Sundance Film Festival reveals 2022 program lineup

The Sundance Institute has announced the lineup to be screened at its flagship public program, the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, which will occur from January 20 to 30. American documentary Fire ...
December 9, 2021

The Sundance Institute has announced the lineup to be screened at its flagship public program, the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, which will occur from January 20 to 30.

American documentary Fire of Love (pictured) will be included in the festival’s opening day lineup. The documentary, told through archival footage, is about scientists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft who died in a volcanic explosion while working to capture imagery of the event. Israeli documentary Tantura will also be featured on Day One, which focuses on the Palestinian village of the same name. La Guerra Civil, a UK documentary about the rivalry between boxers Oscar De La Hoya and Julio César Chávez in the 1990s, and the divide it sparked between Mexican nationals and Mexican-Americans will also be featured on Day One.

The U.S. documentary Lucy and Desi, directed by Amy Poehler, will be screened in Salt Lake City on opening night. The documentary covers Lucille Ball’s influence on the creation of TV syndication, as she became an entrepreneur and mogul. The UK documentary The Princess will also be featured on Day One, covering Princess Diana’s story, told exclusively through contemporaneous archive footage.

The U.S. documentary 32 Sounds from artist Sam Green will also be featured on Day One. The immersive and sensory film explores the phenomenon of sound and its power to bend time, cross borders and shape our perception of the world.

The hybrid festival will include in-person premieres of feature films in Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah. Films will then also premiere online with a live Q&A and premiere party on the festival’s immersive platform dubbed The Spaceship. Subsequent screenings will occur in-person and in on-demand windows on the platform.

The festival’s New Frontier program will be globally accessible through The Spaceship from Jan. 20 to 28. Short films and Indie Episodic work will be screened in person in Utah and then be available on the platform. The Shorts lineup will be announced on Dec. 10.

“This year, we look forward to celebrating this generation’s most innovative storytellers as they share their work across a wide range of genres and forms,” said Sundance Institute founder and president Robert Redford, in a statement. “These artists have provided a light through the darkest of times, and we look forward to welcoming their unique visions out into the world and experiencing them together.”

The festival will also include screenings of eight feature films in Satellite Screen venues around the U.S. during Sundance’s second weekend, including the documentary features Free Chol Soo Lee and Sirens. Satellite Screen venues will be hosted in Amherst, Massachusetts; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; San Diego, California; Memphis, Tennessee; Lawrence, Kansas; Seattle, Washington; and Baltimore, Maryland.

The announced lineup for Sundance 2022 so far includes 82 feature films from 28 countries, with 39 of 92 directors being first-time feature filmmakers. The Sundance Institute supported 15 of the films and projects announced so far through direct granting or residency labs. Seventy-five of the festival’s feature films, announced so far, will be making their world premieres.

Sundance received 14,849 submissions, including 3,762 feature-length films, for next year’s festival.

All in-person attendees to Sundance next year will be required to to be fully vaccinated and to wear masks.

The films selected for the U.S. Documentary Competition are:

Aftershock (directed and produced by Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee)

Descendant (directed by Margaret Brown, produced by Essie Chambers and Kyle Martin)

The Exiles (directed by Ben Klein and Violet Columbus, produced by Klein, Columbus and Maria Chiu)

Fire of Love (directed by Sara Dosa, produced by Dosa, Shane Boris and Ina Fichman)

Free Chol Soo Lee (directed and produced by Julie Ha and Eugene Yi, produced by Su Kim, Jean Tsien and Sona Jo)

I Didn’t See You There (directed by Reid Davenport, produced by Keith Wilson)

The Janes (directed by Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes, produced by Pildes, Daniel Arcana and Jessica Levin)

Jihad Rehab (directed by Meg Smaker, produced by Smaker and Bryan Storkel)

TikTok, Boom (directed by Shalini Kantayya, produced by Kantayya, Ross M. Dinerstein and Danni Mynard)

The World Cinema Documentary Competition includes:

