Sundance Institute Announces Titles for 2018 Film Fest

The slate includes new films from Gus Van Sant, Desiree Akhavan, The Coup's Boots Riley, and many, many more.

The Sundance Film Festival announced its first wave of programming late Wednesday afternoon, a smorgasboard of the independent films you’ll likely hear a whole lot about next year.

The announcement included feature films in ten categories: U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, Next, Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, and Kids.

Among the highlights:

  • BLAZE, “a reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement,” from director and co-wirter Ethan Hawke.
  • Lizzie, a dramatization of the notorious Lizzie Borden murders, starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart.
  • An adaptation of the coming-of-age novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post, from Appropriate Behavior writer/director/star Desiree Akhavan.
  • An adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel Juliet, Naked, starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O’Dowd, from director Jesse Peretz and producer Judd Apatow.
  • Ophelia, “a mythic spin on Hamlet through a lens of female empowerment” starring Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, and Clive Owen.
  • Sorry to Bother You, a “dystopian not-too-distant future” effort from The Coup’s Boots Riley, starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Armie Hammer.
  • The 2009 housing crisis dark comedy Arizona, starring Danny McBride, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Kaitlin Olson.
  • The family comedy Clara’s Ghost, written and directed by Bridey Elliott and starring her own family (including father Chris and sister Abby).
  • Futile and Stupid Gesture, a biopic of National Lampoon, Animal House, and Caddyshack writer Doug Kenney, starring Will Forte, Joel McHale, and Emmy Rossum.
  • Damsel, the latest from Kukimo the Treasure Hunter directors David and Nathan Zellner, starring Robert Pattinson.
  • A new Gus Van Sant film, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black.
  • Night Comes On, starring The Deuce breakout Dominique Fishback.
  • Jon Hamm in Beiruit, from screenwriter Tony Gilroy and director Brad Anderson.
  • And bio-documentaries on Joan Jett, Jane Fonda, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hal Ashby, Fred Rogers, and Robin Williams.

Believe it or not, that’s just the tip of the iceberg – check out the full Sundance slate at their website. The festival runs January 18-28, 2018.