Sundance 2021 Movie Guide

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Sundance 2021 Movie Guide

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1. CODA (2021)

111 min | Drama

72 Metascore

As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her fear of abandoning her parents.

Director: Sian Heder | Stars: Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant

Votes: 265

Category: U.S. Dramatic

2. I Was a Simple Man (2021)

100 min | Drama

A family in Hawai'i faces the imminent death of their eldest as the ghosts of the past haunt the countryside.

Director: Christopher Makoto Yogi | Stars: Steve Iwamoto, Constance Wu, Tim Chiou, Kanoa Goo

Votes: 56

Category: U.S. Dramatic

3. Jockey (2021)

94 min | Drama

79 Metascore

An aging jockey aims for a final championship, when a rookie rider arrives claiming to be his son.

Director: Clint Bentley | Stars: Clifton Collins Jr., Moises Arias, Molly Parker, Logan Cormier

Votes: 76

Category: U.S. Dramatic

4. John and the Hole (2021)

98 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

A coming-of-age psychological thriller that plays out the unsettling reality of a kid who holds his family captive in a hole in the ground.

Director: Pascual Sisto | Stars: Charlie Shotwell, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Ehle, Taissa Farmiga

Votes: 169

Category: U.S. Dramatic

5. Mayday (2021)

100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Ana is transported to a dreamlike and dangerous land where she joins an army of girls engaged in a never-ending war along a rugged coast. Though she finds strength in this exhilarating ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Cinorre | Stars: Grace Van Patten, Mia Goth, Soko, Francesco Piacentini-Smith

Votes: 111

Category: U.S. Dramatic

6. On the Count of Three (2021)

84 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Two guns. Two best friends. And a pact to end their lives when the day is done.

Director: Jerrod Carmichael | Stars: Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, Lavell Crawford

Votes: 194

Category: U.S. Dramatic

7. Passing (2021)

98 min | Drama

84 Metascore

"Passing" follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.

Director: Rebecca Hall | Stars: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Bill Camp

Votes: 152

Category: U.S. Dramatic

8. Superior (2021)

97 min | Drama, Thriller

On the run, Marian returns to her hometown to hide out with her identical twin sister, Vivian, and in doing so alters the trajectory of both their lives.

Director: Erin Vassilopoulos | Stars: Alessandra Mesa, Ani Mesa, Pico Alexander, Jake Hoffman

Votes: 93

Category: U.S. Dramatic

9. Together Together (2021)

R | 90 min | Comedy

66 Metascore

When a young loner becomes the gestational surrogate for a single man in his 40s, the two strangers come to realize this unexpected relationship will challenge their perceptions of connection, boundaries and the particulars of love.

Director: Nikole Beckwith | Stars: Patti Harrison, Ed Helms, Rosalind Chao, Timm Sharp

Votes: 87

Category: U.S. Dramatic

10. Wild Indian (2021)

90 min | Thriller

71 Metascore

Two men learn to confront a traumatic secret they share involving the savage murder of a schoolmate.

Director: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. | Stars: Michael Greyeyes, Kirstyn Anderson, Evan Assante, Kate Bosworth

Votes: 120

Category: U.S. Dramatic

11. Ailey (2021)

82 min | Documentary

An immersive portrait of dance pioneer Alvin Ailey, told through his own words and a new dance inspired by his life.

Director: Jamila Wignot | Stars: Alvin Ailey, George Faison, Judith Jamison

Votes: 29

Category: U.S. Documentary Competition

12. All Light, Everywhere (2021)

105 min | Documentary

A far-ranging look at the biases in how we see things, focusing on the use of police body cameras.

Director: Theo Anthony | Stars: Keaver Brenai, Robert Cunniff

Votes: 33

Category: U.S. Documentary Competition

13. At the Ready (2021)

96 min | Documentary

A group of seniors train to become police officers and Border Patrol agents at El Paso’s Horizon High School, near the U.S./Mexico border.

Director: Maisie Crow

Votes: 35

Category: U.S. Documentary Competition

14. Cusp (2021)

92 min | Documentary

In a Texas military town, three teenage girls confront the dark corners of adolescence at the end of a fever dream summer.

Directors: Isabel Bethencourt, Parker Hill | Stars: Aaloni Cook, Brittney Marsh, Autumn Smalley

Votes: 57

Category: U.S. Documentary Competition

15. Homeroom (2021)

90 min | Documentary

Oakland as a tantalizing case study. In a city that struggles with rising crime and health care woes, its public school systems aren't exactly equipped to prepare youth for the travails of young adulthood.

