Every year around this time critics brave the chilly temperatures to wade through one of the most high-profile cinema events to take place in the United States. With over 100 films (including 99 world premieres), the Sundance Film Festival promises to deliver yet again a new crop of indie gems that have made it arguably the official kick-off of the year in film. As usual, you’ll find your fair share of famed faces gracing screens in Park City, Utah; the likes of Gael García Bernal, John Leguizamo, Luis Gerardo Méndez and Tessa Thompson are all popping up in some of the most intriguing entries at this year’s fest.

Given that the fest has a number of World Cinema programs, it’s no surprise to see films from Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba among others tackling everything from translators and anxious actresses to tech-driven teens and holidaying dads. Since the full program can be daunting, we’ve combed through it all, found the Latino titles you should keep an eye out for as coverage for the fest begins in full, and made it into a handy list. We’ve gone ahead and included films directed by US Latinos, Latin Americans as well movies directed by non-Latinos but featuring Latino talent. Check it out below.

The Sundance Film Festival runs January 18-28, 2018.

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Blindspotting

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Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal appea in Blindspotting by Carlos López Estrada, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
Synopsis

Collin is trying to make it through his final days of probation for an infamous arrest he can’t wait to put behind him. Always by his side is his fast-talking childhood bestie, Miles, who has a knack for finding trouble. They grew up together in the notoriously rough Oakland, a.k.a. “The Town,” which has become the new trendy place to live in the rapidly gentrifying Bay Area. But when Collin’s chance for a fresh start is interrupted by a life-changing missed curfew, his friendship with Miles is forced out of its comfortable buddy-comedy existence, and the Bay boys are set on a spiraling collision course with each other on this drama from Mexican-born director Carlos Lopez Estrada.


Film Details

Director Carlos Lopez Estrada
Country United States
Genre Drama
Writer Rafael Casal Daveed Diggs
Producer Keith Calder Jess Calder Daveed Diggs Rafael Casal
Production Year 2018
Running Time 95 minutes
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The Kindergarten Teacher

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Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Sevak appear in The Kindergarten Teacher by Sara Colangelo, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
Synopsis

Stuck in Staten Island, married to a kind but oblivious husband, and living with kids that mostly ignore her, 40-year-old Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) plods through her days teaching kindergarten with growing numbness. Her one source of joy is an evening poetry class across the bay in Lower Manhattan. But one day everything changes—Lisa discovers that a five-year-old boy in her class may be the poet she can only dream of being. She becomes fascinated. Could this child be a prodigy? A Mozart? Fascination turns to obsession as Lisa pushes boundaries to protect the boy from a banal life she knows too well. In a harrowing climax, Lisa risks her career, her family, and her freedom to nurture his genius and possibly tap into her own. The pic also stars Rosa Salazar and Gael García Bernal.


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Director Sara Colangelo
Country United States
Genre Drama
Writer Sara Colangelo
Producer Talia Kleinhendler Osnat Handelsman-Keren Trudie Styler Maggie Gyllenhaal Celine Rattray
Production Year 2018
Running Time 96 minutes
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Monsters and Men

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Anthony Ramos and John David Washington appear in Monsters and Men by Reinaldo Marcus Green, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Alystyre Julian.
Synopsis

One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn’s Bed–Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega (Anthony Ramos) witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighborhood street hustler, and Manny films the incident on his phone. Now he’s faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice? This is the feature film debut of  African-American and Puerto Rican director Reinaldo Marcus Green.


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Director Reinaldo Marcus Green
Country United States
Genre Drama
Writer Reinaldo Marcus Green
Producer Elizabeth Lodge Stepp Julia Lebedev Luca Borghese Josh Penn Eddie Vaisman
Production Year 2018
Running Time 98 minutes
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Sorry to Bother You

Director Boots Riley
Production Year 2018
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Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson appear in 'Sorry to Bother You.' Photo by Doug Emmett. Courtesy of Sundance Institute
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Lakeith Stanfield appears in Sorry to Bother You by Boots Riley, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Doug Emmett.
Synopsis

Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a 30-something black telemarketer with self-esteem issues, discovers a magical selling power living inside of him. Suddenly he’s rising up the ranks to the elite team of his company, which sells heinous products and services. The upswing in Cassius’s career raises serious red flags with his brilliant girlfriend, Detroit (played by Panamanian-Mexican-American actress Tessa Thompson), a sign-twirling gallery artist who is secretly a part of a Banksy-style collective called Left Eye. But the unimaginable hits the fan when Cassius meets the company’s cocaine-snorting, orgy-hosting, obnoxious, and relentlessly optimistic CEO, Steve Lift (Armie Hammer).


