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Sundance has always been a key festival for the film industry. And after several decades of presenting films to us, a list was made of the best.
From January 18 to 28, the 2024 edition of the
Sundance Film Festival, one of the most important events in the international film industry which over almost 40 years, has presented some of the best film proposals both in narratives and creators.
For this reason, a group of more than 500 directors, critics and figures in the industry,
They put together a list with 10 great movies that premiered at Sundance, and that after their screening at the festival, marked a before and after.
To give you an idea of how definitive this list is, you should know that
Between all the editions of Sundance, more than 4 thousand films have been released. So, here we leave them for you to take a look at (because yes, we tell you where they are available).
Sundance Film Festival / Photo: Sundance 10. Blood Simple
The film participated in the Blood Simple is a film directed by Joel Coen, produced by Ethan and written by the two. first edition of the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize in 1985 and stars Frances McDorman as Abby, who flees her cruel husband with the help of one of his employees. Is available in Blood Simple MUBI.
9. And your mom too
became one of the most important films not only in Mexican filmography at the beginning of the new millennium, but also internationally, receiving several international awards at the Venice Festival, for example, or And Your Mother Too by Alfonso Cuarón Oscar nominations for Screenplay and Foreign Film.
But its debut was at Sundance in 2002, also introducing the world to Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal.
And Your Mother Too follow the journey two friends, Tenoch and Julio, do together with a Spanish woman named Luisa from which various conflicts, revelations and adventures emerge.
Richard Linklater engaged the cast of with the objective, first, of telling the life story of a family without having to cast the older versions of each one (to give you an idea, the director asked Patricia Arquette not to have any type of surgery plastic to avoid alterations in his character). Boyhood to film his story over 12 years
But mainly, to create a unique film piece.
in an extensive coming-of-age that reveals the usual conflicts in the life of a person who experiences and recognizes the world. Boyhood was presented at Sundance, and gave us the story of Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, a boy whom we see grow from 5 to 18 years old
7. Before Sunrise
Linklater’s second film in this list that recognizes the best of Sundance. The first was Boyhood and the second in known as Before, starring Before Sunrisewhich is the first installment of the trilogy Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Before Sunrise It premiered in 1995 and based on pure dialogues, we are introduced to two young people who are on an extensive trip through various European cities. Jesse is American and Céline is French, and they meet on a train between Budapest and Vienna.
a long dialogue that addresses various topics such as romance, sex, art. Upon arriving in Vienna, Jesse convinces Céline to come down with him and they tour the city while they continue talking. After one night together, they promise to meet again in a period of months. which is not carried out, and which gives way to the second installment of the trilogy.
Is available in Before Sunrise HBO Max.
6. sex, lies, and videotape
If you like movies that are based on conversations, then
you’ll like it. However. You might think that in this same list there appear not one, but two Linklater tapes and those conversations are definitive. But, sex, lies, and videotapes Soderbergh’s work, unlike Linklater, is faster, and in the case of this film, more erotic.
sex, lies, and videotapes shows us four key characters: John, Ann, Cynthia and Graham. John and Ann are married, but they don’t have sex. For her, sex is overrated, for him it is not. So he begins an affair with Cynthia, his wife’s sister.
Then, Graham, a mysterious guy from the past, shows up, and
he starts flirting with Ann. But not in a sexual and superficial way, but through conversations and words.
Christopher Nolan arrived at Sundance with his second feature film titled , who investigates the murder of his wife while suffering from amnesia. His body and all the spaces he visits reveal a clue about what happened. And the ending… we won’t reveal it to you but it’s brilliant. memento about a guy named Leonard Shelby
Actually, the entire film and the structure with which Nolan built the timeline is incredible.
This film, despite being Nolan’s second, was the one that presented him internationally, giving way to the remake of memento He later received nominations for the Golden Globes and the Oscars. insomniathe trilogy of batmanand all the films that have impacted the industry.
Is available in memento Prime Video.
4. Little Miss Sunshine
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris The history of production Because of the cast it included, it had been taken over by a relatively large production company. But after two years, he threw her out. AND Little Miss Sunshine It’s very interesting. Some risk takers from independent cinema took it, finished it and took it to Sundance.
After its first screening,
, and since 2006 it has been a classic of the two thousandths. The film features in its cast Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, Steve Carell and Paul Dano, all members of the Hoover family. Little Miss Sunshine received a long ovation from the audience and the media
Olive is a girl who has worked hard, along with her grandfather, to become a beauty queen. The film takes us on the road trip that the family takes to take Oliver to the contest, while all the personal conflicts of each member are revealed. Is available in Little Miss Sunshine Star+.
3. Get Out
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thanks to the essence of his films: the more realistic the story (despite belonging to science fiction, for example), the more terrifying the scenario. Get Out. This is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele, who immediately became one of the most exciting and creative figures in the film industry. Get Out has as its protagonist Daniel Kaluuya to play Chris, a young African-American photographer who is in a relationship with Rose. They are both on their way to her parents’ house so Chris can meet them. At first, everything seems like a regular meeting for the groom to introduce himself to the bride’s parents.
Chris discovers that it is a trapand their visit turns into a nightmare in the home of a historically racist family and community.
Is available in Get Out Prime Video.
2. Reservoir Dogs
Few directors have had the cultural impact that he had
Quentin Tarantino with his first film from 1992: This film included names like those of Reservoir Dogs. Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Lawrence Tierney and Tim Roth.
Reservoir Dogs introduces us to Mr. Joe, who brings together a group of six robbers who do not know each other to put together a plan and rob a jewelry store. The fact that they do not know each other serves to avoid the existence of a “rat” in the group. However, from the moment of the election, there is already one, and during the robbery there is a confrontation with the police that eliminates some, wounds others and despairs the rest. The dynamic that Tarantino establishes with the dialogues and the development of the characters in would become one of the key elements of his filmography: music, tense atmospheres, innocuous dialogues, and more. Reservoir Dogs
Is available in Reservoir Dogs MGM.
Damien Chazelle This is the directorial debut of Damien Chazelle, who later directed Whiplash it took home the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2014. La La Land (winner-NOT-winner of the Oscar for Best Picture), First Man and Babylon.
This film stars Miles Teller as a student named
Andrew Neyman who studies music in New York at one of the most prestigious schools in the entire country. One day, while playing the drums, he catches the attention of Mr. Fletcher, a cruel and ruthless teacher who is also the director of the jazz band.
Is available in Whiplash Netflix.
Miles Teller and JK Simmons in ‘Wiplash’. Photo: Sony Pictures
psychological and physical torture, humiliation, mind games, Flecther takes some of his students to the limit to turn them into the key players in the world of music., especially in the underworld of jazz. But the film constantly raises the question: If Andrew doesn’t bleed under Fletcher, wouldn’t the world be missing out on a great musician? And: what is the real cost?
This film marked a before and after in the film industry in many ways. First because it represented
introducing Chazelle as one of the most promising filmmakers, taking home the Oscar for Best Director at age 32, the youngest in history. Also because of the film’s narrative, the use of sound and music and many other aspects that have not only made it the favorite of this Sundance list, but of many other spaces.
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