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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: LONDON 2024 | FESTIVAL PASSES

Festival, Industry and VIP passes for the 2024 edition of Sundance Film Festival: London are on sale now.


Alongside our partners at the Sundance Institute, we're thrilled to announce the Opening and Closing Night films for the 2024 edition of Sundance Film Festival: London!

Taking place from 06 to 09 June at Picturehouse Central, SFFL 2024 opens and closes with two hotly-anticipated, prize-winning feature directorial debuts: Rich Peppiatt's Kneecap and Sean Wang's Dìdi (弟弟).


Want to be first in line for tickets? Festival Passes are on sale now. Passes get you Priority Booking, discounts on food and drink, and more – long story short, it's the best way to do Sundance.


The film programme is now live! Find all things Sundance Film Festival: London at picturehouses.com/sundance.


London, 23 April 2024 — Picturehouse and the nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of 11 feature fiction and documentary films, a specially curated programme of UK short films and a strand of repertory titles to celebrate the 40th edition of the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. for the 11th edition of Sundance Film Festival: London 2024, taking place from 6 to 9 June at Picturehouse Central.


These 11 feature films premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January and were specially curated for London by the Sundance Film Festival programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. The Festival previously announced that it will open on 6 June with the UK premiere of writer and director Rich Peppiatt’s raucous and infectious Irish-language film, Kneecap and will close on 9 June with the UK premiere of Dìdi (弟弟) written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sean Wang.


In addition to those award-winning opening and closing night films, the Festival presents a full programme bursting with buzzy hits from established and first-time feature filmmakers, across narrative film and documentary. These titles are: Sasquatch Sunset by acclaimed directors David and Nathan Zellner, starring Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road, American Honey) and Academy Award®nominee Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, The Social Network); Rob Peace, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s adaptation of Jeff Hobbs’ bestselling and critically acclaimed biography; monster rom-com Your Monster, Caroline Lindy’s wholly original debut; Megan Park’s fresh coming-of-age journey of self-discovery My Old Assstarring Maisy Stella (Nashville) and Aubrey Plaza (Emily The Criminal);  Jane Schoenbrun’s second feature, I Saw The TV Glow;  Shuchi Talati’s Girls Will Be Girls winner of the 2024 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic and World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting presented to Preeti Panigrahi earlier this year. The list is rounded off with Thea Hvistendahl’s chilly, disturbing Handling The Undead from Norway, winner of the 2024 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Original Music presented to Peter Raeburn at this year’s Festival, starring Renate Reinsve (The Worst Person In The World). The documentaries include Skywalkers: A Love Story by multi-Emmy award winning filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist and Never Look Away by Lucy Lawless in her directorial debut.


Once again, the line-up includes a short film programme that is dedicated to UK productions, highlighting some of the amazing talent in the Short Film art form, in films either produced with the UK or made by filmmakers based in the UK. The program comprises seven titles: Good Boy, Alo, (S),Essex Girls, Mamu, Salone Love and Shé (Snake).


This year’s programme will also see the return of the ever-popular Surprise Film. Festival goers will have a special chance to catch an unannounced title not yet seen in the UK. The Surprise films in previous years included Bart Layton’s American Animals, Halina Reijn’s Bodies Bodies Bodies and Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$.


In a year that celebrated the 40th edition of the Sundance Film Festival in the United States, Sundance Film Festival: London 2024 will also showcase highlights of Sundance features and shorts presented over the years in its repertory strand. Those exciting blasts from the past will be announced in coming weeks.


Eugene Hernandez, Director, Sundance Film Festival and Public Programming said: “We’re delighted to return to London to celebrate independent cinema with British audiences. Over the course of four incredible days at Picturehouse Central we’ll share an extraordinary array of discoveries from January's Sundance Film Festival in Utah, showcasing the boundless creativity of visionary filmmakers, and featuring mesmerising performances and compelling documentary subjects. We hope you’ll join us!”

Clare Binns, Managing Director, Picturehouse Cinemas added: “It’s one of the best line-ups we’ve assembled for Sundance Film Festival: London. I can’t wait to introduce audiences to these incredible films.  Join us and our wonderfully talented filmmakers at Picturehouse Central in June.”


