SUNDANCE LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

BATD ON Apr 25, 2014 AT 4:00 pm

by Valirie Morgan

Sundance London 2014.

Sundance London 2014.

The lineup for the third annual Sundance London film and music festival was announced today, with screenings of 21 feature films and 18 short films as well as panel discussions and musical performances on the agenda. We’ve got the scoop on the most exciting and critically acclaimed films to look out for during the festival, right here on Beauty And The Dirt!

As well as showcasing new cinematic creations, the festival will include screenings of cult classics such as Reservoir Dogs, Memento and Winter’s Bone.

Reservoir Dogs.

Reservoir Dogs.

Filmmakers Ryan Coogler, David Cross, Rose McGowan and Marjane Satrapi are expected to attend the festival, which takes place on 25-27 April at The O2 in London. This year’s programme, which was curated by the Sundance Institute in Park City, Utah, continues the focus from previous years on presenting and showcasing new work from independent filmmakers.

“That audiences in London have responded so positively to the films presented at the first two Sundance London festivals speaks to the power and universality of the stories told by our artists as well as the audience’s openness to exploring new ideas,” said Sundance Institute founder and president Robert Redford.

Sundance London has seen great success since its inception in 2012, and this year is sure to be the biggest yet. Take a look at some of the highlights from the 2014 festival schedule and make sure to buy your tickets when they go on sale this Friday.

Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin - A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving to be an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. (Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, Kevin Kolack. Director & screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier)

Finding Fela

Finding Fela

Finding Fela - Fela Anikulapo Kuti created the musical movement Afrobeat and used it as a political forum to oppose the Nigerian dictatorship and advocate for the rights of oppressed people. This is the story of his life, music, and political importance, from the award-winning director of Taxi to the Dark Side and We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. In conjunction with the film, the festival will host a free performance from Dele Sosimi, one of the original members of Fela Kuti’s band, alongside an Afrobeat orchestra on Sunday, 27 April. (Documentary; European Premiere)

Of God And Dogs

Of God And Dogs

Of God and Dogs - A young, free Syrian soldier confesses to killing a man he knew was innocent. He promises to take vengeance on the God who led him to commit the murder. Winner of the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. (European Premiere. Director: Abounaddara Collective)

Frank

Frank

Frank - Frank is an offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant garde rock band led by the enigmatic Frank—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head. (UK Premiere. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy. Director: Lenny Abrahamson, Screenwriters: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan.)

They Came Together

They Came Together

They Came Together - This subversion/spoof/deconstruction of the romantic comedy genre has a vaguely, but not overtly, Jewish leading man, a klutzy, but adorable, leading lady, and New York City itself as another character in the story. They Came Together reunites director Wain with many of the stars from his 2001 cult teen classic, Wet Hot American Summer. (International Premiere. Director: David Wain, Screenwriters: Michael Showalter, David Wain. Cast: Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, Christopher Meloni)

Hits

Hits

Hits - A small town in upstate New York is populated by people who wallow in unrealistic expectations. There, fame, delusion, earnestness and recklessness meet, shake hands and disrupt the lives around them. Hits is the directorial debut of writer, comedian and actor David Cross, best known for his work on Arrested Development. (International Premiere. Cast: Michael Cera, Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Ritter. Director & screenwriter: David Cross)

The Voices

The Voices

The Voices - This genre-bending tale centers around Jerry Hickfang, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation. (International Premiere. Director: Marjane Satrapi, Screenwriter: Michael R. Perry. Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver)

Little Accidents

Little Accidents

Little Accidents - In a small American coal town living in the shadow of a recent mining accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws three people together—a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy—in a web of secrets. (International Premiere. Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, Josh Lucas. Director & screenwriter: Sara Colangelo)

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