sundance film festival 2018

Some of the Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018

Studio executives flock to Park City hoping to find the next big thing in indie film. It’s a chance to get their hands on the newest “The Big Sick,” the kind of powerful movie that has what it takes to break out into the mainstream. A number of films heading to the festival are already generating heat, sight unseen. Variety runs down the movies that are most likely to spark all-night bidding wars.

Damsel
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster
Directors: David Zellner & Nathan Zellner

Why Buyers Are Circling:
Pattinson may have hung up the fangs, but the “Twilight” star still commands crowds (particularly overseas). This offbeat western sounds like a change of pace for the recovering tween idol.

Blaze
Cast: Benjamin Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Josh Hamilton, Charlie Sexton
Director: Ethan Hawke

Why Buyers Are Circling:
Studio suits will turn out for Hawke, the éminence gris of the indie world, but they’ll come away impressed by Dickey, an unknown actor who has a showy role as a songwriting legend.

Monsters and Men
Cast: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

Why Buyers Are Circling:
This ripped-from-the-headlines look at a police shooting is being talked up as the next “Fruitvale Station.”

Hearts Beat Loud
Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Toni Collette
Director: Brett Haley

Why Buyers Are Circling:
Haley is returning to Sundance for the third time in four years. His previous efforts, “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and “The Hero,” became unexpected art-house hits, giving him commercial cred.

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
Director: Stephen Loveridge

Why Buyers Are Circling:
The film boasts unprecedented access to the controversial pop star, following M.I.A. through the making of her chart-topping hits and battles with the music industry.

White Fang
Cast: Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Eddie Spears, Paul Giamatti
Director: Alexandre Espigares

Why Buyers Are Circling:
The animated adaptation of Jack London’s wolf tale has crowd-pleaser written all over it.

Wildlife
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould
Director: Paul Dano

Why Buyers Are Circling:
The coming-of-age drama marks Dano’s directorial debut. The tony pedigree — it’s based on a Richard Ford novel — and the cast make it a must-see.

Studio 54
Director: Matt Tyrnauer

Why Buyers Are Circling:
A return to the center of ’70s nightlife — a font of sex, celebrity and mountains of cocaine. What’s not to love?

The Catcher Was a Spy
Cast: Paul Rudd, Jeff Daniels, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti
Director: Ben Lewin

Why Buyers Are Circling:
The incredible true story of a pro baseball player, lawyer and linguist who helped the U.S. fight the Nazis. You can’t make that stuff up.

Assassination Nation
Cast: Suki Waterhouse, Odessa Young, Bella Thorne, Bill Skarsgård, Joel McHale
Director: Sam Levinson

Why Buyers Are Circling:
This vigilante tale, about a town getting up in arms (literally) when their digital histories and text are hacked, packs a grindhouse wallop.

Wayne