Earlier this week, we received the first entries for the 2019 Slamdance film festival. Even though we are fully in Oscar season, movies are already lining up to get a big start to next year’s race. To further bring that home, the granddaddy of American film festivals has announced its first group of films. Today, the 2019 Sundance Film Festival brought out their first films. Below we’ve collected the group of films, casts, and directors bringing their independent projects to Park City. Check out the last below!

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION

“Before You Know It” 

Director: Hannah Pearl Utt

Cast: Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin, Mike Colter, Alec Baldwin

Synopsis: A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirty-something sisters Rachel and Jackie Gurner into a literal soap opera. A journey that proves that you really can come of age, at any age.

“Big Time Adolescence

Director: Jason Orley

Cast: Pete Davidson, Griffin Gluck, Jon Cryer, Sydney Sweeney, Emily Arlook, Colson Baker

Synopsis: A suburban teenager comes of age under the destructive guidance of his best friend, a charismatic college dropout

Brittany Runs A Marathon”

Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo

Cast: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, Micah Stock, Alice Lee

Synopsis: A woman living in New York takes control of her life – one city block at a time.

“Clemency”

Director: Chinonye Chukwu

Cast: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff, Wendell Pierce, Richard Gunn, Danielle Brooks

Synopsis: Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

“The Farewell”

Director: Lulu Wang

Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo

Synopsis: A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

“Hala”

Director: Minhal Baig

Cast: Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna, Purbi Joshi, Azad Khan, Anna Chlumsky

Synopsis: Muslim teenager Hala copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own

“Honey Boy”

Director: Alma Har’el

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe

Synopsis: A child TV star and his ex-rodeo clown father face their stormy past through time and cinema

Imaginary Order”

Director: Debra Eisenstadt

Cast: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Christine Woods, Max Burkholder, Steve Little, Catherine Curtin, Kate Alberts

Synopsis: The sexual, psychological and moral unraveling of an obsessive-compulsive suburban mom.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

Director: Joe Talbot

Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold, Danny Glover

Synopsis: Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind

“Luce”

Director: Julius Onah

Cast: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Tim Roth, Norbert Leo Butz

Synopsis: A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

Ms. Purple”

Director: Justin Chon

Cast: Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano, James Kang

Synopsis: Kasie, stuck in LA’s Koreatown, works as a karaoke hostess getting paid for her companionship by drunken men. When her dad’s hospice nurse quits she reconnects with her estranged brother, Carey, forcing them to enter a period of intense self-reflection as their single father who raised them nears death.

“Native Son”

Director: Rashid Johnson

Cast: Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Bill Camp, Sanaa Lathan

Synopsis: In this modern reimagining of Richard Wright’s seminal novel, a young African-American man named Bigger Thomas takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever.

“Share”

Director: Pippa Bianco

Cast: Rhianne Barreto, Charlie Plummer, Poorna Jagannathan, J.C. MacKenzie, Nick Galitzine, Lovie Simone

Synopsis: After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn’t remember, sixteen-year-old Mandy must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout.

“The Sound of Silence”

Director: Michael Tyburski

Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori, Austin Pendleton

Synopsis: A successful “house tuner” in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people’s homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can’t solve

“Them That Follow”

Directors: Britt Poulton, Dan Madison Savage

Cast: Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, Thomas Mann

Synopsis: Inside a snake-handling church deep in Appalachia, a forbidden relationship forces a pastor’s daughter to confront her community’s deadly tradition.

To The Stars”

Director: Martha Stephens

Cast: Kara Hayward, Liana Liberato, Jordana Spiro, Shea Whigham, Malin Akerman, Tony Hale

Synopsis: Under small-town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer’s daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma.

