10 films to keep an eye on in 2020 that debuts at the Sundance Festival

10 films to keep an eye on in 2020 that debuts at the Sundance Festival

THE Sundance Festival 2020 there comes, and the festival always has good films that are released there and thus starting a new crop of productions for the year that begins.

This year’s edition starts on the 27th and runs through February 3. Thus, we will have premieres of films that have just been made, recorded and edited, where most do not even have a studio behind yet, and that the producers use the event to sell their fish, and of course, guarantee a long road for the films until the next award season.

Some of the films that made their debut at the festival, even made it to the Oscars, Call Me By Your Name and Run! and others with a lot of buzz arrived in theaters with a huge hype as is the case of Seeking out... and Hereditary.

We have separated some films worth keeping an eye on:


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Reasons? Julia Louis Dreyfus and Will Farrell

The film directed by the duo Nat Faxon, Jim Rash is an American version of the Swedish feature Force Majeure, 2014, and which received the national title of Force Majeure.

In the plot, we will accompany a family that is trapped during a snowfall, after the father leaves the place thinking about his own safety.

Developer: FOX Searchlight.
Chances of arriving in theaters in Brazil: Reasonable. The film already has FOX distribution in the USA. The Brazilian subsidiary did not comment on the exhibition here.

Four Good Days

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Reasons? Mila Kunis and Glenn Close.

In the plot we follow Deb (Close) who should be happy to have her daughter visit Molly (Kunis) in your home again. On the contrary, she is terrified. Seeing it this way, it seems that Deb is cruel, not letting Molly get mad at her. What happens is that the girl is a drug addict who has been to several rehabilitation clinics over the years, saying that she always wanted to get better, but then stole money from her family.

After Deb refuses to give her daughter another chance, she begins to notice small flashes of the child she knew in this now troubled adult woman. Did the daughter really change, or does Deb just want to believe that?

Producer: Indigenous Media.
Chances of arriving in theaters in Brazil: Great, due to the cast, and the possibility of prominence in the awards season.

Save Yourselves!

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Reasons? It seems to be a fun comedy.

In the plot we follow Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani) a hipster couple from the Brooklyn neighborhood who, like their colleagues, are completely dependent on their phones. To change that, they decide to rent an isolated cabin in the forest and try to spend a few days disconnected from the world. Without the pressure of looking at their notifications and social networks, the couple is unaware that aliens attack Earth. As strange events happen they need to try to get back to civilization … or what’s left of it.

Chances of reaching theaters in Brazil: Almost zero. At most streaming.

Palm Springs

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Reasons? Strong names in the cast.

Arrested in Palm Springs for the wedding of her younger sister, the Sarah’s godmother and black sheep meets Nyles, the fun guest of another godmother. Thus, the duo will come together to embrace the idea that nothing is worthwhile, where the two will come together to end the festive spirit that dominates the place.

In the cast we have Cristin Milioti, Andy Samberg, Peter Gallagher, JK Simmons, Camila Mendes, Meredith Hagner, and Tyler Hoechlin.

Chances of reaching theaters in Brazil: Reasonable. Perhaps some smaller production company, such as Paris Filmes or Imagem Filmes will be interested if the film stands out at the Festival.

The Father

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Reasons? Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman.

In the plot we follow Anthony (Hopkins) a man over 80 who has already rejected all the caregivers his daughter Anne (Colman) hired. Anne is desperate for help, after all, she cannot visit her father every day and his condition only gets worse. Anna despairs as her father’s life is at an end, but should she live her own life?

Developer: Embankment Films.

Chances of reaching theaters in Brazil: Great. The Father shouts Oscar, and the producer who buys him will be smart. The film looks like Focus Features or even Amazon Studios.

Sony Classics bought the film in the USA. In Brazil, the drama arrives at California Filmes.

Promising Young Woman

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In the plot we follow Cassie (Carey Mulligan), a woman traumatized by events from her past, who seeks revenge against all men who cross her path.

In the cast we still have Laverne Cox, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Lowell, Sam Richardson, Molly Shannon, and Clancy Brown.

Chances of arriving in theaters in Brazil: Reasonable. The film is already distributed by Universal Pictures. The Brazilian subsidiary has not yet announced its interest in national distribution of the film, but it should!

The Glorias

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Reasons? Cast of weight!

Journalist and feminist icon Gloria Steinem is recognized worldwide for her participation in struggles for women’s rights and her phrases have already impacted generations of women. In this non-traditional biography, a group of 5 Glorias recount the story of Gloria Steinem during a bus trip. They go through Steinem’s trajectory from her time in India, until the founding of Ms. Magazine in New York until her involvement in the feminist moment in the 1960s.

The cast includes Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Janelle Monáe, Timothy Hutton, and Bette Midler.

Chances of arriving in theaters in Brazil: Reasonable. The film should arrive at some small producer here in Brazil.

The Last Thing He Wanted

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Reasons? Anne Hathaway!

From the director Dee Rees, the film is an adaptation of Joan Didion who accompanies a Washington journalist (Anne Hathaway) who finds it difficult to write a story because it is too close to the facts.

In the cast we still have Willem Dafoe, Rosie Perez and Ben Affleck.

Chances of reaching theaters in Brazil: Yes. Netflix bought the rights to the film and should arrive in the catalog in 2020.

Lost Girls

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Reasons? Strong story.

Inspired by real events, the director Liz Garbus tells the story of the police officer Mari Gilbert (Amy Ryan) who investigates the disappearance of his daughter. The search for the young woman takes her to a community where more than 10 call girls have been murdered.

Chances of reaching theaters in Brazil: Yes. Netflix bought the rights to the film and should arrive in the catalog in 2020.

Nine Days

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Reasons? Look at the freak! A mix BBB with The Good Place.

And if being born is not the beginning of life, but the goal to be achieved? In a house, far from the reality we live in, a recluse man named Will interviews candidates who are personifications of human souls for the privilege he once had: being born. Five candidates stand out. Over the course of nine days, Will will test them, but he can only choose one. The winner will have the opportunity to become a newborn in the real world, while the others will disappear … nine days is all they will live for.

The cast includes Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Bill Skargard, Tony Hale and David Rysdah. The direction is with the Brazilian Edson Oda.

Chances of reaching theaters in Brazil: Yes. If Sundance audiences embark on the film, and the feature wins a hype large is capable of the feature film reaching national cinemas.

You can read the list of all films that open at Sundance here.

[Atualização em 21 de janeiro]