Sundance Film Festival 2023 Highlights: Part 2


of 2023 Sundance Film Festival continues this week with more premieres at venues in Park City, Utah, and virtual screenings available nationwide via Sundance’s digital platform from January 24-30.

Not all films have been previewed at press time, but below are some of the highlights. Additional highlights will be revealed as Sundance continues. [Click here to read Part 1 of our coverage.]

“Bad Press” (world premiere)

Not everyone in the United States is protected by the freedoms established in the U.S. Constitution. For example, on most Native American Reservations there are no codified protections for free speech, so media members are subject to the whims and reprisals of officials when reporting “bad” news. Tribal officials in Oklahoma’s Muskogee Nation have repealed free press laws (e.g., laws protecting journalists who write about corruption by tribal officials) so that all articles published in local newspapers are subject to tribal councils. When voting to watch, activists and reporters fight for ballot proposals that add press freedom to the tribal constitution. This is unprecedented.

Directors Rebecca Lansbury-Baker and Joe Peeler share the vivid story of the fight for transparency and the challenges facing reporters. tell me. Screen January 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th. Stream online January 24-30.

“Food and Country” (world premiere)

Food writer and former Los Angeles Times and New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichl has argued that the systemic flaws in the American food and restaurant industry and the upheaval caused by the effects of the coronavirus shutdown are some I stand before this documentary on how it has created great detriment for some and opportunity for others. Speaking to restaurateurs, chefs, independent organic farmers and ranchers, Reichl and director Laura Gabbert reveal how the U.S. food distribution system was in decline even before coronavirus. (result of policies aimed at maximizing cheap food in the hands of large corporations). wrecked the supply chain. Reichl also revisits her journey as a food writer, witnessing the growth of a new movement built on healthier, locally sourced foods. Screen January 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29. Stream online January 24-30.

A scene from the documentary “King Cole”.

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“King Cole” (world premiere)

The documentary, directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon, tells the personal story of growing up in Central Appalachia under the omnipotence of coal, and how communities feel when watched over by this black commodity hewn from the mountains. Every aspect of her town life, from work and school to sports and festivals, revolves around coal. Here it seems unthinkable to exist without it. Dying away from its shadow seems unimaginable. The narrator says, “Sometimes I wonder if this curse can be broken.” Screen January 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. Stream online January 24-30.

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Laura Campbell in “Scrapper.”


“Scrapper” (world premiere)

After the death of her mother, 12-year-old Georgie (winner Laura Campbell) lives alone in her London apartment, dodging the curiosity of social workers and making money stealing bicycles. But when her father, Jason, shows up at her door after abandoning her as a baby, Georgie realizes her self-sufficient life is over and she becomes the responsibility of someone she doesn’t trust. (And who doesn’t seem to have the power to earn.)

In her first feature film, director Charlotte Regan tells the story of a broken family through the imagination of a girl whose father is shamed by Moxie and Wiles. Get a good performance from Dickinson (“The Triangle of Sorrow”) and grace the film with hints of magical realism and fake documentary interviews (not to mention talking spiders). Screen January 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th. Stream online January 24-30.

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Valentina Veris Caileo in “Sorcery”.

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“Sorcery” (world premiere)

Valentina Véliz Caileo gives a clear-eyed and unnerving performance in a macabre magical tale from Chile set “based on real events” on an island off the coast of Chile in 1880. After her father is killed at the hands of a German settler employer, 13-year-old Rosa from Huilliche seeks justice from town officials. When no one comes, she calls on locals called witches for supernatural help and a lesson in vengeance alchemy. Costumes, greatly aided by Maria Secco’s earthy cinematography, evoke great period detail in this clash between European white immigrants and indigenous traditions. Screen January 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th. Stream online January 24-30.

To see the Sorcery trailer, click the video player below.

Sorcery (2023) | Trailer | Christopher Murray To
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“Watami” (world premiere)

In a seaside village in Africa, a faith healer acting as an intermediary for the water goddess Mami Wata failed to save the life of a child. The village is then torn apart by a desire to ally itself with extremists who reject God and promise technological advances such as schools and health care, while the daughters and guardians of the intermediaries decide which way the community will go. I have a hard time deciding what to do.