Director: Peter Nicks | Stars: Denilson Garibo, Libby Schaaf

Votes: 34

Category: U.S. Documentary Competition

16. Rebel Hearts (2021)

99 min | Documentary

A look at Los Angeles's Sisters of the Immaculate Heart, nuns who challenged the patriarchal conventions of the Catholic Church 50 years ago and are still taking a stand today.

Director: Pedro Kos | Stars: Anita Caspary, Helen Kelley, Corita Kent, Pat Reif

Votes: 35

Category: U.S. Documentary Competition

17. Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It (2021)

90 min | Documentary

A look at the life and work of Rita Moreno from her humble beginnings in Puerto Rico to her success on Broadway and in Hollywood.

Director: Mariem Pérez Riera | Stars: Norman Lear, Morgan Freeman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eva Longoria

Votes: 36

Category: U.S. Documentary Competition

18. Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021)

117 min | Documentary

94 Metascore

Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is a feature documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity.

Director: Questlove | Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Rock, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone

Votes: 116

Category: U.S. Documentary Competition

19. Try Harder! (2021)

85 min | Documentary

In a universe where cool kids are nerds, the orchestra is world class and being Asian American is the norm, seniors at Lowell High School compete for the top prize: admission to the college of their dreams.

Director: Debbie Lum

Votes: 30

Category: U.S. Documentary Competition

20. Users (2021)

81 min | Documentary

Documentary explores how humanity expresses itself with technology and the intended and unintended consequences of our tech-dominated world.

Director: Natalia Almada

Votes: 22

Category: U.S. Documentary Competition

21. The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet (2021)

73 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Sebastián, a man in his thirties, works a series of temporary jobs and he embraces love at every opportunity. He transforms, through a series of short encounters, as the world flirts with possible apocalypse.

Director: Ana Katz | Stars: Daniel Katz, Valeria Lois, Mirella Pascual, Carlos Portaluppi

Votes: 47

Category: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

22. El Planeta (2020)

79 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

Amidst the devastation of post-crisis Spain, mother and daughter bluff and grift to keep up the lifestyle they think they deserve, bonding over common tragedy and an impending eviction.

Director: Amalia Ulman | Stars: Saoirse Bertram, Zhou Chen, Ale Ulman, Amalia Ulman

Votes: 52

Category: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

23. Swizerland (2019)

84 min | Drama

A husband and wife in a Himalayan village clash over how to care for their special-needs son.

Director: Ajitpal Singh | Stars: Vinamrata Rai, Chandan Bisht, Harshita Tiwari, Mayank Singh Jaira

Votes: 15

Category: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

24. Hive (2021)

84 min | Drama

70 Metascore

Fahrije's husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo. She sets up her own small business to provide for her kids, but as she fights against a patriarchal society that does not support her, she faces a crucial decision.

Director: Blerta Basholli | Stars: Yllka Gashi, Cun Lajci, Aurita Agushi, Kumrije Hoxha

Votes: 213

Category: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

25. Human Factors (2021)

102 min | Drama

A mysterious home invasion triggers off a shake in the core of a cosmopolitan middle-class family and unveils the fragility of truth and the power of individual perspective.

Director: Ronny Trocker | Stars: Mark Waschke, Spencer Bogaert, Sabine Timoteo, Jule Hermann

Votes: 67

Category: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

26. Luzzu (2021)

94 min | Drama

A man risks everything to provide for his wife and newborn son by entering Malta's black-market fishing industry.

Director: Alex Camilleri | Stars: Jesmark Scicluna, Michela Farrugia, David Scicluna, Frida Cauchi

Votes: 64

Category: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

27. One for the Road (I) (2021)

136 min | Drama

Boss, a high end club owner living in New York, who receives a call from his friend in Thailand, Aood, revealing he is in the last stages of terminal cancer.

Director: Baz Poonpiriya | Stars: Thanapob Leeratanakajorn, Ice Natara, Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Violette Wautier

Votes: 113

Category: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

28. The Pink Cloud (2021)

105 min | Drama

After a toxic and mysterious pink cloud appeared, Giovana finds herself stuck in a flat with a man she just met, changing her life in a way she never expected.

Director: Iuli Gerbase | Stars: Renata de Lélis, Eduardo Mendonça, Helena Becker, Girley Paes

Votes: 62

Category: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

29. Pleasure (2021)

109 min | Drama

74 Metascore

19-year-old Linnéa leaves her small town life in Sweden for Los Angeles to become Jessica, the world's next big porn star. But the road to her goal turns out to be bumpier than she imagined.

Director: Ninja Thyberg | Stars: Sofia Kappel, Revika Anne Reustle, Evelyn Claire, Chris Cock

Votes: 345

Category: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

30. Prime Time (2021)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

In 1999 Sebastian locks himself in a TV studio. He has two hostages, a gun, and an important message for the world.

