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Sundance Film Festival: London 2017 line-up revealed

The festival will close with A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

The line-up for the 5th Sundance Film Festival: London (June 1-4) has been announced.

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The festival will comprise 14 UK and international feature film premieres from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, as well as 15 shorts, including a strand dedicated to new UK shorts.

As previously announced, the festival will open with Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, starring Salma Hayek.

It will close with the UK premiere of David Lowery’s A Ghost Story [pictured], starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

Other highlights from this year’s programme include Bushwick, starring Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow; true-life crime drama Crown Heights, which won the US dramatic audience award; jury prize-winning documentary Dina, Michael Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime, starring Jon Hamm and Geena Davis, and Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, which Amazon swooped on in a splashy Park City deal.

For the first time, the programme will also include a “Surprise Film” screening of an audience hit from this year’s festival in Park City.

An audience favourite award has been introduced this year. The public can vote for their favourite features, with the winner announced at the close of the festival.

There will be three panel events focusing on filmmaking in the age of Donald Trump, diversity in documentary films, and short films as a viable career.

David Lowery will also take part in an ‘In Conversation’ event alongside a special screening of his earlier film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.

Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute, said: “As we head into our fifth festival in London, we remain committed to introducing new American independent films to audiences around the world. Our success in the UK is a reflection of the enormous creativity of independent artists and the stories they tell, as well as the curious and adventurous audiences who have made us feel right at home in the heart of London.”

The line-up is below:

Feature films

  • Beatriz at Dinner, Miguel Arteta
  • The Big Sick, Michael Showalter
  • Bitch, Marianna Palka
  • Bushwick, Cary Murnion, Jonathan Millot
  • Chasing Coral, Jeff Orlowski
  • Crown Heights, Matt Ruskin
  • Dina, Dan Sickles, Antonio
  • A Ghost Story, David Lowery
  • Icarus, Bryan Fogel
  • The Incredible Jessica James, Jim Strouse
  • Marjorie Prime, Michael Almereyda
  • Walking Out, Alex Smith, Adam Smith
  • Wilson, Craig Johnson

Read more:
Sundance 2017: The stand-out feature films

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