The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing following its first weekend, and while deals are relatively scarce so far, there’s a lot of buzz going around on timely and topical features that are getting rave reviews in addition to the obvious attention.
The Tale Fits the Moment
The Tale, Jennifer Fox’s autobiographical drama about her own childhood sexual abuse, is one of the most notable dramas of Sundance, easily aligned with #TimesUp and #MeToo. And the movie, which stars Laura Dern as Fox (pictured above), is also one of the best-received so far with a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Assassination Nation Is a Movie for Right Now
Assassination Nation, the sophomore feature from Sam Levinson (son of Barry), is also being recognized for its relevance to #TimesUp and more going on politically and culturally in the nation lately. And it’s hitting big with the midnight movie crowd, where it could have the most impact.
Tyrel Is This Year’s Get Out
One of the most-talked about movies of Sundance last year was Get Out, which went on to be a surprise hit and awards contender. This year, Tyrel and its similar dealings with race (plus its cast including Caleb Landry Jones) are being positively compared to Jordan Peele’s otherwise unique effort.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post Is Important and Powerful
Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a teen undergoing gay conversion therapy in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, the sophomore feature from Desiree Akhaven (Appropriate Behaviour) and seems to be the exact sort of movie Sundancers hope for with its well-executed address of a current social and political issue.
Search Sells While Honoring Inclusive Casting
One of the biggest buys at Sundance so far is Search, which went to Sony for a reported $5 million. That’s great for Aneesh Chaganty, who makes his feature directorial debut with the missing teen drama, as well as for rising star John Cho and the rest of its rare focus on a mostly Asian-American ensemble not cast for any racially dependent purpose. And it’s inventive!
Cho celebrated the inclusive representation in the movie at the Variety studio:
Robert Redford Is Hopeful Going Forward
The festival kicked off with founder Robert Redford offering encouraging remarks about what’s going in the industry with #MeToo and pushes for equal treatment and pay for women. These words have so far proven to be significant to the themes and buzz continuing at Sundance as it heads into its first full week of screenings.