2016: 6. SUNDANCE

by pedrobarrosfafe | created - 28 Apr 2016 | updated - 12 Feb 2018 | Public

My shortlist from Sundance 2016. * EXCLUDING: Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Independent Spirits, Critics' Choice, SAG, HFA, BIFA and LCCFA 2016 nominees.

(Complete Sundance 2016 lists in my public lists: «2016: 6.01» to «2016: 6.12»)

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1. Captain Fantastic (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Director: Matt Ross | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso

Votes: 165,426 | Gross: $5.88M

Sundance 2016: Premieres

2. Sing Street (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

79 Metascore

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor

Votes: 76,750 | Gross: $3.24M

Sundance 2016: Premieres

3. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 220,590 | Gross: $47.70M

Sundance 2016: Premieres

4. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Votes: 90,854 | Gross: $5.20M

Sundance 2016: Premieres

5. The Hollars (2016)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A man returns to his small hometown after learning that his mother has fallen ill and is about to undergo surgery.

Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick

Votes: 10,425 | Gross: $1.02M

Sundance 2016: Premieres

6. Indignation (2016)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.

Director: James Schamus | Stars: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tijuana Ricks, Sue Dahlman

Votes: 10,764 | Gross: $3.40M

Sundance 2016: Premieres

7. Love & Friendship (2016)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

Director: Whit Stillman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell

Votes: 21,535 | Gross: $14.01M

Sundance 2016: Premieres

8. Certain Women (2016)

R | 107 min | Drama

82 Metascore

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, James Le Gros

Votes: 10,607 | Gross: $1.03M

Sundance 2016: Premieres

9. Little Men (2016)

PG | 85 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García, Theo Taplitz

Votes: 6,263 | Gross: $0.70M

Sundance 2016: Premieres

10. Ali and Nino (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, War

50 Metascore

Love story of a Muslim Azerbaijani boy and Christian Georgian girl in Baku from 1918 to 1920.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Adam Bakri, María Valverde, Mandy Patinkin, Riccardo Scamarcio

Votes: 4,331

Sundance 2016: Premieres

11. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

TV-MA | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

A man suffering a family loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.

Director: Rob Burnett | Stars: Craig Roberts, Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez, Alex Huff

Votes: 50,515

Sundance 2016: Premieres

12. The Innocents (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History

78 Metascore

1945. Mathilde is a French Red Cross doctor working on a mission to help the French survivors of the German camps. While she works in Poland, she is asked for help by a nun. In her convent, several nuns got pregnant.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne

Votes: 8,251 | Gross: $1.06M

Sundance 2016: Premieres

13. Complete Unknown (2016)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery

58 Metascore

As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame - a woman who often changes identities - reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Erin Darke, Rachel Weisz, Hansel Tan, FaTye

Votes: 5,329 | Gross: $0.17M

Sundance 2016: Premieres

14. Green Room (2015)

R | 95 min | Horror, Music, Thriller

79 Metascore

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 94,150 | Gross: $3.22M

Sundance 2016: Spotlight

15. Land of Mine (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 29,504 | Gross: $0.44M

Sundance 2016: Spotlight

16. Maggie's Plan (2015)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

Maggie wants to have a baby, raising him on her own, but when she gets romantically involved with John, a married man, things get complicated and all the balance of Maggie's plans may collapse.

Director: Rebecca Miller | Stars: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Maya Rudolph

Votes: 14,623 | Gross: $3.35M

Sundance 2016: Spotlight

17. Miles Ahead (2015)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

64 Metascore

An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.

Director: Don Cheadle | Stars: Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 8,665 | Gross: $2.61M

Sundance 2016: Spotlight

18. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Director: Nate Parker | Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 18,781 | Gross: $15.86M

Sundance 2016: U.S. Dramatic

  • Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
  • Audience Award - Dramatic

19. Swiss Army Man (2016)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

64 Metascore

A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero

Votes: 94,768 | Gross: $4.21M

Sundance 2016: U.S. Dramatic

  • Directing Award - Dramatic

20. Goat (2016)

R | 96 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19 year-old enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of "brotherhood," tests him and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways.

Director: Andrew Neel | Stars: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty

Votes: 6,929 | Gross: $0.02M

Sundance 2016: U.S. Dramatic

21. As You Are (2016)

110 min | Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

Set in the early 1990's, "As You Are" is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.

Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte | Stars: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti

Votes: 1,812

Sundance 2016: U.S. Dramatic

  • Special Jury Award - Dramatic

22. The Intervention (I) (2016)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.

Director: Clea DuVall | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Skylar Bernon, Kira Pozehl

Votes: 5,334 | Gross: $0.03M

Sundance 2016: U.S. Dramatic

  • Special Jury Award - Dramatic - Individual Performance

23. Morris from America (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.

Director: Chad Hartigan | Stars: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Patrick Güldenberg

Votes: 4,763 | Gross: $0.09M

Sundance 2016: U.S. Dramatic

  • Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
  • Special Jury Award - Dramatic - Individual Performance

24. Sand Storm (2016)

87 min | Drama

74 Metascore

When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.