FULL PROGRAMME LISTINGS:

FICTION FEATURE FILMS:

Dìdi (弟弟) / United States(Director: Sean Wang, Screenwriter: Sean Wang, Producers: Carlos López Estrada, Josh Peters, Valerie Bush, Sean Wang)Dìdi (弟弟) is written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sean Wang. The film, set in 2008 in California’s Bay Area, is a funny, irreverent, and affecting ode to first-generation teenagers navigating the joy and chaos of adolescence as seen through the lens of a 13-year-old Taiwanese American boy, played by Izaac Wang (Good Boys, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon).Cast: Izaac Wang, Joan Chen, Shirley Chen, Chang Li Hua

Girls Will Be Girls / India, France, Norway(Director, Screenwriter, and Producer: Shuchi Talati, Producers: Richa Chadha, Claire Chassagne)In a strict boarding school nestled in the Himalayas, 16-year-old Mira discovers desire and romance. But her sexual, rebellious awakening is disrupted by her mother who never got to come of age herself.Cast: Preeti Panigrahi, Kani Kusruti, Kesav Binoy Kiron

Handling the Undead / Norway (Director and Screenwriter: Thea Hvistendahl, Screenwriter: John Ajvide Lindqvist, Producers: Kristin Emblem, Guri Neby)On an abnormally hot summer day in Oslo, a strange electric field surrounds the city as a collective migraine spreads across town. TVs, lightbulbs, and electronics go haywire, the chaos reaching a debilitating crescendo when suddenly, it’s over. But the strange event has awoken the newly deceased from death. HANDLING THE UNDEAD weaves together three families through their loss: Mahler (72) and his daughter, Anna, mourn the too early passing of his grandson; Tora (86) says her final goodbye to her wife at the funeral home; and a family of four face a life without a wife and mother. Cast: Renate Reinsve, Bjørn Sundquist, Bente Børsum, Anders Danielsen Lie, Bahar Pars

I Saw the TV Glow / United States(Director and Screenwriter: Jane Schoenbrun, Producers: Emma Stone, Dave McCary, Ali Herting, Sam Intili, Sarah Winshall)Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack.Cast: Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Ian Foreman, Helena Howard, Fred Durst, Danielle Deadwyler

 Kneecap / Ireland (Director: Rich Peppiatt, Screenwriter: Rich Peppiatt, Producers: Trevor Birney, Jack Tarling, Co-Producers: Patrick O'Neill)Of the 80,000 native Irish speakers, 6,000 live in the North of Ireland and three of them became a rap group called Kneecap. This is the real life story of how this anarchic Belfast trio became the unlikely figureheads of a civil rights movement to save and reinvigorate their mother tongue. Cast: Liam Óg Ó hAnnaidh, , Naoise Ó Cairealláin, JJ Ó Dochartaigh, Michael Fassbender, Josie Walker, Simone Kirby

My Old Ass / United States(Director: Megan Park, Screenwriter: Megan Park, Producers: Tom Ackerley, Margot Robbie, Josey McNamara, Steven Rales)In this fresh coming-of-age story, an 18th birthday mushroom trip brings free-spirited Elliott (Maisy Stella) face-to-face with her wisecracking 39-year-old self (Aubrey Plaza). But when Elliott’s “old ass” starts handing out warnings about what her younger self should and shouldn’t do, Elliott realises she has to rethink everything about family, love, and what’s becoming a transformative summer.Cast: Maisy Stella, Percy Hynes White, Maddie Ziegler, Kerrice Brooks, Aubrey Plaza 

Rob Peace / United States(Director and Screenwriter: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Producers: Andrea Calderwood, Antoine Fuqua, Kat Samick, Rebecca Hobbs, Jeffrey Soros, Alex Kurtzman)Based on Jeff Hobbs’ bestselling and critically acclaimed work of non-fiction – Robert Peace grew up in an impoverished section of Newark and later graduated from Yale on scholarship. Peace led a dual life in academia earning degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry while also selling marijuana to aid his father who he believed was unjustly imprisoned for murder.Cast: Jay Will, Mary J. Blige, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Camila Cabello, Michael Kelly, Mare Winningham

