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Sundance 2018 Adds New Films From Lynne​ ​Ramsay, Hannah Fidell, Tamara​ ​Jenkins, and More

Plus, “RuPaul’s​ ​Drag​ ​Race”​ unveils a retrospective and Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" gets a VR experience.

“You Were Never Really Here”

The Sundance Film Festival has completed the announcement of its slate with today’s addition of ​eight​ ​feature​ ​films,​ ​a​ ​VR​ ​experience,​ ​the​ ​NEXT​ ​Innovator’s​ ​Award​ ​juror​, ​and​ ​hosted​ ​retrospectives, all joining the 2018 fest’s lineup today. Notable features that will screen at the festival include the North American premiere of Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here,” featuring Joaquin Phoenix in his Cannes-winning role, along with new films from Hannah Fidell, Tamara Jenkins, and Jonas​ ​Åkerlund. The festival will also play home to a brand-new VR experience inspired by Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion feature “Isle of Dogs.”

Additionally, RuPaul​ ​will​ ​convene​ ​a​ ​retrospective​ ​of​ ​VH1’s​ ​Emmy-winning​ ​“RuPaul’s​ ​Drag​ ​Race”​ ​on​ ​the​ ​heels​ ​of​ ​its​ ​tenth​ ​season,​ ​and host​ ​a​ ​panel​ ​with​ ​executive​ ​producers​ ​and​ ​Sundance​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​veterans​ ​Randy​ ​Barbato​ ​and​ ​Fenton​ ​Bailey,​ ​along​ ​with Tom​ ​Campbell​ ​and​ ​Pamela​ ​Post,​ ​senior​ ​vice​ ​president​ ​of​ ​Original​ ​Programming​ ​for​ ​MTV,​ ​VH1, ​and​ ​Logo.​ ​RuPaul​ ​will​ ​also serve​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Festival’s​ ​inaugural​ ​and​ ​sole​ ​NEXT​ ​Innovator​ ​Award​ ​juror,​ ​and​ ​will​ ​present​ ​the​ ​NEXT​ ​Innovator​ ​Award​ ​to​ ​his favorite​ ​film​ ​in​ ​that​ ​category,​ ​which​ ​showcases​ ​pure,​ ​bold​ ​works​ ​distinguished​ ​by​ ​innovative,​ ​forward-thinking​ ​approaches to​ ​storytelling.

The festival will also play home to a special evening with director Todd Haynes, and a retrospective screening of Chris Eyre’s “Smoke Signals.” Additionally, Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud” has been announced as the festival’s Closing Night Film.

This year’s festival runs from January 18 – 28 in Park City, Utah. Check out the full list of newly announced additions, with all synopses provided by Sundance, below.

RuPaul's Drag Race

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”


From the Collection

“An​ ​Evening​ ​with​ ​Todd​ ​Haynes​”​ ​​/​​ ​​In​ ​the​ ​thirty​ ​years​ ​since​ ​he​ ​burst​ ​onto​ ​the​ ​indie​ ​scene,​ ​Todd​ ​Haynes​ ​has​ ​established himself​ ​as​ ​one​ ​of​ ​most​ ​distinctive​ ​voices​ ​in​ ​American​ ​cinema.​ ​A​ ​special​ ​conversation​ ​with​ ​Haynes​ ​and​ ​longtime collaborator,​ ​producer​ ​Christine​ ​Vachon,​ ​explores​ ​Haynes’​ ​early​ ​work,​ ​including​ ​clips​ ​from​ ​notable,​ ​recently​ ​restored gems.