Director: Elite Zexer | Stars: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari, Khadija Al Akel

Votes: 2,478 | Gross: $0.08M

Sundance 2016: World Cinema Dramatic

  • Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema Dramatic

25. Belgica (2016)

127 min | Drama

63 Metascore

The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium's nightlife scene.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Stefaan De Winter, Dominique Van Malder

Votes: 3,758

Sundance 2016: World Cinema Dramatic

  • Directing Award - World Cinema Dramatic

26. Between Sea and Land (2016)

98 min | Drama

A man yearns to go in to the ocean across the street from his house, but suffers from an illness that prevents hims from doing so.

Directors: Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo | Stars: Jorge Cao, Manolo Cruz, Vicky Hernández, Viviana Serna

Votes: 232

Sundance 2016: World Cinema Dramatic

  • Audience Award - World Cinema Dramatic
  • Special Jury Award - World Cinema Dramatic - Acting

27. My Friend from the Park (2015)

86 min | Drama

Running away from a bar without paying the bill is just the first adventure for Liz (mother to newborn Nicanor) and Rosa (supposed mother to newborn Clarisa). This budding friendship ... See full summary »

Director: Ana Katz | Stars: Julieta Zylberberg, Andrés Milicich, Mirella Pascual, Tomás Newkirk

Votes: 221

Sundance 2016: World Cinema Dramatic

  • Special Jury Award - World Cinema Dramatic - Screenwriting

28. The Lure (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters are adopted into a cabaret. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city.

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska | Stars: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka

Votes: 5,348 | Gross: $0.10M

Sundance 2016: World Cinema Dramatic

  • Special Jury Award - World Cinema Dramatic - Unique Vision & Design

29. First Girl I Loved (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton - who has always harbored a secret crush - he does his best to get in the way.

Director: Kerem Sanga | Stars: Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand, Mateo Arias, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 2,625

Sundance 2016: Next

  • Audience Award: Best of Next.

30. Operation Avalanche (2016)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

69 Metascore

In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history.

Director: Matt Johnson | Stars: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Andrew Appelle, Jared Raab

Votes: 6,129 | Gross: $0.06M

Sundance 2016: Next

31. Under the Shadow (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

84 Metascore

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Director: Babak Anvari | Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi

Votes: 19,589 | Gross: $0.03M

Sundance 2016: Midnight

32. Yoga Hosers (2016)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

23 Metascore

Two teenage yoga enthusiasts must do battle with an evil presence that is threatening to rise from its underground lair and endanger their major party plans.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Johnny Depp, Adam Brody

Votes: 10,821

Sundance 2016: Midnight

33. Snowtime! (2015)

PG | 82 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

When winter break arrives, a boy and his friends are joined by the new girl in town for a prolonged snowball fight.

Directors: Jean-François Pouliot, François Brisson | Stars: Angela Galuppo, Mariloup Wolfe, Lucinda Davis, Nicholas Savard-L'Herbier

Votes: 1,114

Sundance 2016: Sundance Kids

34. Life, Animated (2016)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

Director: Roger Ross Williams | Stars: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Cornelia Suskind, Walter Suskind

Votes: 5,189 | Gross: $0.24M

Sundance 2016: U.S. Documentary

  • Directing Award - Documentary


Tribeca 2016: Spotlight

35. Weiner (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.

Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg | Stars: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Jordan Zain Weiner, Barbara Morgan

Votes: 9,181 | Gross: $1.61M

Sundance 2016: U.S. Documentary

  • Grand Jury Prize - Documentary

36. Sonita (2015)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.

Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami | Stars: Sonita Alizadeh, Latifah Alizadeh, Fadia Alizadeh, Ahmad Ahmadi

Votes: 706

Sundance 2016: World Cinema Documentary

  • Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema Documentary
  • Audience Award - World Cinema Documentary

37. All These Sleepless Nights (2016)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

70 Metascore

A new era is coming, and Warsaw stands uncomfortably at its edge. Art school classmates Christopher and Michal, on the precipice of their own coming of age, restlessly roam their city's ... See full summary »

Director: Michal Marczak | Stars: Krzysztof Baginski, Michal Huszcza, Eva Lebuef, Natalia Atmanska

Votes: 1,242 | Gross: $0.02M

Sundance 2016: World Cinema Documentary

  • Directing Award - World Cinema Documentary

38. Dazed and Confused (1993)

R | 102 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 150,219 | Gross: $7.99M

Sundance 2016: Special Events



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