Sasquatch Sunset / United States(Director, Screenwriter, and Producer: David Zellner, Director and Producer: Nathan Zellner, Producers: Lars Knudsen, Tyler Campellone, George Rush, Jesse Eisenberg)In the misty forests of North America, a family of Sasquatches—possibly the last of their enigmatic kind— embark on an absurdist, epic, hilarious, and ultimately poignant journey over the course of one year. These shaggy and noble giants fight for survival as they find themselves on a collision course with the ever-changing world around them. Starring Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road, American Honey) and Academy Award-Nominee Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, The Social Network), acclaimed directors David and Nathan Zellner (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter) bring you the greatest Bigfoot story ever told.Cast: Riley Keough, Jesse Eisenberg, Christophe Zajac-Denek, Nathan Zellner

Your Monster / United States (Director, Screenwriter, and Producer: Caroline Lindy, Producers: Kayla Foster, Shannon Reilly, Melanie Donkers, Kira Carstensen) After her life falls apart, soft-spoken actress Laura Franco finds her voice again when she meets a terrifying, yet weirdly charming, monster living in her closet.Cast: Melissa Barrera, Tommy Dewey, Meghann Fahy, Edmund Donovan, Kayla Foster


DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS:

Skywalkers: A Love Story / United States(Director, Screenwriter, and Producer: Jeff Zimbalist, Producers: Maria Bukhonina, Tamir Ardon, Chris Smith, Nick Spicer)To save their career and their relationship, a daredevil couple journey across the globe to illegally climb the world’s last super skyscraper and perform a life-or-death acrobatic stunt on the spire.

Never Look Away / New Zealand(Director: Lucy Lawless, Producers: Matthew Metcalfe, Tom Blackwell, Lucy Lawless) A swashbuckling CNN combat camerawoman and trailblazing female icon; the unbelievable, yet entirely true, story of award-winning journalist, Margaret Moth, is brought to vivid light by acclaimed actress and activist, Lucy Lawless, in her directorial debut.An inspirational and unflinching biography, which includes both testimonials from the people who knew and worked with Moth, and dramatic footage from the war zones she covered, Never Look Away delves into the life and work of an incredible woman, a true pioneer known for her tireless work to capture catastrophic events and atrocities on film, no matter the risk.


UK SHORTS PROGRAMME:

Alo / United Kingdom(Director: Xenia Glen, Producers: Amy George, Xenia Glen)Alo, an undocumented Filipino worker, lives in an overcrowded house share in London. When he is struck by an unexpected seizure, and becomes trapped internally in the throes of his symptoms, the residents feel pressured to call an ambulance, which catapults Alo into the UK health and immigration system.Cast: Iverson Yabut , Antosh Wojcik, Ericka Posadas

Essex Girls / United Kingdom(Director: Yero Timi-Biu, Screenwriter: Busayo Ige, Producers: Angela Moneke, Simon Hatton)After an incident at her high school shunts her into the orbit of the only other Black girl in her year, “Essex Girl” Bisola is plunged into a journey of discovering a whole new side of herself.Cast: Busayo Ige, Corinna Brown, Maisie Smith, Adrianna Bertola, Krysstina Frempong, Rebecca Dike

Good Boy / United Kingdom(Director: Tom Stuart, Producers: Kay Loxley, Max Marlow, Elettra Pizzi, Tom Stuart)Danny attempts to rob a bank with his overbearing mum but is scuppered by the appearance of figures from his past. With his mum in the back of his van, and a dead pigeon on the passenger seat, Danny has a growing sense of desperation. Cast: Ben Whishaw, Marion Bailey, Dino Fetscher, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Paul Chahidi, Mark Monero, Wendy Nottingham, Bettrys Jones, Ephraim Sampson, Tommy Belshaw

Mamu / United Kingdom, Taiwan(Director and Screenwriter: Aephie Chen, Producers: Aephie Chen, Emily Beynon, Ingvar HaukurGuðmundsson, Ado Kaliting PacidalIndigenous Taiwanese Mayaw brought up his biracial British daughter Rina on his own in London. As ageing Mayaw’s mind begins to fade, and he hears the call of his indigenous Taiwanese homeland and its magical guardians - very far from the grey London he now inhabits in which he and his daughter dream of each other in languages that they can’t understand anymore. They reconnect in their dreams and the lullaby leads the way.Cast: Aki Rupi, Suming Rupi, Kirsten Forster, Olivia Simmons, Osay Okesan Ciwidian