“Smoke​ ​Signals”​ ​​/​ ​U.S.A.​ ​(Director:​ ​Chris​ ​Eyre,​ ​Screenwriter:​ ​Sherman​ ​Alexie,​ ​Producers:​ ​Larry​ ​Estes,​ ​Scott​ ​Rosenfelt)​ ​— When​ ​Victor’s​ ​estranged​ ​father​ ​Arnold​ ​dies​ ​in​ ​Arizona,​ ​he​ ​must​ ​leave​ ​his​ ​home​ ​on​ ​an​ ​Idaho​ ​reservation​ ​to​ ​retrieve Arnold’s​ ​ashes.​ ​Victor’s​ ​friend​ ​Thomas​ ​offers​ ​to​ ​fund​ ​the​ ​trip,​ ​but​ ​only​ ​if​ ​he​ ​can​ ​accompany​ ​Victor.​ ​Together​ ​they undertake​ ​a​ ​journey​ ​filled​ ​with​ ​discovery​ ​about​ ​their​ ​personal​ ​and​ ​cultural​ ​identities.​ ​​Cast:​ ​Adam​ ​Beach,​ ​Evan​ ​Adams, Irene​ ​Bedard,​ ​Gary​ ​Farmer,​ ​Tantoo​ ​Cardinal​.

Documentary Premieres

“Akicita.:​ ​The​ ​Battle​ ​of​ ​Standing​ ​Rock​​ “​​/​ ​U.S.A.​ ​(Director:​ ​Cody​ ​Lucich,​ ​Producers:​ ​Heather​ ​Rae,​ ​Gingger​ ​Shankar, Ben-Alex​ ​Dupris)​ ​—​ ​Standing​ ​Rock,​ ​2016:​ ​the​ ​largest​ ​Native​ ​American​ ​occupation​ ​since​ ​Wounded​ ​Knee.​ ​Thousands​ ​of activists,​ ​environmentalists​ ​and​ ​militarized​ ​police​ ​descend​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Dakota​ ​Access​ ​Pipeline​ ​in​ ​a​ ​standoff​ ​between​ ​oil corporations​ ​and​ ​a​ ​new​ ​generation​ ​of​ ​Native​ ​Warriors.​ ​This​ ​chronicle​ ​captures​ ​the​ ​sweeping​ ​struggle,​ ​spirit​ ​and​ ​havoc​ ​of a​ ​People’s​ ​uprising.​ ​​World​ ​Premiere.​ ​​THE​ ​NEW​ ​CLIMATE


“Hereditary​​” ​/​ ​U.S.A.​ ​(Director​ ​and​ ​screenwriter:​ ​Ari​ ​Aster,​ ​Producers:​ ​Kevin​ ​Frakes,​ ​Lars​ ​Knudsen,​ ​Buddy​ ​Patrick)​ ​—​ ​After their​ ​reclusive​ ​grandmother​ ​passes​ ​away,​ ​the​ ​Graham​ ​family​ ​tries​ ​to​ ​escape​ ​the​ ​dark​ ​fate​ ​they’ve​ ​inherited.​ ​​Cast:​ ​Toni Collette,​ ​Gabriel​ ​Byrne,​ ​Alex​ ​Wolff,​ ​Ann​ ​Dowd,​ ​Milly​ ​Shapiro.​ ​World​ ​Premiere

“Lords​ ​of​ ​Chaos​”​ ​​/​ ​U.S.A.​ ​(Director:​ ​Jonas​ ​Åkerlund,​ ​Screenwriters:​ ​Jonas​ ​Åkerlund,​ ​Dennis​ ​Magnusson,​ ​Producers: Kwesi​ ​Dickson,​ ​Danny​ ​Gabai,​ ​Jim​ ​Czarnecki,​ ​Erik​ ​Gordon,​ ​Jack​ ​Arbuthnott,​ ​Ko​ ​Mori)​ ​—​ ​Based​ ​on​ ​truth​ ​(and​ ​lies),​​ ​Lords of​ ​Chaos​​ ​is​ ​a​ ​dark​ ​drama​ ​about​ ​a​ ​precocious​ ​teenager,​ ​Euronymous,​ ​who​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​spread​ ​evil,​ ​chaos,​ ​and​ ​true Norwegian​ ​black​ ​metal.​ ​When​ ​Euronymous​ ​invites​ ​a​ ​mysterious​ ​loner,​ ​Varg,​ ​to​ ​join​ ​his​ ​“Black​ ​Circle,”​ ​a​ ​rivalry​ ​sparks, leading​ ​to​ ​unexpected​ ​consequences.​ ​​Cast:​ ​Rory​ ​Culkin,​ ​Emory​ ​Cohen,​ ​Sky​ ​Ferreira,​ ​Jack​ ​Kilmer,​ ​Valter​ ​Skarsgård. World​ ​Premiere