U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

“Always in Season”

Director: Jacqueline Olive

Synopsis: When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother’s search for justice and reconciliation begins as the trauma of more than a century of lynching African Americans bleeds into the present

American Factory”

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Synopsis: In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America

“APOLLO 11”

Director: Todd Douglas Miller

Synopsis: A purely archival reconstruction of humanity’s first trip to another world, featuring never-before-seen 70mm footage and never-before-heard audio from the mission

Bedlam”

Director: Kenneth Paul Rosenberg

Synopsis: A psychiatrist makes rounds in ERs, jails, and homeless camps to tell the intimate stories behind one of the greatest social crises of our time. A personal and intense journey into the world of the seriously mentally ill

“David Crosby: Remember My Name”

Director: A.J. Eaton, Producers: Cameron Crowe, Michele Farinola, Greg Mariotti

Synopsis: You thought you knew him. Meet David Crosby now in this portrait of a man with everything but an easy retirement on his mind. With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of music, Crosby shares his often challenging journey

“Hail Satan”

Director: Penny Lane

Synopsis: A look at the intersection of religion and activism, tracing the rise of The Satanic Temple: only six years old and already one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. The Temple is calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation’s soul. But are they for real?

“Jawline”

Director: Liza Mandelup

Synopsis: The film follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee

Knock Down the House”

Director: Rachel Lears

Synopsis:  A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. One of their races will become the most shocking political upset in recent American history

“Midnight Family”

Director: Luke Lorentzen

Synopsis: In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. As they try to make a living in this cutthroat industry, they struggle to keep their financial needs from compromising the people in their care.

 

“Mike Wallace Is Here”

Director: Avi Belkin

Synopsis: For over half a century, 60 Minutes’ fman Mike Wallace went head-to-head with the world’s most influential figures. Relying exclusively on archival footage, the film interrogates the interrogator, tracking Mike’s storied career and troubled personal life while unpacking how broadcast journalism evolved to today’s precarious tipping point

“Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements”

Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky

Synopsis: A deeply personal portrait of three lives, and the discoveries that lie beyond loss: a deaf boy growing up, his deaf grandfather growing old, and Beethoven the year he was blindsided by deafness and wrote his iconic sonata

“One Child Nation”

Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

Synopsis: After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment

Pahokee”

Directors: Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan

Synopsis: In a small agricultural town in the Florida Everglades, hopes for the future are concentrated on the youth. Four teens face heartbreak and celebrate in the rituals of an extraordinary senior year.

TIGERLAND”

Director: Ross Kauffman

Synopsis: 50 years ago, a young forest officer in India rallied the world to save tigers from extinction. Today, the creed is carried on in Far East Russia by the guardians of the last Siberian tigers, who risk everything to save the species

Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary”

Director: Ben Berman

Synopsis: What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician — “The Amazing Johnathan” — becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion

Where’s My Roy Cohn?”

Director: Matt Tyrnauer

Synopsis: Roy Cohn personified the dark arts of American politics, turning empty vessels into dangerous demagogues – from Joseph McCarthy to his final project, Donald J. Trump. This thriller-like exposé connects the dots, revealing how a deeply troubled master manipulator shaped our current American nightmare

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION

“Dirty God”

Countries: Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Ireland

Director: Sacha Polak

Cast: Vicky Knight, Katherine Kelly, Eliza Brady-Girard, Rebecca Stone, Bluey Robinson, Dana Marienci.

Synopsis: Jade is a young mother in the prime of her life when an acid attack leaves her severely burned. While her face has been reconstructed, her beauty is lost beneath the scars. Descending a self-destructive path with relationships crumbling, Jade must take drastic action to reclaim her life.

“Divine Love”

Nations: Brazil, Uruguay, Denmark, Norway

Director: Gabriel Mascaro

Cast: Dira Praes, Julio Machado, Emilio de Melo, Teca Pereira, Mariana Nunes, Thalita Carauta

Synopsis: A deeply religious woman uses her position in a notary’s office to advance her mission to save struggling couples from divorce. Whilst waiting for a sign in recognition of her efforts, she’s confronted with a crisis in her own marriage that ultimately brings her closer to God.

“Dolce Fine Giornata”

Country: Poland

Director: Jacek Borcuch

Cast: Krystyna Janda, Katarzyna Smutniak, Vincent Riotta, Antonio Catania, Lorenzo de Moor, Robin Renucci

Synopsis: In Tuscany, Maria’s stable family life begins to erode as her relationship with a young immigrant develops against a backdrop of terrorism and eroding democracy.

