Gathering interviews for upcoming episodes of the iW: Video series here in Park City dominated much of the day (Sunday), leading up to the not-to-be-missed annual Discovery Films party, held again this year at Zoom. After some tasty food there, I was able to make it over to the Park City Library for the late screening of George Ratliff‘s “Joshua, an expertly crafted and creepy film about a strange little kid and his fractured family. Word spread on Sunday that Fox Searchlight had acquired the movie and by the time I arrived to the late screening, word of an impending press release was in the air. (Read more in indieWIRE’s latest daily dispatch from Park City.)
Striking music and visuals heighten the tension in “Joshua,” with Vera Farmiga and Jacob Kogan. While I still have a number of films to see, Sam Rockwell shines as a troubled dad in the two strongest overall Sundance dramatic competition entries I’ve seen so far, “Joshua” and David Gordon Green‘s “Snow Angels.