New Frontier

“Isle​ ​of​ ​Dogs​ ​Behind​ ​the​ ​Scenes​ ​(in​ ​Virtual​ ​Reality)​​” ​/​ ​(Lead​ ​Artists:​ ​A​ ​collaboration​ ​between​ ​Felix​ ​Lajeunesse​ ​&​ ​Paul Raphael​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Isle​ ​of​ ​Dogs​ ​production​ ​team)​ ​​ ​—​ ​​This​ ​virtual​ ​reality​ ​experience​ ​places​ ​the​ ​viewer​ ​inside​ ​the​ ​miniature world​ ​of​ ​Wes​ ​Anderson’s​ ​upcoming​ ​stop-motion​ ​animated​ ​film,​ ​face​ ​to​ ​face​ ​with​ ​the​ ​cast​ ​of​ ​dogs​ ​as​ ​they​ ​are​ ​interviewed on​ ​set,​ ​while​ ​the​ ​crew​ ​of​ ​the​ ​film​ ​works​ ​around​ ​you​ ​to​ ​create​ ​the​ ​animation​ ​you​ ​are​ ​seeing.​ ​​Cast:​ ​A​ ​selection​ ​of​ ​actors from​ ​the​ ​cast​ ​of​ ​Isle​ ​of​ ​Dogs.

"Isle of Dogs"

“Isle of Dogs”


“The​ ​Long​ ​Dumb​ ​Road​”​​/​ ​U.S.A.​ ​(Director:​ ​Hannah​ ​Fidell,​ ​Screenwriters:​ ​Hannah​ ​Fidell,​ ​Carson​ ​Mell,​ ​Producers:​ ​Hannah Fidell,​ ​Jacqueline​ ​”JJ”​ ​Ingram,​ ​Jonathan​ ​Duffy,​ ​Kelly​ ​Williams)​ ​—​ ​Two​ ​very​ ​different​ ​men,​ ​at​ ​personal​ ​crossroads,​ ​meet serendipitously​ ​and​ ​take​ ​an​ ​unpredictable​ ​journey​ ​through​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Southwest.​ ​​ ​​Cast:​ ​Tony​ ​Revolori,​ ​Jason Mantzoukas,​ ​Taissa​ ​Farmiga,​ ​Grace​ ​Gummer,​ ​Ron​ ​Livingston,​ ​Casey​ ​Wilson.​ ​World​ ​Premiere

“Private​ ​Life​”​ ​/​ ​U.S.A.​ ​(Director​ ​and​ ​screenwriter:​ ​Tamara​ ​Jenkins,​ ​Producers:​ ​Anthony​ ​Bregman,​ ​Stefanie​ ​Azpiazu)​ ​—​ ​A couple​ ​in​ ​the​ ​throes​ ​of​ ​infertility​ ​try​ ​to​ ​maintain​ ​their​ ​marriage​ ​as​ ​they​ ​descend​ ​deeper​ ​into​ ​the​ ​weird​ ​world​ ​of​ ​assisted reproduction​ ​and​ ​domestic​ ​adoption.​ ​When​ ​their​ ​doctor​ ​suggests​ ​third-party​ ​reproduction,​ ​they​ ​bristle.​ ​But​ ​when​ ​Sadie,​ ​a recent​ ​college​ ​dropout,​ ​re-enters​ ​their​ ​life,​ ​they​ ​reconsider.​ ​​Cast:​ ​Kathryn​ ​Hahn,​ ​Paul​ ​Giamatti,​ ​Molly​ ​Shannon,​ ​John Carroll​ ​Lynch,​ ​Kayli​ ​Carter.​ ​World​ ​Premiere

