Al Harthy.