Robert Redford promises he will see every single film at the Sundance Film Festival -- eventually. But with more than 180 films on the roster (selected from more than 11,000 submissions) it may take him months to get the job done.
It’s impossible for Redford, or any other festival-goer, to see all the films in the space of 10 days. So, everyone tries to figure out the buzz movies -- the ones they absolutely have to see before leaving town. So far there are a few on that list:
- “West of Memphis.” Peter Jackson of “Lord of the Rings” fame produced this documentary about the notorious case of the Arkansas teenagers convicted of the brutal killing of three boys in 1994. The film points the blame for the crime at another suspect.
- “Celeste and Jesse Forever.” Adorable Rashida Jones of “Parks & Recreation” turns screenwriter for this feature co-starring Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg. It’s a romantic comedy about staying friends with your ex.
- “Under African Skies.” Musician Paul Simon is coming to Sundance for the documentary about the 25th anniversary of his seminal album, “Graceland”. Director Joe Berlinger followed Simon as he returned to South Africa to reunite with the musicians who made the record with him, revisiting the controversy that erupted over “Graceland” when it was released in 1986.
- “The Surrogate.” Academy Award-nominated actor John Hawkes stars as a man in an iron lung who is determined to lose his virginity despite his disability. Helen Hunt plays the sex surrogate hired to help him. It’s based on a true story.
- “Wuthering Heights.” Who would dare remake this classic film? Director Andrea Arnold. And she cast a black actor in the pivotal role of Heathcliff (played by Laurence Olivier in the 1939 original).
- “Ethel.” A documentary about Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Skakel Kennedy, directed lovingly by her youngest daughter, Rory Kennedy. Rory was not yet born when her father was slain in 1968; this movie recounts her mother’s strength in raising a large family after her husband’s death.