The 9 must-see movies showing at Sundance Film Festival 2022

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Sundance Film Festival 2022 is back for another year, and this time it has gone completely digital – running from January 20 to 30, the indie festival is completely online. There are 82 feature-length movies to watch, 75 of which have world premieres, so we’ve narrowed down this massive selection of movies to pick your must-watches.

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Sundance has something for everyone in front of and behind the camera, from Sigourney Weaver to Jesse Eisenberg, and from thrillers to sci-fi to satirical comedy. Read on to find out our recommendations, which include 892, Onk for Jesus, Save Your Soul and The Worst Person in the World.

892

892 stars John Boyega, Nicole Behari, Connie Britton, and the late Michael K. Williams in one of his final performances. Based on true events, Boyega plays a maritime veteran struggling to rejoin civilian life. In severe financial trouble and facing homelessness, he decides to take extreme measures to get the money he needs – he goes to a bank and claims he has a bomb.

call jane

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Call Jane tells the story of Jane Collective, an underground organization in Chicago that helped women get abortions in their 60s, when the procedure was still illegal. The cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Chris Messina, Kate Mara and Wunmi Mosaku. It was directed by Phyllis Nagy, who wrote the screenplay for Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Honor to Jesus, save your soul

Hone for Jesus, Save Your Soul was produced by Daniel Kaluuya and produced by Regina King and Sterling K. Brown starred as a disgraced pastor of a Southern Baptist megachurch and his wife, who are desperately trying to take down the clergy’s pieces after a major scandal. fall from grace The satirical derision tackles benevolent religion and sounds like a must-watch for fans of The Righteous Gemstone.

dual

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In Dual, Karen Gillan plays Sarah, a terminally ill woman who clones herself to save her family from the pain of losing her. However, when she makes a miraculous recovery, she is faced with a new problem – she and her clone must now fight to the death in a court-mandated dual, as they cannot both exist. Aaron Paul and Jesse Eisenberg also star in this sci-fi thriller.

Emily the Criminal

In Emily the Criminal, Aubrey Plaza stars as Emily (the criminal). She follows a woman in debt who becomes involved in a credit card scam, which in turn turns her into the deadly criminal underworld of Los Angeles. Gina Gershon, Theo Rossi, and Jonathan Avigdori also starred and Plaza was a producer on the project.

fresh

Starring Sebastian Stan and Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones, Fresh follows a young woman’s fight to escape the “unusual hunger” of her new lover. Adam McKay, director of The Big Short and Don’t Look Up, was the producer of the project. And in case you missed it at Sundance, it’s one of the few movies on this list that has a release date — it’s due to hit Hulu on March 4.

when you finish saving the world

The directorial debut of Jesse Eisenberg was produced by Emma Stone and starred Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard. The pair play Evelyn and Ziggy, a disconnected mother and son who each seek replacements for the other – Evelyn tries to find a teenager working at a shelter, while Ziggy is a young woman at her school. tries to impress. A24’s family drama is based on Eisenberg’s audio drama of the same name.

after yango

Starring Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Justin H. Min of The Umbrella Academy, After Yang is set in a world where robots are bought as live-in babysitters. A father and daughter grapple with questions of love and loss as they try to save their robotic family member after an unexpected breakup.

the worst person in the world

Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier, The Worst Person in the World follows Julie (Renate Reinsway) through the four years of her life as she struggles with her love life and finds the right career path. The film received critical acclaim after premiering at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and won Reinesway the festival’s award for Best Actress.

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