these additions, the 2015 Festival will present 123 feature-length films,
representing 29 countries and 45 first-time filmmakers, including 19 in
competition. Notably we’ll see the crime drama “True Story,” starring Jonah Hill, James Franco and 2015 Oscar contender Felicity Jones, as well as an immersive, multimedia installation promoting “Wild,” Jean-Marc Vallee’s adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed book now in theaters.
We interviewed Sundance programmers about the 2015 lineup—which includes new films from Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt and Andrew Bujalski—here. Full late-addition lineup, with official festival language, below:
A Walk in the Woods /
U.S.A. (Director: Ken Kwapis, Screenwriters: Rick Kerb, Bill Holderman) — An
aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail with a
long-estranged high school buddy. Along the way, the duo face off with each
other, nature, and an eccentric assortment of characters. Together, they learn
that some roads are better left untraveled. Cast: Robert Redford, Nick
Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal. World Premiere. SALT LAKE CITY GALA FILM
Story / U.S.A.
(Director: Rupert Goold, Screenwriters: Rupert Goold, David Kajganich) — When disgraced New
York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo — who
has taken on Finkel’s identity — his investigation morphs into an unforgettable
game of cat and mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel’s relentless pursuit
of Longo’s true story encompasses murder, love, deceit, and redemption. Cast:
Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones.
This section of the Festival is especially for young independent
film fans. Programmed in cooperation with Tumbleweeds, Utah’s premiere film
festival for children and youth.
Games Maker / Argentina, Canada, Italy (Director and
screenwriter: Juan Pablo Buscarini) — Ivan Drago’s love of board games
catapults him into the fantastical world of game invention and pits him against
the inventor Morodian, who wants to destroy the city of Zyl. To save his
family, Ivan must come to know what it is to be a true Games Maker. Cast:
David Mazouz, Joseph Fiennes, Ed Asner, Megan Charpentier, Tom Cavanagh,
Valentina Lodovini. U.S. Premiere
Arctic / Norway (Director and screenwriter: Grethe
Bøe-Waal) — This modern-day Robinson Crusoe adventure is set in the Arctic.
Through a misunderstanding, 13-year-old Julia and her eight-year-old twin
siblings, Ida and Sindre, are left on a deserted island. The children have to
find ways to survive, battling fierce winter weather, hungry polar bears, and
loneliness. Cast: Kaisa Gurine Antonsen, Ida Leonora Valestrand Eike,
Leonard Valestrand Eike, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Kristofer Hivju, Line Verndal.
the Sheep /
United Kingdom (Directors and screenwriters: Richard Starzak, Mark Burton) —
When Shaun’s mischief inadvertently leads to the Farmer being taken away from
the farm, Shaun, Bitzer and the flock have to go into the big city to rescue
him, setting the stage for an epic adventure. International Premiere
Pioneers Palace B’92 / Romania (Director and screenwriter: Bobby
Paunescu) — In
the wild days of post-Ceausescu Bucharest, teenagers open a disco at their high
school, terrified of an AIDS scare after their visit to a local brothel. Part
of the Festival’s new Art of Film program, Pioneers
Palace B’92 was produced by film students and supported by Mandragora Film
Academy together with Solar Indie Junction. Cast: Toto Dumitrescu, Mihai
Dorobantu, Maria Bata, Dragos Savulescu, Alice Halpert, Alice Peneaca. World Premiere
The following installations will be featured in The VR works of Felix
& Paul, a showcase of groundbreaking live-action virtual reality
experiences by artists Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël in the Festival’s New
Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël
Mongolian pastoral herders are one of the world’s last remaining
nomadic cultures. For millennia they have lived on the steppes, grazing their
livestock on the grasslands. Through a series of virtual reality experiences,
the viewer is invited into the reality of a nomadic family of yak herders.
with Patrick Watson
Artists: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël, Chris Lavis, Maciek
with Patrick Watson invites the viewer to spend an intimate moment
with celebrated Montreal musician Patrick Watson at work in his studio loft on
a winter’s day. Cast: Patrick Watson.
WILD – The Experience
Artists: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël
Searchlight and the Fox Innovation Lab present this virtual reality experience
drawing from the film Wild. Viewers enter a fully immersive media
environment to join an intimate moment on the Pacific Crest Trail between a
woman, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon), and her mother, Bobbi (Laura Dern),
a vision from the afterlife.
A selection from The Sundance Collection at UCLA, a film preservation
program established in 1997. The Collection is specifically devoted to the
preservation of independent documentaries, narratives and short films supported
by Sundance Institute and has grown to nearly 2,300 holdings representing 1,800
titles, including recent additions such as El
Mariachi, Winter’s Bone, Johnny Suede, Working Girls, Crumb, Groove, Better This World, The Oath
and Paris, Texas. Titles are
generously donated by individual filmmakers, distributors and studios.
Paris is Burning / U.S.A. (Director: Jennie Livingston) —Paris is Burning visits black and Latino
drag balls of the 1980s in New York City, where at raucous celebrations, rival
Houses create intense competition and provide
deep sustenance. This world within a world is instantly familiar, filled
with intense yearnings for “Realness” that reflects America itself. Cast:
Dorian Corey, Freddie Pendavis, Pepper Labeija, Junior Labeija, Venus
Xtravaganza, Willi Ninja.
will feature a DCP of the new digital restoration of Paris is
Burning created from original 16mm elements. This recent effort
restores the feature to the original uncropped aspect ratio. The project
represents the collaborative efforts of the Sundance Institute, the Outfest
UCLA Legacy Project, and UCLA Film & Television Archive, with permission of