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Director Boots Riley
Country United States
Genre Drama
Writer Boots Riley
Producer Charles King George Rush Jonathan Duffy Kelly Williams Forest Whitaker Nina Yang Bongiovi
Production Year 2018
Running Time 105 minutes
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Tyrel

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Jason Mitchell, Roddy Bottum, Michael Cera, Max Born, Caleb Landry Jones, Christopher Abbott, Nico Arze, Philip Ettinger and Michael Zegen appear in Tyrel by Sebastián Silva, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
Synopsis

Tyler joins his friend on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party with several people he doesn’t know. As soon as they get there, it’s clear that (1) he’s the only black guy, and (2) it’s going to be a weekend of heavy drinking. Although Tyler is welcomed, he can’t help but feel uneasy in “Whitesville.” The combination of all the testosterone and alcohol starts to get out of hand, and Tyler’s precarious situation starts to feel like a nightmare. Chilean writer-director Sebastián Silva casually conjures an undeniable underlying tension: he puts the viewer on edge and makes them fear an almost imperceptible threat.


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Director Sebastián Silva
Country United States
Genre Drama
Writer Sebastián Silva
Producer Jacob Wasserman Sebastián Silva Gigi Graff Carlos Zozaya Max Born
Production Year 2018
Running Time 86 minutes
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Bisbee '17

Director Robert Greene
Production Year 2018
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Fernando Serrano appears in Bisbee '17 by Robert Greene, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jarred Alterman/4th Row Films.
Synopsis

It’s 2017 in Bisbee, Arizona, an old copper-mining town just miles from the Mexican border. The town’s close-knit community prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bisbee’s darkest hour: the infamous Bisbee Deportation of 1917, during which 1,200 striking miners were violently taken from their homes, banished to the middle of the desert, and left to die. Townspeople confront this violent, misunderstood past by staging dramatic recreations of the escalating strike. These dramatized scenes are based on subjective versions of the story and “directed,” in a sense, by residents with conflicting views of the event. Deeply personal segments torn from family history build toward a massive restaging of the deportation itself on the exact day of its 100th anniversary.


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Director Robert Greene
Country United States
Genre Documentary
Writer Robert Greene
Producer Douglas Tirola Susan Bedusa Bennett Elliott
Production Year 2018
Running Time 124 minutes
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Crime + Punishment

Director Stephen Maing
Production Year 2018
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A film still from Crime + Punishment by Stephen Maing, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute. All photos are copyrighted and may be used by press only for the purpose of news or editorial coverage of Sundance Institute programs. Photos must be accompanied by a credit to the photographer and/or 'Courtesy of Sundance Institute.' Unauthorized use, alteration, reproduction or sale of logos and/or photos is strictly prohibited.
Synopsis

Meet the NYPD12: a group of minority whistleblower officers who risk everything to expose racially discriminatory policing practices and smash the blue wall of silence. Crime + Punishment is a captivating and cinematic investigation into the New York Police Department’s outlawed practices of quota-driven policing and officer retaliation. Using secret recordings between officers and commanders, firsthand accounts, and emotional testimony, the NYPD12 detail the explosive truth when no one else will listen. In the meantime, Manny Gomez, an ex-cop turned private investigator, collects testimony from young minorities who have been affected by these policies and targeted by officers in the name of fighting crime.


