Sundance London (May 31-June 3) has topped up its programme ahead of its sixth edition, which will be held at Picturehouse Central in London.
The new additions include the UK premiere of First Reformed, Paul Schrader’s thriller about a pastor experiencing a crisis of faith, starring Ethan Hawke (Before Sunrise).
Unlike most Sundance London titles, it did not screen in Utah this January, instead premiering at Venice Film Festival in August 2017. Hawke will be present for an extended introduction before the film.
Also added to the programme is a ‘Films That Made Me’ strand, in which three directors screening their work at this year’s festival will introduce a film that has personally inspired them.
Jennifer Fox (opening night film The Tale) will present Jonathan Caouette’s Tarnation; Debra Granik (closing night film Leave No Trace) will present Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood; and Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation Of Cameron Post) will show Lynne Ramsay’s Morvern Callar.
All three directors will expand on their influences and careers at a previously announced In Conversation event titled ‘Triple Threat: Three major filmmakers in conversation’.
There will also be a comedy movie masterclass called ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’ featuring Bo Burnham, stand-up comic and director of Eighth Grade which has its international premiere at the festival.
Last week the festival revealed a programme of twelve features including the UK premiere of Idris Elba’s Yardie, plus two short film strands and special events.