Sundance Interest List 2019

by Col Needham | created - 9 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

I am the Founder and CEO of IMDb. This is a list of the movies which I am hoping to see at Sundance in 2019 (in alphabetical order after one of the opening night films). Titles are moved over to my Sundance Film Festival 2019 list as I watch them. See also my Sundance Top Picks list.

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1. Abe (2019)

85 min | Family

Abe is a 12-year-old boy from Brooklyn who cooks to unite his half Israeli and half Palestinian family, but everything goes wrong.

Director: Fernando Grostein Andrade | Stars: Dagmara Dominczyk, Noah Schnapp, Mark Margolis, Arian Moayed

Votes: 77

2. Adam (I) (2019)

95 min | Comedy

64 Metascore

Awkward teen Adam spends his last high school summer with his big sister, who throws herself into NYC's lesbian and trans activist scene. In this coming-of-age comedy, Adam and those around him encounter love, friendship and hard truths.

Director: Rhys Ernst | Stars: Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Margaret Qualley, Leo Sheng

Votes: 823

3. American Factory (2019)

TV-14 | 115 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

End 2008, GM closes a plant in Ohio. A Chinese billionaire/Fuyao Glass buys the plant 2014 and invests in auto glass production. There are 2000 jobs there by late 2016. USA meets PRChina.

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert | Stars: Junming 'Jimmy' Wang, Robert Allen, Sherrod Brown, Dave Burrows

Votes: 2,890

4. Before You Know It (2019)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A pair of sisters find out that the mother they thought was dead is alive and starring on a soap opera.

Director: Hannah Pearl Utt | Stars: Hannah Pearl Utt, Ayden Mayeri, Ruibo Qian, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 135 | Gross: $0.09M

5. Big Time Adolescence (2019)

90 min | Comedy

66 Metascore

A suburban teenager comes of age under the destructive guidance of his best friend, an aimless college dropout.

Director: Jason Orley | Stars: Sydney Sweeney, Griffin Gluck, Pete Davidson, Machine Gun Kelly

Votes: 97

6. Clemency (2019)

113 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and ... See full summary »

Director: Chinonye Chukwu | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Danielle Brooks, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 152

7. Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019)

Not Rated | 128 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a... See full summary »

Director: Mads Brügger | Stars: Mads Brügger, Göran Björkdahl, Dag Hammarskjöld, Neddy Banda

Votes: 715 | Gross: $0.09M

8. Corporate Animals (2019)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror

32 Metascore

Lucy (Demi Moore) is the egotistical megalomaniac CEO of Incredible Edibles, America's premier provider of edible cutlery. In her infinite wisdom, Lucy leads her staff including her ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Brice | Stars: Demi Moore, Ed Helms, Jessica Williams, Karan Soni

Votes: 349

9. Dirty God (2019)

104 min | Drama

A young British mother struggles to reclaim her life after a brutal acid attack leaves her severely scarred.

Director: Sacha Polak | Stars: Vicky Knight, Eliza Brady-Girard, Rebecca Stone, Dana Marineci

Votes: 604

10. The Hole in the Ground (2019)

R | 90 min | Horror

63 Metascore

A young mother living in the Irish countryside with her son suspects his increasingly disturbing behavior is linked to a mysterious sinkhole in the forest, and fears he may not be her son at all.

Director: Lee Cronin | Stars: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Kati Outinen, David Crowley

Votes: 7,996 | Gross: $0.02M

11. Imaginary Order (2019)

101 min | Drama

49 Metascore

The sexual, psychological, and moral unraveling of an obsessive-compulsive suburban mom.

Director: Debra Eisenstadt | Stars: Kate Alberts, Amy Anderson, Kristjan Aru, Kate Blumberg

Votes: 63

12. Judy and Punch (2019)

105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule.

Director: Mirrah Foulkes | Stars: Damon Herriman, Mia Wasikowska, Benedict Hardie, Eddie Baroo

Votes: 126

13. Knock Down the House (2019)

PG | 86 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A look at the people involved with various political campaigns during the 2018 U.S. congressional election.

Director: Rachel Lears | Stars: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Joe Crowley, Paula Jean Swearengin

Votes: 8,171

14. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

R | 121 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

Director: Joe Talbot | Stars: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold

Votes: 3,845 | Gross: $4.52M

15. Luce (2019)

R | 109 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

Director: Julius Onah | Stars: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Votes: 1,154 | Gross: $1.78M

16. Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019)

95 min | Documentary

The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's Alien - rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O'Bannon and H.R. ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe | Stars: Bijan Aalam, Tim Boxell, Axelle Carolyn, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 494

17. Light from Light (2019)

Drama

85 Metascore

A single mom and part-time paranormal investigator, is asked to look into a possible "haunting" at a widower's farmhouse in East Tennessee.

Director: Paul Harrill | Stars: Marin Ireland, Jim Gaffigan, Josh Wiggins, Atheena Frizzell

Votes: 50

18. The Sharks (2019)

80 min | Drama

Two young lovers embark on a relationship while a rumor of sharks at the beach has everyone talking.

Director: Lucía Garibaldi | Stars: Romina Bentancur, Federico Morosini, Fabián Arenillas, Antonella Aquistapache

Votes: 95

19. The Mountain (II) (2018)

106 min | Drama

64 Metascore

The story of a young man who, after losing his mother, goes to work with a doctor specializing in lobotomies and therapies.

Director: Rick Alverson | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Jeff Goldblum, Hannah Gross, Denis Lavant

Votes: 550 | Gross: $0.05M

20. The Lodge (2019)

100 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

68 Metascore

A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.

Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz | Stars: Jaeden Martell, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Armitage, Riley Keough

Votes: 538

21. Love, Antosha (2019)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

78 Metascore

A portrait of the extraordinary life and career of actor Anton Yelchin.

Director: Garret Price | Stars: Anton Yelchin, J.J. Abrams, Sofia Boutella, Nicolas Cage

Votes: 121 | Gross: $0.05M

22. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019)

R | 102 min | Documentary, Music

69 Metascore

An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Ron Cornelius, Helle Goldman

Votes: 257 | Gross: $1.00M

23. Midnight Family (2019)

90 min | Documentary, Action, Crime

85 Metascore

In Mexico City's wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help.

Director: Luke Lorentzen

Votes: 175

24. Monos (2019)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Director: Alejandro Landes | Stars: Sofia Buenaventura, Moises Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Laura Castrillón

Votes: 1,549

25. Ms. Purple (2019)

87 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A young woman who works as a karaoke hostess in Koreatown reconnects with her estranged brother in the final days of their father's life.

Director: Justin Chon | Stars: Jake Choi, Tiffany Chu, Mark Krenik, Alfredo Tavares

Votes: 109 | Gross: $0.02M

26. Paradise Hills (2019)

95 min | Fantasy

A mysterious boarding school perfectly reforms wayward girls to fit their surroundings' exact desires.

Director: Alice Waddington | Stars: Eiza González, Milla Jovovich, Emma Roberts, Awkwafina

Votes: 1,455

27. Queen of Hearts (2019)

127 min | Drama

A woman jeopardizes both her career and her family when she seduces her teenage stepson and is forced to make an irreversible decision with fatal consequences.

Director: May el-Toukhy | Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Gustav Lindh, Magnus Krepper, Liv Esmår Dannemann

Votes: 1,736

28. Selah and The Spades (2019)

R | 97 min | Drama

Five factions run the underground life of the prestigious Haldwell boarding school. At the head of the most powerful faction - The Spades - sits Selah Summers. By turns charming and callous... See full summary »

Director: Tayarisha Poe | Stars: Lovie Simone, Jharrel Jerome, Celeste O'Connor, Ana Mulvoy Ten

Votes: 28

29. Share (I) (2019)

R | 87 min | Thriller

73 Metascore

After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn't remember, sixteen-year-old Mandy must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout.

Director: Pippa Bianco | Stars: Rhianne Barreto, Charlie Plummer, Poorna Jagannathan, J.C. MacKenzie

Votes: 894

30. Don't Let Go (2019)

R | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

51 Metascore

After a man's family dies in what appears to be a murder, he gets a phone call from one of the dead, his niece. He's not sure if she's a ghost or if he's going mad, but as it turns out, he's not.

Director: Jacob Estes | Stars: Storm Reid, Byron Mann, Alfred Molina, Brian Tyree Henry

Votes: 726 | Gross: $4.69M

31. Sister Aimee (2019)

87 min | Biography

In 1926 America's most famous evangelist is a woman. And she's looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, she gets swept up in her lover's daydreams about Mexico and finds herself ... See full summary »

Directors: Samantha Buck, Marie Schlingmann | Stars: Amy Hargreaves, Michael Mosley, Julie White, Macon Blair

Votes: 30

32. Sonja: The White Swan (2018)

113 min | Biography, Drama, History

Sonja - The White Swan is the story about Sonja Henie, one of the world's greatest athletes and the inventor of modern figure skating, who decides to go to Hollywood in 1936 to become a ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Sewitsky | Stars: Ine Marie Wilmann, Valene Kane, Eldar Skar, Anders Mordal

Votes: 299

33. Sweetheart (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 82 min | Horror, Thriller

Jenn has washed ashore a small tropical island and it doesn't take her long to realize she's completely alone. She must spend her days not only surviving the elements, but must also fend off the malevolent force that comes out each night.

Director: J.D. Dillard | Stars: Emory Cohen, Kiersey Clemons, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Andrew Crawford

Votes: 70

34. The Sunlit Night (2019)

106 min | Romance

41 Metascore

Set between New York City and the far north of Norway, The Sunlit Night follows American painter Frances and émigré Yasha as an unlikely pair who find each other in the Arctic circle. ... See full summary »

Director: David Wnendt | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, Jessica Hecht

Votes: 47

35. Untouchable (2019)

98 min | Documentary, Biography

A look at the rise and fall of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein featuring interviews with former colleagues and those who accused him of sexual misconduct.

Director: Ursula Macfarlane | Stars: Erika Rosenbaum, Nannette Klatt, Ken Auletta, Ronan Farrow

Votes: 650

36. We Are Little Zombies (2019)

120 min | Drama

Four Japanese orphans form a rock band.

Director: Makoto Nagahisa | Stars: Masaaki Akahori, Chai, Eriko Hatsune, Sôsuke Ikematsu

Votes: 198

37. The Wolf Hour (2019)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

June was once a known counter-culture figure, but that was a decade ago. She now lives alone in her South Bronx apartment, having all but cut herself off from the outside world. It's the ... See full summary »

Director: Alistair Banks Griffin | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jennifer Ehle, Emory Cohen, Jeremy Bobb

Votes: 88

38. Wounds (2019)

R | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

Disturbing and mysterious things begin to happen to a bartender in New Orleans after he picks up a phone left behind at his bar.

Director: Babak Anvari | Stars: Zazie Beetz, Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Brad William Henke

Votes: 165

39. The Great Hack (2019)

TV-MA | 113 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Brittany Kaiser, David Carroll, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Ravi Naik

Votes: 10,925



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