All That Breathes (India, USA, UK; directed and produced by Shaunak Sen, produced by Aman Mann and Teddy Leifer)

Calendar Girls (Sweden; directed, written and produced by Maria Loohufvud and Love Martinsen)

A House Made of Splinters (Denmark; directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont, produced by Monica Hellström)

Midwives (Myanmar; directed and produced by Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing, produced by Bob Moore, Ulla Lehman, Mila Aung-Thwin)

The Mission (Finland; directed and written by Tania Anderson, produced by Isabella Karhu and Juho-Pekka Tanskanen)

Nothing Compares (Ireland, UK; directed by Kathryn Ferguson, produced by Eleanor Emptage and Michael Mallie)

Sirens (USA, Lebanon; directed, written and produced by Rita Baghdadi, produced by Camilla Hall)

Tantura (Israel; directed and written by Alon Schwarz, written and produced by Shaul Schwarz, produced by Maiken Baird)

The Territory (Brazil, Denmark, USA; directed by Alex Pritz, produced by Will N. Miller, Sigrid Dyekjær, Lizzie Gillett and Anonymous)

We Met in Virtual Reality (UK; directed, written and produced by Joe Hunting)

Other documentary premieres scheduled for Sundance 2022 include:

2nd Chance (USA; directed and written by Ramin Bahrani, produced by Bahrani, Daniel Turcan, Johnny Galvin, Charles Dorfman and Jacob Grodnik)

Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power (USA; directed and produced by Nina Menkes)

DOWNFALL: The Case Against Boeing (USA; directed by Rory Kennedy, written by Mark Bailey and Keven McAlester, produced by Kennedy, Bailey, McAlester, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes and Amanda Rohlke)

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (USA; directed by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, produced by Simmons, Ozah and Leah Natasha Thomas)

La Guerra Civil (UK; directed by Eva Longoria Bastón, produced by Longoria Bastón, Grant Best, Bernardo Ruiz, Ben Spector and Andrea Cordoba)

Lucy and Desi (USA; directed by Amy Poehler, produced by Poehler, Michael Rosenberg, Justin Wilkes, Nigel Sinclair, Jeanne Elfant Festa and Mark Monroe)

My Old School (UK; directed by Jono McLeod, produced by John Archer and Olivia Lichtenstein)

The Princess (UK; directed by Ed Perkins, produced by Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn)

To the End (USA; directed by Rachel Lears, produced by Sabrina Schmidt Gordon)

We Need to Talk About Cosby (USA; directed by W. Kamau Bell, produced by Andrew Fried, Katie A. King, Geraldine L. Porras, Dane Lillegard, Sarina Roma, Jordan Wynn)

Sundance’s NEXT section, which includes bold, innovative and forward-thinking works features the Canada/U.S. documentary Framing Agnes, directed and produced by Chase Joynt, and produced by Samantha Curley and Shant Joshi; the U.S. documentary Mija, directed and produced by Isabel Castro, and produced by Tabs Breese and Yesenia Tlahuel; and the U.S. documentary RIOTSVILLE, USA, directed by Sierra Pettengill, and produced by Sara Archambault and Jamila Wignot.

Sundance’s Midnight section for works that defy genre classification includes the UK documentary Meet Me in the Bathroom, directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, produced by Vivienne Perry, Sam Bridger, Marissa Clifford, Thomas Benski, Danny Gabai and Suroosh Alvi.

In Sundance’s Spotlight section, offering a tribute to cinema from the past year, the Dutch documentary Three Minutes – A Lengthening will be featured.

The festival will also feature a special screening of Last Flight Home, a U.S. documentary directed and produced by Ondi Timoner, and produced by David Turner.

The festival’s Indie Episodic program will include the U.S. docuseries Culture Beat from directors, producers and writers Andre Hyland and Kitao Sakurai, also written and produced by Eric Andre, and Instant Life, directed and produced by Mark Becker and Aaron Schock, and produced by Julie Gaynin.

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