Special Events

“RuPaul’s​ ​Drag​ ​Race”: ​A​ ​Retrospective​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Cultural​ ​Phenomenon​​ ​/​ ​U.S.A.​ ​(Lead​ ​Artist:​ ​RuPaul​ ​Charles)​ ​​—​ ​​A retrospective​ ​of​ ​VH1’s​ ​Emmy-winning​ ​“RuPaul’s​ ​Drag​ ​Race”​ ​on​ ​the​ ​heels​ ​of​ ​its10th​ ​season,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​panel​ ​hosted​ ​by RuPaul​ ​with​ ​executive​ ​producers​ ​Randy​ ​Barbato​ ​and​ ​Fenton​ ​Bailey,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​Tom​ ​Campbell​ ​and​ ​Pamela​ ​Post,​ ​senior vice​ ​president​ ​of​ ​Original​ ​Programming​ ​for​ ​MTV,​ ​VH1​ ​and​ ​Logo.​ ​​Cast:​ ​RuPaul​ ​Charles,​ ​Michelle​ ​Visage,​ ​Carson​ ​Kressley, Ross​ ​Mathews.​ ​World​ ​Premiere


“You​ ​Were​ ​Never​ ​Really​ ​Here​”​ ​​/​ ​U.S.A.​ ​(Director​ ​and​ ​screenwriter:​ ​Lynne​ ​Ramsay,​ ​Producers:​ ​Pascal​ ​Caucheteux,​ ​Rosa Attab,​ ​James​ ​Wilson,​ ​Rebecca​ ​O’Brien,​ ​Lynne​ ​Ramsay)​ ​—​ ​A​ ​traumatized​ ​veteran,​ ​unafraid​ ​of​ ​violence,​ ​tracks​ ​down missing​ ​girls​ ​for​ ​a​ ​living.​ ​When​ ​a​ ​job​ ​spins​ ​out​ ​of​ ​control,​ ​Joe’s​ ​nightmares​ ​overtake​ ​him​ ​as​ ​a​ ​conspiracy​ ​is​ ​uncovered leading​ ​to​ ​what​ ​may​ ​be​ ​his​ ​death​ ​trip​ ​or​ ​his​ ​awakening.​ ​​Cast:​ ​Joaquin​ ​Phoenix,​ ​Alessandro​ ​Nivola,​ ​Judith​ ​Roberts, Ekaterina​ ​Samsonov,​ ​John​ ​Doman,​ ​Alex​ ​Manette.​ ​North​ ​American​ ​Premiere

“Sweet​ ​Country​”​ ​/​ ​Australia​ ​(Director​ ​and​ ​screenwriter:​ ​Warwick​ ​Thornton,​ ​Producers:​ ​David​ ​Jowsey,​ ​Greer​ ​Simpkin)​ ​—​ ​In 1920s​ ​Australia,​ ​a​ ​middle-aged​ ​Aboriginal​ ​man’s​ ​comfortable​ ​life​ ​is​ ​upended​ ​by​ ​a​ ​newcomer’s​ ​arrival.​ ​Wanted​ ​for​ ​murder in​ ​the​ ​bloody​ ​aftermath​ ​of​ ​a​ ​violent​ ​shootout,​ ​he​ ​must​ ​flee​ ​into​ ​the​ ​dangerous​ ​outback​ ​with​ ​his​ ​wife.​​ ​​Cast:​ ​Bryan​ ​Brown, Sam​ ​Neill,​ ​Hamilton​ ​Morris,​ ​Ewen​ ​Leslie,​ ​Thomas​ ​M.​ ​Wright,​ ​Matt​ ​Day.​ ​Utah​ ​Premiere

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