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Sundance 2017: 13 Talents Poised to Break Out At This Year’s Festival

12 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Sundance Film Festival has long been a proving ground for brand new talents and stars-in-the-making looking to catapult their career into the big leagues, and this year’s edition of the lauded fest looks to be no different. From actors to filmmakers, we’ve targeted a batch of up-and-coming talents who are set to make it big at this year’s festival. There may be a familiar face or two among their ranks, but we’re betting that, post-Sundance, they’re going to be just about everywhere from now on.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

Ahead, check out 13 talents we’re excited to see break out at this year’s festival.

Margaret Qualley, actor, “Novitiate

Over the past few years, Margaret Qualley has amassed a notable screen career, between “The Leftovers” and last year’s hypnotic Spike Jonze-directed Kenzo short. »

- Chris O'Falt, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland, Steve Greene and Zack Sharf

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Second Opinion – Manchester by the Sea (2016)

12 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Manchester by the Sea, 2016.

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan.

Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Tate Donovan, C.J Wilson, Gretchen Mol, Kara Hayward, Josh Hamilton, Anna Baryshnikov, and Matthew Broderick.


An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

Few writers/directors understand the minutiae of human interaction quite like Kenneth Lonergan. His films tackle grief and loss with a quietly dignified, murmured confidence. Conversations have the feel of intrusion, the audience as a peeping Tom. It’s emotional voyeurism. With Manchester by the Sea, only Lonergan’s third film in 17 years, he’s carved a masterpiece out of broken bodies and tired souls.

Where thematically his films nod towards the melancholy and the tragic, they manifest as subtext buried beneath far broader ideas. The trailer for Manchester, somewhat smartly, totally avoids this subtext in place of the louder, »

- Amie Cranswick

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