“Judy & Punch”

Country: Australia

Director: Mirrah Foulkes

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Tom Budge, Benedict Hardie, Lucy Velik, Terry Norris

Synopsis: In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show is a hit due to Judy’s superior puppeteering but Punch’s driving ambition and penchant for whisky lead to an inevitable tragedy that Judy must avenge.

“Koko-di Koko-da”

Countries: Sweden, Denmark

Director: Johannes Nyholm

Cast: Leif Edlund, Ylva Gallon, Peter Belli, Katarina Jacobson

Synopsis: As a couple goes on a trip to find their way back to each other, a sideshow artist and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorizing them, luring them deeper and deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick.

“The Last Tree”

Synopsis: United Kingdom

Director: Shola Amoo

Cast: Sam Adewunmi, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Tai Golding

Synopsis: Femi is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take.

“Monos”

Countries: Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Uruguay

Director: Alejandro Landes

Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias, Sofia Buenaventura, Deibi Rueda, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón

Synopsis: On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

“Queen of Hearts”

Country: Denmark

Director: May el-Toukhy

Cast: Trine Dyrholm, Gustav Lindh, Magnus Krepper

Synopsis: A woman jeopardizes both her career and her family when she seduces her teenage stepson and is forced to make an irreversible decision with fatal consequences.

“The Sharks”

Countries: Uruguay, Argentina, Spain

Director: Lucía Garibaldi

Cast: Romina Bentancur, Federico Morosini, Fabián Arenillas, Valeria Lois, Antonella Aquistapache

Synopsis: While a rumor about the presence of sharks in a small beach town distracts residents, 14-year-old Rosina begins to feel an instinct to shorten the distance between her body and Joselo’s.

“The Souvenir”

Country: United Kingdom

Director: Joanna Hogg

Cast: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton

Synopsis: A quiet film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. She defies her protective mother and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship which comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

“This is Not Berlin”

Country: Mexico

Director: Hari Sama

Cast: Xabiani Ponce de León, José Antonio Toledano, Ximena Romo, Mauro Sánchez Navarro, Klaudia García, Marina de Tavira.

Synopsis: 1986, Mexico City. Seventeen-year-old Carlos doesn’t fit in anywhere, not in his family nor with the friends he has chosen in school. But everything changes when he is invited to a mythical nightclub where he discovers the underground nightlife scene: punk, sexual liberty and drugs.

“WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES”

Country: Japan

Director: Makoto Nagahisa

Cast: Keita Ninomiya, Satoshi Mizuno, Mondo Okumura, Sena Nakajima

Synopsis: Their parents are dead. They should be sad, but they can’t cry. So they form a kick-ass band. This is the story of four 13-year-olds in search of their emotions.

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

“Advocate”

Countries: Israel, Canada, Switzerland

Directors: Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche

Synopsis: Lea Tsemel defends Palestinians: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants. As a Jewish-Israeli lawyer who has represented political prisoners for nearly 50 years, Tsemel, in her tireless quest for justice, pushes the praxis of a human rights defender to its limits

Cold Case Hammarskjold”

Country: Denmark

Director: Mads Brügger

Synopsis: Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Bjorkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjold. As their investigation closes in, they discover a crime far worse than killing the Secretary-General of the United Nations

“Untitled Brazil Documentary”

Country: Brazil

Director: Petra Costa

Synopsis: A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis – the personal and political fuse to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. With unprecedented access to Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva, we witness their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains. 

“The Disappearance of My Mother”

Country: Italy

Director: Beniamino Barrese

Synopsis: An aging fashion model strives to escape the world of images and disappear for good, but her son’s determination to make a final film about her sparks an unexpected collaboration and confrontation with the camera’s gaze

“Gaza”

Country: Ireland

Directors: Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell

Synopsis: Gaza brings us into a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict

“Honeyland”

Country: Macedonia

Directors: Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska

Synopsis: When nomadic beekeepers break Honeyland’s basic rule (take half of the honey, but leave half to the bees), the last female beehunter in Europe must save the bees and restore natural balance

“Lapü”

Country: Colombia

Directors: Juan Pablo Polanco, César Alejandro Jaimes

Synopsis: In the middle of the Guajira Desert, Doris, a young Wayuu woman, exhumes her cousin’s remains in order to meet her for the last time. Through a sensory journey this ritual leads her to confront death and blend the world of the dreams with the world of the living.

