Sundance: Wes Anderson VR Project, Todd Haynes Retrospective Complete 2018 Lineup

The Sundance Film Festival finalized its 2018 lineup with the addition of 11 more programs, ranging from a pair of world premieres by female directors Hannah Fidell (“A Teacher”) and Tamara Jenkins (“The Savages”) to a special conversation with Sundance veteran Todd Haynes (“Poison”).

The festival also announced a new virtual reality project from Wes Anderson. Dubbed “Isle of Dogs Behind the Scenes,” the VR installation puts the viewer inside the world of the filmmaker’s upcoming stop-motion animated film.

“Hearts Beat Loud,” previously added to the Premieres section, has been confirmed as a Closing Night Film.

Combined with the earlier announcements of 110 feature films, New Frontier experimental work and the shorts and Indie Episodic sections, this completes a robust program for the independent film festival, which will unspool in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 18-28, 2018.

The latest additions:

PREMIERES

The​ ​Long​ ​Dumb​ ​Road​​ ​(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.

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.​

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES

Akicita:​ ​The​ ​Battle​ ​of​ ​Standing​ ​Rock​ ​(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

MIDNIGHT

Hereditary​​​ ​(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.

Lords​ ​of​ ​Chaos​​​ ​(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.

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

“RuPaul’s​ ​Drag​ ​Race:”​ ​A​ ​Retrospective​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Cultural​ ​Phenomenon​​​ ​​(Lead​ ​Artist:​ ​RuPaul​ ​Charles)​ ​​—​ ​​A retrospective​ ​of​ ​VH1’s​ ​Emmy-winning​ ​“RuPaul’s​ ​Drag​ ​Race”​ ​on​ ​the​ ​heels​ ​of​ ​its 10th​ ​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.​

SPOTLIGHT

You​ ​Were​ ​Never​ ​Really​ ​Here​​ ​(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.​

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​​ ​(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​.

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