The Sundance Rundown: 7 Films We’re Looking Forward to this Year

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From January 23 through February 2, more than 100,000 people are expected to travel from around the world to attend the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Located just 58 miles from the festival, Summit Creek residents and visitors are known to frequent each year, getting the first look at some of the year’s most buzzed-about films. These are some of the feature films we’re most looking forward to seeing. 


1. The 40-Year-Old Version

Written and directed by Radha Blank (of She’s Gotta Have It) and produced by Lena Waithe (of Queen & Slim, The Chi, Dear White People), The 40-Year-Old Version is a comedy about a 40-year-old playwright-turned-rapper. 


2. Dinner in America

Different from the average groupie-following-band drama, this journey across middle America stars Kyle Gallner (of Veronica Mars fame), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future), and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24). 


3. Farewell Amor

A family from Angora is reunited in the US after 17 years, essentially as complete strangers (especially in the case of their teenage daughter). The family reconnects and gets to know each other with the help of dance. 


4. Palm Springs

Starring a plethora of funny talents—including Andy Samberg (SNL, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Cristin Milloti (How I Met Your Mother, Black Mirror), and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Juno)—this wedding dystopian is sure to make waves.


5. Shirley

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men) plays a fictionalized version of the titular character Shirley Jackson (the horror book author known for The Haunting and The Lottery), as she finds inspiration for a new novel. 


6. Crip Camp

Sundance will host the world-premiere of this documentary about a summer camp for disabled teenagers, located just down the street from Woodstock in the early 1970s.


7. The Reason I Jump (United Kingdom)

This UK documentary will also premiere at the festival. Based on the book by Naoki Higashida, the film presents a look into the lives of non-speaking autistic people around the world.


Learn more about the 2020 Sundance Film Festival here.

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