7 Feature Films to Watch at this Year’s Sundance!

This year’s Sundance Film Festival continues today in its second day, bringing a large number of various films from around the world to several screening venues. As we are following-up the festival’s films and updates, we would like to share with you a list of some movies you must watch.

1. Halal Love Assad Fouladkar (95 minutes)

Squabbling newlyweds Batoul and Mokhtar play with fire as they continually threaten divorce over Mokhtar’s possessive jealousy. Their neighbor, Salim, thinks “a bit of nooky fixes everything.” However, Salim’s exhausted wife, Awatef, starts grooming a potential second wife to help deal with his nooky demands, and their precocious daughters come up with their own wild theory about the birds and the bees. Meanwhile Loubna, a divorcée and up-and-coming clothing designer, hopes for a second chance with her first love, green grocer Abu Ahmad, through a potentially scandalous secret marriage.

Screening dates and venues:
– Saturday 23 at 6 PM | Salt Lake City Library Theatre
– Monday 25 at 2:30 PM | Prospector Square Theatre
– Tuesday 26 at 12 PM | Yarrow Hotel Theatre
– Friday 29 at 12 PM | Temple Theatre
– Saturday 30 at 8:30 AM | Holiday Village Cinema 1

2. Captain Fantastic – Matt Ross (120 minutes)

Ben lives with his wife and six young children, isolated from society deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest. A devoted father, Ben dedicates his life to transforming his kids into extraordinary adults. He immerses them in an academically and physically rigorous environment and instills in them a rare and primal connection to the natural world. When a tragedy strikes, the family is forced to leave their self-created paradise. Suddenly the children must face the excitement and the perils of an unfamiliar outside world while Ben is compelled to reexamine his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Screening dates and venues:
– Saturday 23 at 6:30 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 9 AM | Library Center Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 9:15 PM | The Grand Theatre
– Monday 25 at 12 PM | Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room
– Tuesday 26 at 7 PM | Redstone Cinema 2
– Friday 29 at 9 PM | Broadway Centre Cinema 6
– Saturday 30 at 3:30 PM | Eccles Theatre

3. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan (135 minutes)

Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother’s heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

Screening dates and venues:
– Saturday 23 at 3 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 8:30 AM | The Marc
– Sunday 24 at 6 PM | Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
– Tuesday 26 at 6:30 PM | Perry’s Egyptian Theatre
– Friday 29 at 6 PM | Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room
– Saturday 30 at 8:30 PM | Egyptian Theatre
– Sunday 31 at 12:15 PM | Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

4. Swiss Army Man – Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (95 minutes)

Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body washes ashore, and he soon realizes it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new “friend” and an unusual bag of tricks, the duo go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.

Screening dates and venues:
– Friday 22 at 3:30 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Saturday 23 at 6:15 PM | The Grand Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 11:30 PM | Prospector Square Theatre
– Wednesday 27 at 12 PM | Yarrow Hotel Theatre
– Friday 29 at 9 PM | Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room
– Saturday 30 at 11:15 AM | The Marc

5. Love and Friendship – Whit Stillman (94 minutes)

Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, Love & Friendship focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon, who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia, but two particularly handsome suitors complicate her orchestrations.

Screening dates and venues:
– Saturday 23 at 9:45 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 9 AM | Eccles Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 6:15 PM | The Grand Theatre
– Saturday 30 at 6:30 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Sunday 31 at 10 AM | Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room

6. Mr. Pig – Diego Luna (92 minutes)

Eubanks, an old-school pig farmer from Georgia on the brink of losing his family farm, sets off on a road trip with Howard, his beloved and very large pig. As they make their way across the border to Mexico to find “Howie” a new home, Eubanks’ drinking and deteriorating health begin to take a toll, derailing their plans. His estranged daughter, Eunice (Maya Rudolph), is forced to join them on their adventure. Driven by strong convictions and stubbornness in his old ways, Eubanks attempts to make peace through his devotion to Howie and desire to mend his broken relationships.

Screening dates and venues:
– Tuesday 26 at 9:15 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Wednesday 27 at 8:30 AM | The Marc
– Saturday 30 at 6:15 PM | The Grand Theatre

7. The Free World – Jason Lew (100 minutes)

Mo Lundy is a man attempting to move past a brutal two-decade stint in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He spends his days caring for abused animals at a shelter while trying in vain to reintegrate into a world that feels utterly foreign to him. A chance encounter with Doris, an enigmatic kindred spirit equally scarred by violence, lands him in a situation where choosing to do the right thing means risking his hard-won freedom and his life.

Screening dates and venues:
– Tuesday 26 at 12:15 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Wednesday 27 at 9 PM | Library Center Theatre
– Thursday 28 at 12:30 PM | Redstone Cinema 1
– Friday 29 at 8:30 AM | Egyptian Theatre
– Saturday 30 at 12:15 PM | The Grand Theatre

You can follow all our Sundance Film Festival coverage on our hashtag #CineTrotterSFF.
Click here to check the full schedule of the festival.

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