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Right now, over in Utah, and specifically in Park City, the 2019 Sundance Film Festival is going on. We’ve got coverage at The Awards Circuit for you, of course. However, while those posts look forward, today we want to look back. Namely, we want to ask you about the best movies to come out of the festival. What are your choice works that emerged from Sundance?
To be sure, popular choices reside in the films that emerged from the fest and went on to Oscar glory. Names that spring to mind include “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Juno,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “Once,” and “Whiplash.” That’s only the tip of the sword, to be sure. Most years, at least one or two things break through and move from Park City to Hollywood’s Biggest Night. Sundance has yet to have a Best Picture winner, but nominees are not a problem for the festival. Any list of Sundance’s best could easily comprise some of those.
Beyond the prestige players, Sundance always offers a host of great works that end up flying below the radar. Last year, “Hearts Beat Loud” went from Park City darling to massively under-seen crowd pleaser. The year before, filmmaker Brett Haley had a similar fate with “The Hero,” which contained one of newly minted Academy Award nominee Sam Elliott‘s best performances. That’s another Sundance staple. You get terrific bits of cinema, but then they can struggle to find the audience that they deserve.
It’s your turn to chime in. What are your favorite films to come out of Sundance? Let us know!