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Director Stephen Maing
Country United States
Genre Documentary
Writer Stephen Maing Ross Tuttle
Production Year 2018
Running Time 112 minutes
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Inventing Tomorrow

Director Laura Nix
Production Year 2018
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Fernando Miguel Sánchez Villalobos, Jose Manuel Elizade Esparaza and Jesús Alfonso Martínez Aranda appear in Inventing Tomorrow by Laura Nix, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by IQ 190 Productions.
Synopsis

Indonesia, India, Mexico, Hawaii, and many other countries, communities, and islands are rife with the ravages of environmental degradation. But hope comes with a surprising—and touching—group of young people. Meet six brilliant high school students as they prepare for the world’s largest high school science competition: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Inspired by the issues and problems they’ve witnessed in their own communities, these teens propose big ideas and ingenious solutions to the world’s environmental challenges. With unfettered minds and ambition, they descend upon Los Angeles to participate in ISEF and meet thousands of their peers from all over the world. Soon, a sense of global community forms, focused on making the world a better place.


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Director Laura Nix
Country United States
Genre Documentary
Producer Diane Becker Melanie Miller Laura Nix
Production Year 2018
Running Time 100 minutes
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The Sentence

Director Rudy Valdez
Production Year 2017
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Cynthia Shank, Autumn Shank, Ava Shank and Annalis Shank appear in The Sentence by Rudy Valdez, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
Synopsis

Drawing from hundreds of hours of footage, filmmaker Rudy Valdez shows the aftermath of his sister Cindy’s incarceration for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend—something known, in legal terms, as “the girlfriend problem.” Cindy’s 15-year mandatory sentence is hard on everyone, but for her husband and children, Cindy’s sudden banishment feels like a kind of death that becomes increasingly difficult to grapple with. Valdez’s method of coping with this tragedy is to film his sister’s family for her, both the everyday details and the milestones—moments Cindy herself can no longer share in. But in the midst of this nightmare, Valdez finds his voice as both a filmmaker and activist, and he and his family begin to fight for Cindy’s release during the last months of the Obama administration’s clemency initiative. Whether their attempts will allow Cindy to break free of her draconian sentence becomes the aching question at the core of this riveting and deeply personal portrait of a family in crisis.


Film Details

Director Rudy Valdez
Country United States
Genre Documentary
Producer Sam Bisbee Jackie Kelman Bisbee
Production Year 2017
Running Time 85 minutes
10

Loveling

Director Gustavo Pizzi
Country Uruguay, Brazil
Production Year 2017
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Karine Teles and Otavio Muller appear in Loveling by Gustavo Pizzi, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Bianca Aun.
Synopsis

Irene is raising four rambunctious sons in a home that is physically crumbling but warm and happy. As Irene simultaneously shelters her sister Sonia (who just left a volatile marriage), supports her own husband through a financial crisis, and plans her own long-awaited high school graduation, Irene’s eldest son, Fernando, suddenly announces he has been recruited by a professional handball team in Germany and will be leaving in just three weeks. Consummate caretaker Irene prickles at the idea of emancipating the 16-year-old so he can travel and live alone, and she becomes increasingly anxious about what her future holds.


Film Details

Director Gustavo Pizzi
Country Uruguay Brazil
Genre Drama
Writer Gustavo Pizzi Karine Teles
Producer Tatiana Leite
Production Year 2017
Running Time 95 minutes
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The Queen of Fear

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Valeria Bertuccelli appears in The Queen of Fear by Valeria Bertucelli and Fabiana Tiscornia, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
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Valeria Bertuccelli appears in The Queen of Fear by Valeria Bertucelli and Fabiana Tiscornia, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
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Valeria Bertuccelli appears in The Queen of Fear by Valeria Bertucelli and Fabiana Tiscornia, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
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Valeria Bertuccelli appears in The Queen of Fear by Valeria Bertucelli and Fabiana Tiscornia, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
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Valeria Bertuccelli appears in The Queen of Fear by Valeria Bertucelli and Fabiana Tiscornia, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
Synopsis

Eccentric yet lovable Robertina is a celebrated theatre actress whose one-woman show is set to open in a week. Occupied with half-hearted rehearsals, she tries to distract herself from her husband’s unexplained absence, even as her underlying anxieties threaten to overwhelm her. When she discovers a close friend from her past is dying, she doesn’t hesitate to drop everything and fly across the world to visit him one last time. Their bittersweet reunion forces Robertina to re-examine her priorities and the opulent lifestyle she has fashioned for herself. Steeped in subtle absurdist comedy and featuring a remarkable lead performance at its core, The Queen of Fear is unafraid to explore apprehension and theatricality, questioning what it means to unravel in a world that is so tightly wound.


