I will attend the Sundance Film Festival for my fourth year in a row, and for the second straight year. I will be covering it for Hidden Remote and couldn’t be more excited. So today, I share with you my most anticipated movies from the festival.
Over the last few years, we have seen some truly incredible films from Sundance. From Mass to On the Count of Three and Fresh to Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. We are in store for another great year for films with a loaded slate of talent. We have movies starring with the likes of Emilia Clarke, Anne Hathaway, and Jonathan Majors. You can follow along with my coverage beginning Jan. 21, 2023.
2023 Sundance Film Festival most anticipated movies
The Pod Generation
In a not-so-distant future, amid a society madly in love with technology, tech giant Pegazus offers couples the opportunity to share their pregnancies via detachable artificial wombs or pods. And so begins Rachel and Alvy’s wild ride to parenthood in this brave new world. The movie stars Emilia Clark and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Sometimes I Think About Dying
Fran likes to think about dying. It brings sensation to her quiet life. When she makes the new guy at work laugh, it leads to more: a date, a slice of pie, a conversation, a spark. The only thing standing in their way is Fran herself. Sometimes I Think About Dying Daisy Ridley, Dave Merheje and Brittany O’Grady.
An amateur bodybuilder struggles to find human connection as his relentless drive for recognition pushes him to the brink, starring Jonathan Majors (have you seen the picture that broke the internet?).
James and Em Foster take off to an all-inclusive beach getaway in the fictional state of Li Tolqa to help jump-start his writer’s block. Their lazy days are spent relegated to their pricey resort, isolated from the surrounding land. Gabby introduces herself and her partner, Al, as she’s a fan of James’ last novel, and they would like to spend some time together with the Fosters. The couples plan a secret day trip outside the compound that ends in a fatal accident with James to blame. For a hefty price, there are loopholes to aid foreign travelers convicted of crimes there, which is how James is first introduced to a perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism. The movie stars Mia Goth and Alexander Skarsgård.
A Thousand and One
Struggling but unapologetically living on her own terms, Inez is moving from shelter to shelter in mid-1990s New York City. With her 6-year-old son Terry in foster care and unable to leave him again, she kidnaps him so they can build their life together. As the years go by, their family grows and Terry becomes a smart yet quiet teenager, but the secret that has defined their lives threatens to destroy the home they have so improbably built. Starring Teyana Taylor.
Ben, a struggling filmmaker, lives in Berkeley, California, with his girlfriend, Miko, who works for a local Asian American film festival. When he’s not managing an art-house movie theater as his day job, Ben spends his time obsessing over unavailable blond women, watching Criterion Collection DVDs, and eating in diners with his best friend, Alice, a queer grad student with a serial dating habit. When Miko moves to New York for an internship, Ben is left to his own devices and begins to explore what he thinks he might want. Shortcomings stars Justin H. Min and sees the directorial debut of Randall Park.
What movies are you excited to see or hear about at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival?