Sundance 2019: The Films To Watch Out For This Year

Another year at Sundance is upon us and 25YL is set to cover everything. Before the juggernaut of junkets and snow-capped mountains cloud our vision, we’ve got some thoughts on which films will be the biggest hits. As always, let us know what your looking forward to at this year’s festival and keep up with 25YL throughout the festival for special coverage.


Brittany Runs a Marathon

Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo

Screenwriter: Paul Downs Colaizzo


Life takes some surprising turns for a young New Yorker in this intriguing comedy.  The debut effort from director and writer Paul Downs Colaizzo promises to be one of the festival’s biggest hits.

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Troop Zero

Director: Bert&Bertie

Screenwriter: Lucy Alibar


The female writing and directing team Bert&Bertie come to Sundance with a story that turns outsiders into heroines. It’s a smart, ambitious project that will have everyone talking long after the film ends.

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Corporate Animals

Director: Patrick Brice

Screenwriter:  Sam Bain


Patrick Brice returns to Sundance with a clausterphobia inducing experience. Set in the close proximity of a cave, this battle for survival promises to be as exciting as it is disturbing.

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Paradise Hills

Director: Alice Waddington

Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo and Brian DeLeeuw


Alice Waddington’s film challenges the notions of being a young woman and confronts how society views this often exploited demographic. This take on boarding school is a  challenging story that deserves an audience.

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Fighting with My Family

Director: Stephen Merchant

Screenwriter: Stephen Merchant


This late addition to the festival brings together British sensibilities and the world of wrestling. Not the most likely pairing, but it’s worth a look thanks to writer and director Stephen Merchant.

Late Night

Director: Nisha Ganatra

Screenwriter: Mindy Kaling


The gender politics of late night TV take center stage in this tale from writer and actress Kaling.

Greener Grass

Director: Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe

Screenwriter: Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe


Suburban life will never be the same thanks to the strangely fascinating film. Part Twilight Zone, part comedy du jour, this cinematic journey is all about challenging perceptions on every level.

Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019)

Memory – The Origins of Alien

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

Screenwriter: Alexandre O. Philippe

You don’t have to be a die-hard fan of the Alien series to appreciate this documentary about its inception. Full of notes and archival materials, Alexandre O. Philippe’s journey to the heart of the film’s history is required viewing.

Written by Valerie Thompson

Former staff member

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