Awwwww yeah. I feel like I start every post heralding the first wave of Sundance Film Festival entries that way, but dammit this shit gets me excited. And tonight we're just beginning to find out what flicks will be appearing in the cold climes of Park City in the U.S. Dramatic, World Dramatic, U.S. Documentary, World Documentary and NEXT categories.
The NEXT lineup, which boasts alternative films that don't quite fit the competition mold, comes out of the gate swinging with A Ghost Story, that secret film reuniting David Lowery with Ain't Them Bodies Saints stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. We just learned about it last week and already here it is. Anton Yelchin's final movie, Thoroughbred, also will rollout at the festival. And it looks like Michael Cera is looking to dominate Sundance again with a pair of flicks, the first being Lemon which sees him co-starring with Judy Greer and Nia Long. The other is Person to Person featuring Cera and Broad City's Abbi Jacobson.
Over in the U.S. Dramatic field is where the bulk of your major 2017 movies will likely emerge. On my list are rap battle drama Roxanne Roxanne starring Nia Long and the suddenly-ubiquitous Mahershala Ali. Ingrid Goes West stars Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza, making it a top priority. Alex Ross Perry returns with Golden Exits starring Emily Browning; Alexandre Moors, who hit Sundance with Blue Caprice a few years ago, returns with The Yellow Birds starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette. Wow. A good thing to do is simply run a search for "Melanie Lynskey" and pencil in whatever movie she has, so I'll be rushing off to see her in I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The film marks the directorial debut of Macon Blair (Blue Ruin, Green Room), and stars Lynskey, Elijah Wood, and Jane Levy. And finally, another that is high on my list is Landline, which reunites Obvious Child duo of director Gillian Robespierre and star Jenny Slate. Whoop!
The full announced slate is below, including World Dramatic, U.S. and World Documentaries. The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19th-29th.