Pushing aside Oscar contenders vying for (very) early buzz, genre films hoping to make an impact, and the occasional blockbuster looking for some credibility, the Sundance Film Festival is where indie directors operating with their own vision have a home. And the 2017 sees two favorites return.
First up, Alex Ross Perry will head to Park City with the star-studded “Golden Exits.” Featuring Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, and Chloë Sevigny, the movie tracks the arrival of a young foreign girl who disrupts the lives and emotional balances of two Brooklyn families. If it’s anything like his part work, Perry’s picture is going to be laced with acidic drama.
Next, is the return of the “Obvious Child” team of director Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate with “Landline.” The film also features John Turturro, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass, and Finn Wittrock, in the tale of two sisters coming of age in ’90s New York when they discover their dad’s affair — and it turns out he’s not the only cheater in the family. Everyone still smokes inside, no one has a cell phone and the Jacobs finally connect through lying, cheating and hibachi.
The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19-29, 2017.