The Sundance Film Festival is drawing to a close (2 February) and we can’t wait to get to see, in our cinemas, the best films shown there.
However, before the winners are announced, let’s have a quick recap, just in case you missed something. Oh, and never forget that cinema is a love that is always worth pursuing, even in Utah!
Have you just finished watching The New Pope and you’re already missing Jude Law? Don’t panic: The Nest will soon be released in our cinemas. Jude Law plays the part of Rory, an ambitious businessman who takes his wife and American kids to his homeland, England, to explore new business opportunities. But their new life in an English manor house soon becomes unbearable. As the disquieting remoteness of the house further isolates the family, each family member ends up in a self-destructive circle.
In The Glorias, Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander are just two of the four actresses that personify Gloria Steinem, the feminist icon, activist, lecturer and co-founder of the magazine Ms. From the years spent working in India, where she arrived just after graduating, to the pioneering articles that would forge the movement of revolutionary women. A rich, intense biography.
Joan Didion is more than just an unparalleled writer of novels, articles and essays. She has also been – especially with her husband, John Dunne – an exceptional writer of screenplays. Indeed, even the books she didn’t specifically write for the big screen have all it takes to be a huge success, both at the box office and in bookshops. Hence, there are great expectations about The last thing he wanted, starring Anne Hathaway.
Can a thread on Twitter become a film? Janicza Bravo thinks so and gives it a go with Zola, a film that replicates an incredible story that actually happened in 2015 to Detroit waitress Aziah ‘Zola’ Wells, which she narrated with 148 tweets: a casual encounter with a stripper, followed by an absurd car trip, featuring a kidnapping and a murder.
Fantasy fans are often very familiar with E.T.A. Hoffman and Edgar Allan Poe, but they seldom have heard about the author Shirley Jackson. In order to make up for this (unforgivable) flaw, we suggest they watch Shirley, where Elizabeth Moss interprets the bizarre and talented American author.
If you’re looking for horror-like suspense, check out Bad Hair: the story of a young, ambitious woman who wants to reach success in a world that is obsessed with the image conveyed by television. Her career is jeopardised when she finds out her hair has a life of its own.
Peter Pan is surely one of the greatest adventures of all time. A must-read for all children of the western world, it lays the interesting base underpinning the theory – yet to be proven – according to which an adult is incapable of growing up and engaging in adult-like behaviour. But this time, Peter Pan – usually the lead character in film adaptations – steps aside and leaves the scene to Wendy, a thrilling and touching fable.
Another great author, another great film: Kajillionaire, written by Miranda July, brings to the big screen the story of Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood), a swindler who has been trained to rob by her crook parents ever since she was a child. When she meets Melanie, who makes her understand what her life could be if she breaks free from her family’s grip, her life may begin to change.