[S] / United Kingdom, Poland, Bulgaria(Director, Screenwriter, Producer: Mario Radev)[S] is an artwork that exposes the lifespan of infinity. The film delves into an immersive loop of organic forms, reflecting on the entangled nature of life and art.Cast: Mario Radev

Salone Love / United Kingdom, USA(Director: Tajana Tokyo, Producers: Tabs Breese, India Wadsworth)A scrapbook of opinions and advice about love in Sierra Leone.

Shé (Snake) / United Kingdom, USA(Director and Screenwriter: Renee Zhan, Producer: Jesse Romain)Fei is the top violinist in her elite youth orchestra. When another Chinese violinist arrives to challenge her place, Fei’s internalized racism grows to take monstrous physical form. They whisper to her, urging her to be the best, no matter the cost.Cast: Xiaonan Wang, Alina Lew, Simon Paisley Day, Elizabeth Chan, Leslie Ching, Grace Fan

Sundance Film Festival: London Ticket Passes are on sale now, with priority booking for Picturehouse Members and Sundance Film Festival Ticket Passholders on sale on 23 April.  Ticket sales to the general public will open on 30 April. Tickets can be purchased today with a Sundance Film Festival ticket pass; buy yours now at picturehouses.com/sundance. Become a Picturehouse Member now at picturehouses.com/membership 

We are committed to offering a number of Festival screenings and events with access options for people who are deaf and hard of hearing; more details will be published on the website.  For any questions or for more information please email enquiries@picturehouses.co.uk.


More information will be available at picturehouses.com/sundance. Join the conversation on social media with #sundancelondon

Sundance Film Festival: London 2024 is supported by: Lead Partner Chase®

For the first time, Chase® is partnering with Sundance Film Festival: London as a Lead Sponsor of the Festival. This builds on Chase Sapphire's 14-year support of the Sundance Film Festival, held annually in Utah. Chase is offering its customers special perks connected to Sundance Film Festival: London

Media partners are Screen International and Little White Lies.

Industry partners include BFI, BFI NETWORK, Lee & Thompson and Nowness.


SFFL FESTIVAL PASSES


FESTIVAL PASS

  • 5 festival ticket credits 

  • Priority ticket booking

  • 20% off food and drink during the festival

Festival Pass |  £80 


VIP FESTIVAL PASS

  • 1 free ticket for every SFFL screening and event

  • Invites to exclusive parties and events throughout the festival

  • Invites to all Industry talks and events throughout the festival

  • Priority ticket booking

  • 20% off food and drink during the festival

VIP Festival Pass |  £50


INDUSTRY PASS

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a keen up-and-comer, connect with some of the top creatives and executives in the film industry with our Industry Pass: network with inspiring experts, attend exclusive panels and events, and much more.

  • 3 festival ticket credits

  • Access to at least 15 exclusive Industry talks and networking events throughout the festival

  • Priority ticket booking

  • 20% off food and drink during the festival

Industry Pass  |  £125 

Capacity is limited to protect the intimate nature of our industry events. The past two years have sold out, so book early to avoid disappointment.


See our Terms & Conditions here for detailed information about Sundance Film Festival: London passes.


We are committed to offering a number of Festival screenings and events with access options for people who are deaf and hard of hearing; more details will be published on the website in May. For any questions or for more information about our accessibility offerings, please email enquiries@picturehouses.co.uk.


QUESTIONS ABOUT FESTIVAL PASSES?

If you purchased any kind of Festival Pass, you'll receive your ticket voucher code and further Pass Holder information within a few days of purchasing. Sit tight, and we'll be in touch soon.

If you are encountering any difficulties in buying your Festival, VIP, or Industry Pass for 2024, please reach out to Picturehouse Customer Care at customerservice@picturehouses.co.uk or call 0207 733 2229 (10.00 to 18.00) for assistance, and we'll ensure your pass is set up and ready.


Find all things Sundance Film Festival: London at picturehouses.com/sundance. Stay tuned for further announcements including our full line-up, special guests, and much more.


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