Sundance Film Festival 2013

This is a list of all the movies I have seen from Sundance 2013, in chronological viewing order (see also the titles left on my pre-festival interest list).

Film #1 was seen before the festival and then #2 to #15 seen at Sundance itself. I will add post-festival viewings across 2013 at #16 onwards.

Once again it was an excellent festival with an amazing range of titles and not enough time to see everything. All the films which I saw were good, but special mentions for my favourites: Drake Doremus' Breathe In with the ever-wonderful Felicity Jones; Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely; Lucy Walker's The Crash Reel; Fredrik Bond's The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash's The Way, Way Back.

It was great talk with Lucy and Lynn about their films plus briefly meet Fredrik. I also met and chatted with Nicole Kidman along with several other filmmakers across the 5 days.

Onwards to Sundance London in April

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1.
Sightseers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn. (88 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
 
2.
Don Jon (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. (90 mins.)
 
3.
No (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (118 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
 
4.
Touchy Feely (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother's floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch. (88 mins.)
Director: Lynn Shelton
 
5.
Breathe In (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives forever. (98 mins.)
Director: Drake Doremus
 
6.
The Lifeguard (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager. (98 mins.)
Director: Liz W. Garcia
 
7.
The Look of Love (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain's richest man. (101 mins.)
 
8.
The East (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. (116 mins.)
Director: Zal Batmanglij
 
9.
Stoker (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (99 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
10.
The Crash Reel (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce... (108 mins.)
Director: Lucy Walker
 
11.
The Way Way Back (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. (103 mins.)
Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
 
12.
Charlie Countryman (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
While traveling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex. (103 mins.)
Director: Fredrik Bond
 
13.
The Spectacular Now (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl." (95 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
 
14.
In a World... (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé. (93 mins.)
Director: Lake Bell
 
15.
Very Good Girls (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two New York City girls make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time. (91 mins.)
Director: Naomi Foner
 
16.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. (96 mins.)
Director: David Lowery
 
17.
The Truth About Emanuel (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A troubled girl becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. (91 mins.)
 
18.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. (85 mins.)
Director: Ryan Coogler
 
19.
Mud (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. (130 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
 
20.
The Kings of Summer (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. (95 mins.)
 
21.
Upstream Color (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. (96 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
 
22.
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. (104 mins.)
Director: John Krokidas
 
23.
Lovelace (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life. (93 mins.)
 
24.
Adore (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other's sons. (112 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
 
25.
In Fear (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Driving to a music festival in Ireland, a new couple become lost and are then set upon by a tormentor with an unknown motive. (85 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Lovering
 
26.
Afternoon Delight (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable stay-at-home mom. Frustrated with the realities of preschool auctions... (98 mins.)
Director: Jill Soloway
 
27.
Austenland (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Obsessed with Pride and Prejudice, a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman. (97 mins.)
Director: Jerusha Hess
 
28.
Blue Caprice (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An abandoned boy is lured to America and drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father figure. Inspired by the real life events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks. (93 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Moors