“The Magic Life of V”

Country: Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria

Director: Tonislav Hristov

Synopsis: Haunted by childhood traumas, Veera is trying to become more independent through live roleplaying. As she guides herself and her mentally-challenged brother through worlds of multiple roles and identities, witches and wizards, she finds the courage to face the demons of her own past and her abusive father’s legacy

Midnight Traveler”

Countries: U.S.A., Qatar, United Kingdom, Canada

Director: Hassan Fazili

Synopsis: When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing their uncertain journey, Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.

Sea of Shadows”

Country: Austria

Director: Richard Ladkani

Synopsis: The vaquita, the world’s smallest whale, is near extinction as its habitat is destroyed by Mexican cartels and Chinese mafia, who harvest the swim bladder of the totoaba fish, the “cocaine of the sea.” Environmental activists, Mexican navy and undercover investigators are fighting back against this illegal multimillion-dollar business

“Shooting the Mafia”

Country: Ireland

Director: Kim Longinotto

Synopsis: Sicilian Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first pointed her camera at a brutally slain victim. Documenting the Cosa Nostra’s barbaric rule, she bore unflinching witness to their crimes. Her photographs, art, and bravery helped to bring an end to a shocking reign of slaughter.

“Stieg Larsson – The Man Who Played With Fire”

Country: Sweden

Director: Henrik Georgsson

Synopsis: A documentary about the Millennium-trilogy author Stieg Larsson and his pioneering work of fighting right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis, an obsession with fatal consequences.

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“Adam”

Director: Rhys Ernst

Cast: Nicholas Alexander, India Menuez, Leo Sheng, Chloe Levine, Margaret Qualley

Synopsis: Awkward teenager Adam arrives to spend his final high school summer with his older sister, who has thrown herself into New York City’s lesbian and trans activist scene. Over the summer, Adam and those around him experience love, friendship, and attendant hard truths in this coming-of-age comedy.

“Give Me Liberty”

Director: Kirill Mikhanovsky

Cast: Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, Chris Galust, Maksim Stoyanov, Darya Ekamasova

Synopsis: When a riot breaks out in Milwaukee, America’s most segregated city, medical transport driver Vic is torn between his promise to get a group of elderly Russians to a funeral and his desire to help Tracy, a young black woman with ALS.

Light From Light”

Director: Paul Harrill

Cast: Marin Ireland, Jim Gaffigan, Josh Wiggins, Atheena Frizzell, David Cale

Synopsis: Shelia, a single mom and sometime paranormal investigator, is enlisted to investigate a possible “haunting” at a widower’s farmhouse in East Tennessee.

Paradise Hills”

Director: Alice Waddington

Cast: Emma Roberts, Danielle Macdonald, Awkwafina, Eiza González, Milla Jovovich, Jeremy Irvine

Synopsis: A young woman is sent to Paradise Hills to be reformed, only to learn that the high-class facility’s beautiful facade hides a sinister secret.

“Premature”

Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green

Cast: Zora Howard, Joshua Boone, Michelle Wilson, Alexis Marie Wint, Imani Lewis, Tashiana Washington

Synopsis: The summer before she leaves for college, Ayanna meets handsome and mysterious outsider Isaiah; her entire world is turned upside down as she navigates the demanding terrain of young love against a changing Harlem landscape.

Selah and the Spades”

Director: Tayarisha Poe

Cast: Lovie Simone, Celeste O’Connor, Jharrel Jerome, Gina Torres, Jesse Williams

Synopsis: Five factions run the underground life of the prestigious Haldwell boarding school. At the head of the most powerful faction – The Spades – sits Selah Summers. By turns charming and callous, she chooses whom to keep close and whom to cut loose, walking the fine line between being feared and loved.

“Sister Aimee”

Directors: Samantha Buck, Marie Schlingmann

Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Michael Mosley, Andrea Suarez Paz, Julie White, Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves

Synopsis: In 1926 America’s most famous evangelist is a woman. And she’s looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, she gets swept up in her lover’s daydreams about Mexico and finds herself on a wild road trip towards the border. Based on true events. Mostly made up.

