By Peter Debruge for VARIETY.COM
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It’s been three years since the film industry convened to attend the Sundance Film Festival in person — though that didn’t stop a handful of international filmmakers from heading to Utah anyway last year, rather than canceling their tickets.
After the COVID pandemic forced the previous two editions to go virtual, the team at the top has announced 99 features from the lineup for a hybrid edition — taking place in Park City from Jan. 19-29, with an increased presence in Salt Lake City. The online component will begin Jan. 24. (All competition films will be available online, while titles in other categories could opt in to the streaming platform.)
The discovery-focused festival welcomes back a few big names, including Nicole Holofcener (“You Hurt My Feelings”), Sophie Barthes (“The Pod Generation”), Ira Sachs (“Passages”), Sebastian Silva (“Rotting in the Sun”) and Justin Chon (“Jamojaya”), but is otherwise largely focused on providing a platform to new talents. Among these are some who may already be on audiences’ radar for other reasons, such as Jane Campion’s daughter Alice Englert (“Bad Behaviour”) and “Blockbuster” star Randall Park (“Shortcomings”). Actor Molly Gordon stars in “Theater Camp,” which she also co-wrote and -directed.