The third Sundance London Film and Music Festival hits the capital from April 25th-27th, bringing in a variety of great independent films, as well as live music, panel discussions, and special anniversary screenings to the capital’s O2 Arena.
As well as the 21 feature films and 18 shorts, the festival will be hosting special screenings of three films highlighted in the past at Sundance: Grand Jury Prize winner Winter’s Bone, starring Jennifer Lawrence; Quentin Tarantino’s heist classic Reservoir Dogs; and Christopher Nolan’s psychological thriller Memento. These three screenings are being shown as a joint celebration of the festival’s 30th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of Empire Magazine.
Highlights of the festival include the following:
An offbeat comedy starring Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Domnhall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhall, directed by Adam and Paul helmer Lenny Abrahamson. Joining an avant-garde rock band, an aspiring musician finds himself locking heads with the mysterious lead singer Frank, who hides himself inside a fake head.
This debut drama was written and directed by Ryan Coogler, and stars Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, and Chad Michael Murray. It’s based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a man who was fatally shot by an Oakland transit cop on New Year’s Day in 2009.
This fantastical, genre-bending tale was directed by Persepolis creator Marjane Satrapi, and stars Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, and Gemma Arterton. A disturbed young man called Jerry takes a liking to a girl in accounting and owns an evil talking cat and a benevolent talking dog.
The One I Love
Hosting its International Premiere at the festival, The One I Love is the debut feature by director Charlie McDowell. This drama stars Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ted Danson, and centers around a couple on the brink of separation. They decide to get away to a holiday house save their marriage, only for their retreat to take an unexpected turn.
The Trip to Italy
The sequel to Michael Winterbottom’s 2010 mostly-improvised film, The Trip, this is an edited version of the six-part British BBC sitcom, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictional versions of themselves, as they travel on a extravagant food tour around Italy.
Details about Sundance London 2014 can be found on its official website.
— Katie Wong