The Death of Dick Long”

Director: Daniel Scheinert

Cast: Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Andre Hyland, Sarah Baker, Jess Weixler

Synopsis: Dick died last night, and Zeke and Earl don’t want anybody finding out how. That’s too bad though, cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama.

“The Infiltrators”

Directors: Alex Rivera, Cristina Ibarra

Cast: Maynor Alvarado, Manuel Uriza, Chelsea Rendon, Juan Gabriel Pareja, Vik Sahay

Synopsis: A rag-tag group of undocumented youth – Dreamers – deliberately get detained by Border Patrol in order to infiltrate a shadowy, for-profit detention center.

The Wolf Hour”

Director: Alistair Banks Griffin

Cast: Naomi Watts, Emory Cohen, Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr

Synopsis: Once a known counterculture figure, June E. Leigh now lives in self-imposed exile in her South Bronx apartment during the incendiary ’77 Summer of Sam. When an unseen tormentor begins exploiting June’s weaknesses, her insular universe begins to unravel.

MIDNIGHT

“Greener Grass”

Directors: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe

Cast: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett, Neil Casey, Mary Holland, D’Arcy Carden

Synopsis: A deliciously twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members are swapped in more ways than one in this competition for acceptance.

“Little Monsters”

Director: Abe Forsythe

Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England, Josh Gad

Synopsis: A film dedicated to all the kindergarten teachers who motivate children to learn, instill them with confidence and stop them from being devoured by zombies.

“MEMORY – The Origins of Alien”

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

Synopsis: The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s Alien – rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger. A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of moviemaking, the power of myth, and our collective unconscious

“Mope”

Director: Lucas Heyne

Cast: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Kelly Sry, Brian Huskey, Max Adler, David Arquette, Tonya Cornelisse

Synopsis: Two ‘mopes’ – the lowest-level male performers in the porn industry – set their sights on an impossible dream: stardom.

“Sweetheart”

Director: JD Dillard

Cast: Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Andrew Crawford

Synopsis:  Jenn has washed ashore a small tropical island and it doesn’t take her long to realize she’s completely alone. She must spend her days not only surviving the elements, but must also fend off the malevolent force that comes out each night.

“The Hole in the Ground”

Director: Lee Cronin

Cast: Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, James Quinn Markey

Synopsis: One night, Sarah’s young son disappears into the woods behind their rural home. When he returns, he looks the same, but his behavior grows increasingly disturbing. Soon, Sarah realizes that the boy who returned may not be her son at all…

The Lodge”

Directors: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

Cast: Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Armitage

Synopsis: In this psychologically chilling slow burn, a young woman and her reticent new stepchildren find themselves isolated in the family’s remote winter cabin, locked away to dredge up the mysteries of her dark past and the losses that seem to haunt them all.

KIDS

“Abe”

Director: Fernando Grostein Andrade

Cast: Noah Schnapp, Seu Jorge Mário da Silva, Mark Margolis, Dagmara Dominczyk, Arian Moayed, Tom Mardirosian

Synopsis: The Israeli-Jewish side of his family calls him Avram. The Palestinian-Muslim side Ibrahim. His first-generation American agnostic lawyer parents call him Abraham. But the 12-year-old kid from Brooklyn who loves food and cooking, prefers, well, Abe. Just Abe.

The Elephant Queen”

Directors: Victoria Stone, Mark Deeble

Synopsis: Athena is a mother who will do everything in her power to protect her herd when they are forced to leave their waterhole and embark on an epic journey across the African savannah in a tale of love, loss and coming home. 

“THE WITCH HUNTERS”

Director: Rasko Miljkovic

Cast: Mihajlo Milavic, Silma Mahmuti

Synopsis: 10-year-old Jovan is often escaping reality to immerse himself into a fantasy world. It all changes when he befriends his new classmate Milica and the adventure to hunt her ‘witch’ stepmother starts.

What do you think of the lineup for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival? Which films stood out to you? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 24 to Feb. 3, 2019. 

Be sure to check out the Official Oscar Predictions Page to see our rankings of this year’s contenders!