Film Details

Director Valeria Bertuccelli Fabiana Tiscornia
Country Denmark Argentina
Genre Drama
Writer Valeria Bertuccelli
Producer Matías Roveda Benjamin Domenech Santiago Gallelli
Production Year 2018
Running Time 107 minutes
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Rust

Director Aly Muritiba
Country Brazil
Production Year 2018
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Tifanny Dopke, Dudah Azevedo, Giovana Negrelli, Nathlia Garcia, Rafaelle Becker, Victor Amaral and Pedro Inoue appear in Rust by Aly Muritiba, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | phot by Rosano Mauro Jr.
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Tifanny Dopke appears in Rust by Aly Muritiba, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | phot by Rosano Mauro Jr.
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Giovanni DeLorenzi and Tifanny Dopke appear in Rust by Aly Muritiba, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | phot by Rosano Mauro Jr.
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Enrique Diaz and Giovanni Delorenzi appear in Rust by Aly Muritiba, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | phot by Rosano Mauro Jr.
Synopsis

Tati and Renet are high school students who share an instant connection over social media that deepens during a class trip. Their nascent relationship screeches to a halt the next day, though, once Tati discovers that her lost phone has resulted in the leaking of an intimate video to the entire school. Desperate for answers and frustrated at the shaming that ensues, Tati tries to hold her head high even as her resolve threatens to crumble. Simultaneously, Renet grapples with instability at home, where his separated parents vie for control over what is best for their children, and their fragmented parenting starts to take its toll.


Film Details

Director Aly Muritiba
Country Brazil
Genre Drama
Writer Aly Muritiba Jessica Candal
Producer Antônio Junior
Production Year 2018
Running Time 100 minutes
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Tiempo Compartido

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A film still from Time Share (Tiempo Compartido by Sebastián Hofmann, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Matias Penachino.
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Luis Gerardo Mendez and Andres Almeid appear in Time Share (Tiempo Compartido by Sebastián Hofmann, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Matias Penachino.
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Luis Gerardo Mendez appears in Time Share (Tiempo Compartido by Sebastián Hofmann, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Matias Penachino.
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Miguel Rodarte appears in Time Share (Tiempo Compartido by Sebastián Hofmann, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Matias Penachino.
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Luis Gerardo Mendez and Andres Almeida appear in Time Share (Tiempo Compartido by Sebastián Hofmann, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Matias Penachino.
Synopsis

Pedro and Eva arrive at the Vistamar mega-resort to “heal” their lives. Settling into a private villa with their young son, they’re surprised to find another family at the door; a clerical mistake has left them double-booked. The families make do, attending the resort’s time-share seminar and enjoying its pools and activities, and they are catered to by the staff of “leisure experts,” including Andres and Gloria, an estranged, middle-aged couple. While Gloria advances her career, Andres toils in a laundry job, dubious of the resort’s new corporate ownership. As Pedro becomes paranoid that his family is being pried away from him, he and Andres band together to expose the sinister forces at work in the tropical paradise. The film stars Luis Gerardo Méndez (Club de Cuervos), RJ Mitte, Miguel Rodarte, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Montserrat Maranon, and Andrés Almeida.


Film Details
Time Share
Director Sebastián Hofmann
Country Netherlands Mexico
Genre Drama
Writer Sebastián Hofmann Julio Chavezmontes
Producer Julio Chavezmontes
Production Year 2017
Running Time 96 minutes
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Un Traductor

Country Canada, Cuba
Production Year 2017
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Maricel Álvarez appears in Un Traductor by Rodrigo Barriuso and Sebastián Barriuso, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Gabriel Guerra Bianchini.
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Rodrigo Santoro appears in Un Traductor by Rodrigo Barriuso and Sebastián Barriuso, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Gabriel Guerra Bianchini.
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Rodrigo Santoro appears in Un Traductor by Rodrigo Barriuso and Sebastián Barriuso, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Gabriel Guerra Bianchini.
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Rodrigo Santoro appears in Un Traductor by Rodrigo Barriuso and Sebastián Barriuso, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Gabriel Guerra Bianchini.
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Rodrigo Santoro and Yoandra Surez appear in Un Traductor by Rodrigo Barriuso and Sebastián Barriuso, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Gabriel Guerra Bianchini.
Synopsis

