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Sundance Film Festival: London 2023 Announces Packed Programme

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Sundance London 2023

Picturehouse and the Institute have announced today the lineup of feature fiction and documentary films, a specially curated programme of UK-produced short films, and a Gregg Araki retrospective for the 10th edition of Sundance Film Festival: London 2023, taking place from 6 to 9 July at .

The Festival will present 11 feature films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City in January, specially curated for London by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. The festival will close on 9 July with the UK premiere of You Hurt My Feelings, from acclaimed filmmaker Nicole Holofcener (Lovely & Amazing, Enough Said). The Brooklyn-set comedy-drama stars (Veep, Seinfeld) and Tobias Menzies (The Crown) as a couple whose marriage is suddenly upended when she overhears his honest reaction to her latest book.

The Festival previously announced that it will open on 6 July with the UK premiere of Scrapper, written and directed by Londoner Charlotte Regan. The film stars Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats, Triangle of Sadness) and newcomers Lola Campbell and Alin Uzun.

Alongside the opening and closing night films, the Festival will present work by bold filmmakers who explore modern love and identity. Ira Sachs (Little Men, Keep The Lights On) directs Passages, starring Ben Whishaw in the intimate story of a gay couple whose marriage is thrown into crisis when one of them begins a passionate affair with a younger woman.

The full programme includes:

Fairyland (Director and Screenwriter: Andrew Durham)- Fairyland is the story of a gay, single father raising his young daughter in San Francisco during the 1970s and 1980s. Read our review HERE.

Mutt (Director and Screenwriter: Vuk Lungulov-Klotz)- Feña, a young trans guy bustling through life in New York City, is faced with an increasingly challenging day. Over 24 hours, his foreign father, his straight ex-boyfriend, and his 13-year old half-sister thrust back into his life. Having lost touch since transitioning, Feña must navigate the new dynamics of these old relationships while tackling the day-to-day challenges that come with living a life in-between.

Past Lives (Director and Screenwriter: Celine Song)- Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora's family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life, in this heartrending modern romance.

Passages (Director: Ira Sachs)- A gay couple's marriage is thrown into crisis when one of them begins a passionate affair with a younger woman. Read our review HERE.

Scrapper (Director and Screenwriter: Charlotte Regan)- Georgie, a dreamy 12-year-old girl, lives happily alone in her London flat, filling it with magic. Suddenly, her estranged father turns up and forces her to confront reality.

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Talk To Me (Directors: Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou)- When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and opens the door to the spirit world, forcing them to choose who to trust: the dead or the living.

(Director and Screenwriter: Nicole Holofcener)- From acclaimed filmmaker Nicole Holofcener comes a sharply observed comedy about a novelist whose long standing marriage is suddenly upended when she overhears her husband give his honest reaction to her latest book. A film about trust, lies, and the things we say to the people we love most. Read our review HERE.

Fantastic Machine (Directors, Cinematographers and Producers: Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck) – The camera is a fantastic machine. Filmmakers Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck once again turn their cameras directly on society, this time to explore, explain and expose how our unchecked obsession with image has grown to change our human behavior. From Camera Obscura and the Lumieres Brothers all the way to Youtube and the world of social media, the film chronicles how we went from capturing the image of a backyard to a multi-billion- euro content industry in just 200 years. With an exclusive use of archival and found footage, the film uses the very medium it examines, in a self-reflective yet hilarious montage.

Going Varsity in Mariachi (Directors: Alejandra Vasquez, Sam Osborn)- In the competitive world of high school mariachi, the musicians from the South Texas borderlands reign supreme. Under the guidance of Coach Abel Acuña, the teenage captains of Edinburg North High School's acclaimed team must turn a shoestring budget and diverse crew of inexperienced musicians into state champions.

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Invisible Beauty Directors: Bethann Hardison, Frédéric Tcheng)- Invisible Beauty is the story of Bethann Hardison, a fashion revolutionary who has been on the front lines of racial justice in her industry for over five decades. Through her life journey as a pioneering Black model, modeling agent and activist, the film explores race, beauty and representation.

Squaring The Circle (Director: Anton Corbijn)- Celebrated filmmaker, photographer, and creative director Anton Corbijn's first feature documentary tells the story of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell, the creative geniuses behind the iconic album art design studio, Hipgnosis. As Hipgnosis, the pair were responsible for some of the most recognizable album covers of all time, including Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, Paul McCartney and Wings' Band on the Run, and Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy, all three of which celebrate their 50th anniversaries this year. While Storm and Po never played a note, they forever changed how we look at music.

Clare Binns, Managing Director, Picturehouse Cinemas said: “We are delighted to host the tenth Sundance Film Festival: London showcasing the finest independent cinema direct from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival held in January. We look forward to celebrating with the London film community in July for an exciting 4 days filled with bold and thrilling UK premieres on the big screen, inspiring talks and special guest appearances, I am personally thrilled that Gregg Araki will be joining us all at the Festival, whose work exemplifies Sundance and independent film.”

Festival passes are on sale now and tickets are on sale to Picturehouse Members before going on sale Wednesday 9 May.

The 10th edition of Sundance Film Festival: London 2023 is taking place from 6 to 9 July at Picturehouse Central.