No more back-to-back screenings – the Sundance Film Festival now offers an option to watch movies at home.
Tickets for each film cost $20.
Here is WWD’s selection of 10 independent films available to watch online through Sundance’s online streaming portal at Festival.sundance.org through January 29th.
In Animalia, Oumaïma Barid portrays the role of Itto – a young pregnant woman with no restrictions on how far she will go to find her husband Amine on a turbulent journey through Morocco. Sofia Alaoui, a Franco-Moroccan filmmaker and writer who won the 2020 Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize for her short film So What If the Goats Die, infuses the supernatural, sci-fi and a blast of the wealthy Moroccan culture in this feature film meant to symbolize the end of the world.
Directed by D. Smith, Kokomo City brings black-and-white film nostalgia to a true-to-life documentary about the uncensored lives of four transgender sex workers in New York and Georgia. Reflections on their clientele, the culture of their work, and the authentic experiences they had as black transgender women in the sex arena are explored throughout the film – both from their perspective and with insights from men who acknowledge the difficulties of fitting in the societal definition of masculinity meandered in between.
Jonathan Majors stars as Killian Maddox in Elijah Bynum’s Magazine Dreams. Maddox is confronted with the conflicts that arise between pursuing a bodybuilding career (despite the physical and emotional aftermath it involves), working on self-improvement of his temperament, and learning to adjust to the emotional human connection.
Puerto Rican filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and multidisciplinary artist Glorimar Marrero Sánchez’s first feature film directorial debut, “La Pecera” wowed the crowds. Led by Isel Rodríguez, her character Noelia finds refuge in Puerto Rico after realizing her cancer has returned. The land serves as a healing guide for Noelia, despite the fact that the site has been inundated by natural disasters and industrial contamination. The film combines feelings of pain, strength, sadness and, as Sánchez describes it, “the assertion of freedom” with its theatrical release.
Director Susanna Fogel brings dating to the present day with an initially innocent flirtation between Margot, played by Emilia Jones, and Robert, played by Nicholas Braun. In Fogel’s adaptation of Kristen Roupenian’s short story “Cat Person,” published by The New Yorker, the texting triggers their love language, romantic feelings develop, and “vivid daydreams” are later fueled by questionable scenarios between the two.
“Run Bunny Run”
Emmy-nominated director Daina Reid explores the odd ways trauma can manifest itself in her psychological thriller Run Rabbit Run. “Succession” actress Sarah Snook plays the mother of a seven-year-old girl whose behavior has turned to the dark side – with events that sound quite familiar from the mother’s past. Reid received critical acclaim for the episode of The Handmaid’s Tale entitled “Holly,” which she directed.
“The Amazing Maurice”
The feel-good animated film Sundance was directed by Toby Genkel and stars a funny cat named Maurice. Hugh Laurie is the voice behind the shy furry animal, while Emilia Clarke is the voice of Malicia. David Thewlis voices “Boss Man”. Maurice may know the street, but there are rats involved in the plot who have a few tricks up their sleeves.
“The Eight Mountains”
A friendship between two boys named Pietro and Bruno that begins when they are 11 years old is later harnessed into adulthood when they rebuild a collapsed house together in the mountains of Valle d’Aosta, Italy. Directors Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch explore the characters’ connection to beautiful landscapes. “The Eight Mountains” received the Jury Prize at the 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival.
Chilean-Serbian film director Vuk Lungulov-Klotz – a graduate of the Sundance Institute Labs – makes his feature film debut with “Mutt,” starring Lío Mehiel. The film follows the life of New York City-based Latin American transman Feña. Daily encounters, relationships and experiences are examined from Feña’s perspective as he navigates life and its transition.
Indigenous culture, witchcraft and religious authority play a role in Christopher Murray’s film Sorcery. In the 1880s and in southern Chile, on the island of Chiloé, at the age of 13, Rosa searches for magic to find justice after learning that her father has been murdered. Murray directed and co-wrote the film, which is based on true events.