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September 27, 2022

Sundance announces lineup for 2022 festival

SXSW announces its opening-night film

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The Sundance Institute announced today the lineup for its 2022 film festival, which will be in-person as well as virtual.

It’s a long slate, including titles in such categories as Feature Film, Indie Episodic and the New Frontier. The festival takes place Jan. 20 through 30, with ticket packages going on sale Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. Central Time. Single film tickets go on sale Jan 6.

For information about accessing the festival online see: festival.sundance.org/howtofest/#online/

The U.S. Dramatic Competition has always put a spotlight on some of the year’s best independent films, including such standouts as “CODA,” “Passing,” “Minari” and “The Farewell.”

This year, the lineup includes Abi Damaris Corbin’s “892,” about a veteran who faces homelessness after his disability check fails to arrive; “Alice,” Krystin Ver Linden’s tale of a woman who escapes servitude in 1800s Georgia only to discover that it’s really 1973; and “Dual,” Riley Stearns’ tale of a terminally ill woman who commissions a clone of herself to ease her family’s pain, only to survive and end up in a battle with the clone.



The documentary competition includes two movies focusing on motherhood and abortion — a timely topic in light of the current Supreme Court battle over abortion rights. Some of the films include “Aftershock,” about two fathers who become activists after their wives die because of childbirth complications; and “The Janes,” which looks at seven women in the 1970s who were arrested as part of a clandestine network to help women get abortions.

Other notable premieres include Lena Dunham’s “Sharp Stick”; Phiyllis Nagy’s “Call Jane,” which is another abortion-themed movie; the Netflix documentary series “jeen-yus: A Kanye Trilogy”; “The Princess,” a archival footage tale of the life of Princess Diana; and W. Kamau Bell’s Bill Cosby documentary series, “We Need to Talk About Cosby.“

For a full list of the films announced Thursday, visit festival.sundance.org.

In another festival development, South by Southwest announced its opening-night film this week. It’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. It’s a sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can’t seem to finish her taxes.


Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy is a former movies editor for The Dallas Morning News and Austin American-Statesman.

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