Captured in shimmering black and white, the hypnotizing tale by writer-director CJ “Fiery” Obasi presents a society out of time, on the cusp of modernization, but with a spiritual bond. unwilling or unable to let go of Screen January 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. Stream online January 24-30.

To see a clip of “Mami Wata” click on the video player below.

“Our people need you” | MAMI WATA First Look Clip featuring Evelyne Ily, Uzoamaka Aniuno To
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Brooke Shields in the documentary series Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields.


“Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” (world premiere)

Even before she grew up to be a beautiful young woman who graced magazine covers and jeans ads with harmless, compelling clarity, Brooke Shields was a beautiful child. Her image has been sexualized by directors seeking to capitalize on society’s fascination with eroticism in young women. talking about what Because she was led on a shady mission to exploit her looks by the commercial enterprise Phalanx and her mother/manager. Deep down she is doing her best, but her alcoholism may be weakening her judgment and her will to protect her as she should. .

Shields talks about her break from Hollywood when she attended Princeton University — a bit of normalcy that defied allegations that she was brainless in all her beauty — and that she was allowed to act in comedy. But the film reveals that she was a victim of rape, with tennis star Andre Agassi. her failed marriage, her struggles with postpartum depression, and when she defended herself and other mothers who struggled with depression. I’m here. She accused Tom Cruise of criticizing him for seeking help through antidepressants. Below, “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” shows a survivor, a woman, who overcame the celebrity status that lit and stifled her. Screen January 23rd, 24th, 27th and 28th. Not available online. No release date has been announced for his two-part documentary series on Hulu.

Designer Aubrey “Poe” Powell made a decidedly unusual choice for the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1970 album Atom Heart Mother: A photograph of a cow in a field. Documentary “Squaring the Circle” Than.

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“Squaring the Circle”

It was a golden age for music, described by one interviewee as a poor man’s art collection for a 12-inch vinyl album cover. Album covers from artists like Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney and Wings, 10cc, Peter Gabriel, etc. They ranged from the psychedelic (“A Saucerful of Secrets”) to the iconic (prism in “The Prism”), pink his Floyd was best known for the cover of Dark Side of the Moon”), Strange (flying pigs in “Animals”).

This entertaining documentary takes you back to the 1968-1980s, when progressive rock bands and former art school students entertained new ideas about visual representation and marketing of music. And money was not an issue. Fly to the Sahara Desert to shoot a red soccer ball in the desert? Why not? set a man on fire? sure thing! The story behind the creation of Hypnosis, its growing international reputation, collaborations with musicians, and Thorgerson (who died in 2013 and has been described as the rudest person and genius ever) and , reveals the interpersonal struggles between Thorgerson and nearly everyone he meets. An era when music felt more like a power to change the world than a commodity. With each new album release, the team at Hipgnosis did just that. Screened on January 25th, 26th and 28th. Stream online January 24-30.

Click the video player below to see a clip of “Squaring the Circle.”

SQUARING THE CIRCLE | Clips | Anton Corbijn | Raindog Movies To
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Michael J. Fox, “Still: The Michael J. Fox Movie.”

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“Still: The Films of Michael J. Fox” (world premiere)

A new documentary by Davis Guggenheim (Oscar winner for “An Inconvenient Truth”) details the life and career of Michael J. Fox. His success on the TV sitcoms “Family Ties” and “Back to the Future” catapulted the young actor to incredible heights, but he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at an unusually young age. I was secretly terrified of what had happened. , and to engage in actor tricks to hide his suffering.

The film deftly juxtaposes footage of Fox’s early roles with scenes from recent interviews and physical therapy to show his severe decline in his ability to control his body. He speaks movingly about his marriage to Tracy Pollan and his family, and his determination to find a cure for an “incurable disease.” Screenings are January 25th, 27th and 29th. Not available online. Coming soon to Apple TV+.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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