In 2021, Festivalul de Film Sundance va fi un eveniment virtual, avand loc in mare parte pe o platforma online, dar si in cateva locatii satelit de-a lungul Americii. Au fost selectate 72 filme reprezentand 29 de tari si 38 de cineasti debutanti. 50% din cele 140 de filme si proiecte in cadrul programului sunt regizate de femei, 51% de o persoana de culoare si 15% de o persoana din comunitatea LGBTQ+.

Our process is a collective process. All the programmers are in the room discussing all of these films to make a program. There are certain things in consideration and having a program that reflect the world as much as we can, who we are and how we live is important to us. This is one of the things that we discussed, but we do not program to quotas. (…) This festival is a singular response to a singular year — both in design and curation — and we are excited about the new dimensions of possibility it will reveal. But at its core is something that speaks to our most enduring values,” said Jackson in her own statement. “For thousands of years humans have gathered to tell stories and make meaning. In this pandemic year we gather to celebrate a constellation of artists with unique perspectives that express this current moment and who together are saying ‘We exist. This is who we are. And this is what we see.” a declarat Tabitha Jackson, Directorul festivalului, celor de la IndieWire.

Togetherness has been an animating principle here at the Sundance Institute as we’ve worked to reimagine the festival for 2021, because there is no Sundance without our community. Under Tabitha’s leadership, we’ve forged a new collective vision: one that honors the spirit and tradition of these invigorating yearly gatherings in Utah, while making room for imaginative new possibilities in a new online format,” a adaugat Fondatorul si Presedintele Institutului Sundance, Robert Redford.

“This festival is a singular response to a singular year — both in design and curation — and we are excited about the new dimensions of possibility it will reveal. But at its core is something that speaks to our most enduring values,” said Jackson in her own statement. “For thousands of years humans have gathered to tell stories and make meaning. In this pandemic year we gather to celebrate a constellation of artists with unique perspectives that express this current moment and who together are saying ‘We exist. This is who we are. And this is what we see.”

Festivalul de Film Sundance va avea loc intre 28 ianuarie si 3 februarie 2021.

 

Competitia de Lungmetraje Americane,
care cuprinde 10 filme independente:

CODA/ S.U.A. (Regizor si scenarist: Siân Heder, Producatori: Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger) — Ruby este un copil al unor parinti surzi (CODA – Child of Deaf Adults) care, atunci cand afacerea de familie se afla in pericol, este prinsa intre iubirea sa pentru muzica si teama de a-si abandona parintii. Distributie: Emilia Jones, Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant, Marlee Matlin. Premiera mondiala. (Filmul din prima zi)

I Was a Simple Man/ S.U.A. (Regizor si scenarist: Christopher Makoto Yogi, Producatori: Sarah S. Kim, Christopher Makoto Yogi, Matthew Petock, Yamato Cibulka) — O familie din Hawai’i se confrunta cu moartea celui mai in varsta membru al acesteia, iar fantomele trecutului bantuie regiunea rurala. Distributie: Steve Iwamoto, Constance Wu, Kanoa Goo, Chanel Akiko Hirai, Tim Chiou, Boonyanudh Jiyarom. Premiera mondiala

Jockey/ S.U.A. (Regizor: Clint Bentley, Scenaristi: Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar, Producatori: Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar, Nancy Schafer) — Un jocheu in varsta este hotarat sa castige ultimul sau campionat, dar visul sau se complica dupa aparitia unui incepator care sustine ca este fiul acestuia. Distributie: Clifton Collins Jr., Molly Parker, Moises Arias. Premiera mondiala

John and the Hole/ S.U.A. (Regizor: Pascual Sisto, Scenarist: Nicolás Giacobone, Producatori: Elika Portnoy, Alex Orlovsky, Mike Bowes) — O poveste despre maturizare deloc traditionala, plasata in realitatea tulburatoare a lui John, un copil care isi tine familia captiva intr-o groapa din pamant. Distributie: Charlie Shotwell, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Ehle, Taissa Farmiga. Premiera mondiala

Mayday/ S.U.A. (Regizor si scenarist: Karen Cinorre, Producatori: Jonah Disend, Lucas Joaquin, Karen Cinorre, Sam Levy) — Ana este transportata intr-un tinut aspru si plin de pericole, pentru a intra intr-o echipa de femei soldat aflata intr-un razboi nesfarsit. Desi isi gaseste puterea de care are nevoie in aceasta lume palpitanta, Ana isi da seama ca nu este ucigasa de care are nevoie echipa. Distributie: Grace Van Patten, Mia Goth, Havana Rose Liu, Soko, Théodore Pellerin, Juliette Lewis. Premiera mondiala

On the Count of Three/ S.U.A. (Regizor: Jerrod Carmichael, Scenaristi: Ari Katcher, Ryan Welch, Producatori: David Carrico, Adam Paulsen, Tom Werner, Jake Densen, Ari Katcher, Jimmy Price) — Doua arme. Doi prieteni cei mai buni. Si un pact de a se sinucide la finalul zilei. Distributie: Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, J.B. Smoove, Lavell Crawford, Henry Winkler. Premiera mondiala

Passing/ S.U.A. (Regizor si scenarist: Rebecca Hall, Producatori: Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Margot Hand, Rebecca Hall) — Doua femei Afro-Americane care pot trece drept Caucaziene aleg sa traiasca in moduri complet diferite, in New York-ul anului 1929, in aceasta explorare a identitatii de gen si rasiale, a obsesiei si reprimarii. Bazata pe cartea scrisa de Nella Larsen. Distributie: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Camp. Premiera mondiala

Superior/ S.U.A. (Regizor: Erin Vassilopoulos, Scenaristi: Erin Vassilopoulos, Alessandra Mesa, Producatori: Benjamin Cohen, Grant Curatola, Patrick Donovan) — Fugara Marian se intoarce in orasul natal din upstate New York pentru a se ascunde la sora ei geamana (identica), Vivian. Incercand cu disperare sa lase trecutul in urma ei, Marian o minte pe Vivian in legatura cu motivul intoarcerii acasa, pana in momentul in care cele doua lumi intra in coliziune. Distributie: Alessandra Mesa, Ani Mesa, Pico Alexander, Jake Hoffman, Stanley Simons. Premiera mondiala

Together Together/ S.U.A. (Regizor si scenarist: Nikole Beckwith, Producatori: Anthony Brandonisio, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Tim Headington) — Dupa ce Anna este angajata ca mama-suorgat a lui Matt, un barbat de 40 si ceva de ani singur, doi straini isi dau repede seama ca aceasta relatie neasteptata le va schimba perceptiile despre limite si caracteristicile iubirii. Distributie: Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Tig Notaro, Julio Torres, Anna Konkle. Premiera mondiala

Wild Indian/ S.U.A. (Regizor si scenarist: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., Producatori: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., Thomas Mahoney, Eric Tavitian) — Doi barabti sunt legati inextricabil unul de altul, dupa ce acopera brutala cima a unui coleg de scoala. Dupa ani in care au fost separati, mergand pe drumuri diferite, cei doi vor confrunta in sfarsit modul in care secretul lor traumatizant le-a modelat irevocabil vietile. Distributie: Michael Greyeyes, Chaske Spencer, Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Bosworth, Phoenix Wilson, Julian Gopal. Premiera mondiala