The Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have announced the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for this year’s festival taking place from the 29th July – 1st August at Picturehouse Central.  

Zola. Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

With Sundance Film Festival Ticket Passes on sale from the 7th June, the programme has been announced for this year’s festival which is set to include 15 feature films from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected for London by the Sundance Institute programming team.  

The festival in London is set to open with the UK premiere of Edgar Wright’s debut documentary The Sparks Brothers, a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers Ron and Russell Mael, which will screen consecutively in cinemas across the UK along with a simulcast filmmaker Q+A. It will close four days later with the UK premiere screening of Janicza Bravo’s feature Zola.

Other films that are included in the line up are films such as Mass, starring Jason Isaacs and Ann Dowd alongside Martha Plimpton and Reed Birney, a drama following two sets of parents in the aftermath of a fatal high school shooting and is the debut feature from director-screenwriter Fran Kranz, CODA  which stars British actress Emilia Jones, a comedy-drama following the hearing daughter of two deaf parents as she navigates helping her family run their struggling fishing business, whilst trying to keep up at school. Meanwhile, Dash Shaw’s Cryptozoo is a mythical animation centering around the premise of Cryptozoology, a subculture who preserve the knowledge of folkloric creatures, with vocal performances from Lake Bell and Michael Cera.

Elsewhere, cinemagoers will be able to experience The Nest, Sean Durkin’s long-awaited follow up to Martha Marcy May Marlene (which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival), with performances from British actor Jude Law, alongside Carrie Coon. Receiving its world premiere at the Festival in 2021, Human Factors directed by Ronny Trocker, while director Nikole Beckwith returns to the Festival this year with warm-hearted comedy Together Together, having previously screened Stockholm, Pennsylvania at the 2015 edition. The film stars comedy king Ed Helms alongside newcomer Patti Harrison.

As is consistent with the festival, the London edition will support British talent with Prano Bailey-Bond’s Censor, a horror feature set against the backdrop of the ‘video nasties’ social hysteria in 1985. The film made its world premiere at the 2021 festival, as did Sam Hobkinson’s Misha and The Wolves, an engrossing documentary feature which stylishly blends reenactments, interviews, and archival footage to tell a vivid story about truth, deception, and self-preservation.

For the full programme and for more information visit: https://www.picturehouses.com/sundance