Director: Jakub Piatek | Stars: Bartosz Bielenia, Malgorzata Hajewska, Cezary Kosinski, Magdalena Poplawska

Votes: 72

Category: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

31. Faya Dayi (2021)

120 min | Documentary

A spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar, immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf Sufi Muslims chewed for centuries for religious meditations - and Ethiopia's most lucrative cash crop today.

Director: Jessica Beshir

Votes: 9

Category: World Cinema Documentary

32. Flee (2021)

83 min | Documentary, Animation

91 Metascore

FLEE tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time.

Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen | Star: Rashid Aitouganov

Votes: 197

Category: World Cinema Documentary

33. Misha and the Wolves (2021)

90 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Misha and the Wolves is the dramatic tale of a woman whose holocaust memoir took the world by storm, but a fallout with her publisher - who turned detective - revealed an audacious deception created to hide a darker truth.

Director: Sam Hobkinson | Star: Misha Defonseca

Votes: 64

Category: World Cinema Documentary

34. President (2021)

130 min | Documentary

Zimbabwe is at a crossroads. The leader of the opposition MDC party, Nelson Chamisa, challenges the old guard ZANU-PF led by Emmerson Mnangagwa, known as "The Crocodile." The election tests both the ruling party and the opposition.

Director: Camilla Nielsson

Votes: 15

Category: World Cinema Documentary

35. The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021)

93 min | Documentary

In 1971, due to the world premiere of Death in Venice, Italian director Lucino Visconti proclaimed his Tadzio as the world's most beautiful boy. A shadow that today, 50 years later, weighs Björn Andresen's life.

Directors: Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri | Stars: Annike Andresen, Björn Andrésen, Silva Filmer, Riyoko Ikeda

Votes: 47

Category: World Cinema Documentary

36. Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story (2021)

95 min | Documentary

Pioneering scuba diver Valerie Taylor, who has dedicated her life to exposing the myth surrounding our fear of sharks.

Director: Sally Aitken | Star: Valerie Taylor

Votes: 45

Category: World Cinema Documentary

37. Sabaya (2021)

90 min | Documentary

Film follows a group into Syria's Al-Hol, a dangerous camp in the Middle East, as they risk their lives to save a women being held by ISIS as abducted sex slaves.

Director: Hogir Hirori

Votes: 48

Category: World Cinema Documentary

38. Taming the Garden (2021)

86 min | Documentary

Documentary follows trees that are transported, at great expense and inconvenience, from the coast of the Republic of Georgia to the private garden of that country's former prime minister.

Director: Salomé Jashi

Votes: 20

Category: World Cinema Documentary

39. Writing with Fire (2021)

92 min | Documentary

In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit women. Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, redefining what it means to be powerful.

Directors: Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas

Votes: 52

Category: World Cinema Documentary

40. The Blazing World (2021)

101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Decades after the accidental drowning of her twin sister, a self-destructive young woman returns to her family home, finding herself drawn to an alternate dimension where her sister may still be alive.

Director: Carlson Young | Stars: Ace Anderson, Sophia Bernard, Laurel Day, Josie Fink

Votes: 115

Category: Next

41. Cryptozoo (2021)

95 min | Animation

78 Metascore

Cryptozookeepers try to capture a Baku, a dream-eating hybrid creature of legend, and start wondering if they should display these beasts or keep them hidden and unknown.

Director: Dash Shaw | Stars: Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Emily Davis, Alex Karpovsky

Votes: 122

Category: Next

42. First Date (II) (2021)

103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

48 Metascore

After being conned into buying a shady '65 Chrysler, Mike's first date plans with girl-next-door Kelsey implode as he finds himself targeted by criminals, cops, and a crazy cat lady.

Directors: Manuel Crosby, Darren Knapp | Stars: Tyson Brown, Shelby Duclos, Jesse Janzen, Ryan Quinn Adams

Votes: 104

Category: Next

43. Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021)

93 min | Drama, Romance

A surprise reunion in the South of France reignites passions and jealousies between two women who were formerly polyamorous lovers.

Director: Marion Hill | Stars: Idella Johnson, Hannah Pepper, Lucien Guignard, Sivan Noam Shimon

Votes: 44

Category: Next

44. R#J (2021)

91 min | Drama

47 Metascore

A modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet'.

Director: Carey Williams | Stars: DeShawn Cavanaugh, RJ Cyler, María Gabriela de Faría, Denise Dorado

Votes: 52

Category: Next

45. Searchers (2021)

81 min | Documentary

Alternately humorous and touching, Searchers draws on encounters with a diverse set of New Yorkers as they navigate their preferred dating apps, searching for their special someone.

Director: Pacho Velez | Star: Ruddy Harootian

Votes: 21

Category: Next