Sundance Hot Titles List: 13 Buzzy Films That Have Buyers Talking

Variety | 1/23/2019 | Brent Lang
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There’s a good reason that much of Hollywood braves the thin mountain air each year to make the trek to the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s not to check out the nearby ski slopes. The annual launch of the indie film gathering brings with it the possibility of discovering the next big thing in moviemaking. Sundance has played a critical role in the careers of such A-list talent as Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, David O. Russell, and Quentin Tarantino, and has hosted the premieres of such classics as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” and “Manchester by the Sea.”

The prospect of finding the rare indie movie that can break out of the arthouse has inspired a lot of all-night bidding wars over the years. Sometimes those frenzied negotiations and massive deals pay off, as was the case with “Brooklyn” or “Fruitvale Station.” In other instances, studios end up saddled with movies like “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” that play like gangbusters in Sundance only to wither on the vine when the general public gets a look.

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But like the winter weather that keeps Park City blanketed in snow, you can rely on studios to show up every January, checkbooks in hand, hoping to beat the odds and find some winners. Here are 13 films that seem likely to draw the most attention from buyers at this year’s Sundance.

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Why Buyers Are Circling: LaBeouf reexamines his troubled childhood in a heavily autobiographical drama that finds him essentially playing his own father. With all the tabloid craziness that’s surrounded LaBeouf in recent years (who can forget his drunken visit to Broadway’s “Cabaret”?) it can be easy to forget that he’s a supremely talented...
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