In 1989 Havana, Russian literature professor Malin (Rodrigo Santoro) gets a mysterious note at the university with orders from the government sending him to a local hospital, where he learns he is expected to act as translator between the Cuban doctors and the families of young patients from the Chernobyl disaster. Initially raging against his new role, Malin is forced to stay on, and he eventually becomes deeply devoted to his patients. But while he becomes “king of the kids” at the hospital, his relationships with his pregnant wife and young son suffer. Meanwhile, life around all of them shifts as the “Special Period”—the economic crisis in Cuba that followed the dissolution of the Soviet Union—begins. Rooted in the little-known true story of how twenty thousand Chernobyl victims were eventually treated in Cuba, Un Traductor immerses an emotional drama in crisply shot, beautifully realized period detail of Havana in 1989.


Film Details

Director Rodrigo Barriuso Sebastián Barriuso
Country Canada Cuba
Genre Drama
Writer Lindsay Gossling
Producer Sebastián Barriuso Lindsay Gossling
Production Year 2017
Running Time 107 minutes
15

We The Animals

Production Year 2018
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Raul Castillo and Evan Rosado appear in We The Animals by Jeremiah Zagar, an official selection of the NEXT program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Zak Mulligan.
Synopsis

Us three, brothers, kings inseparable. Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood. Their parents (Sheila Vand and Raul Castillo) have a volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over, leaving the boys fending for themselves. As their parents rip at one another, Manny and Joel ultimately harden and grow into versions of their father. With the triumvirate fractured, Jonah—the youngest, the dreamer—becomes increasingly aware of his desperate need to escape. Driven to the edge, Jonah embraces an imagined world all his own. With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar based on the celebrated Justin Torres novel, We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by strikingly layered performances from its astounding cast, elements of magical realism, and unbelievable animated sequence


Film Details

Director Jeremiah Zagar
Country United States
Genre Fantasy Drama
Writer Dan Kitrosser Jeremiah Zagar
Producer Jeremy Yaches Christina D. King Andrew Goldman Paul Mezey
Production Year 2018
Running Time 90 minutes
16

Science Fair

Production Year 2018
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A film still from Science Fair directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, an official selection of the Kids program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Pete Alton.
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A film still from Science Fair directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, an official selection of the Kids program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Pete Alton.
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A film still from Science Fair directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, an official selection of the Kids program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Pete Alton.
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A film still from Science Fair directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, an official selection of the Kids program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Pete Alton.
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A film still from Science Fair directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, an official selection of the Kids program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Pete Alton.
Synopsis

Every year, over 1,700 students from 75 countries compete in the annual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a highly competitive showcase of the world’s top young scientific minds. Selected from millions of students who qualified through sanctioned events to reach the international competition, these finalists are competing for the coveted top prize that, as one previous winner explains, “will change your life in ways you won’t even comprehend.” Science Fair follows one mentor and nine students from around the world as they prepare their projects and team for the 2017 ISEF event in Los Angeles. Among the subjects the documentary follows is Kashfia, the only Muslim girl at a massive high school in South Dakota; Myllena and Gabriel, teenagers from a poor town in Brazil; and Dr. McCalla, a black science research teacher from Long Island. This absorbing film helmed by Darren Foster and Latina director Cristina Costantini illuminates a group of amazing young men and women who are on a path to change the world through science.


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High & Mighty

Production Year 2017
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The digital series High & Mighty is playing in the Indie Episodic section.

Synopsis

Lovable loser from the hood, Chelo Chavez, needs to get his shit together. After surviving a vicious shooting unscathed, Marcelo “Chelo” Chavez discovers that he has superhuman powers. But only when he’s drunk or high. Meaning really drunk…and really high! With the help of his sarcastic lil’ sis and his homies Hugo and Pat, Chelo tries to find out how he got these powers…and what he’s going to do with them now. Will Chelo be the savior of his Latino LA hood? Or just a bulletproof bum with a drinking problem?


Film Details

Director Carlos Lopez Estrada
Country United States
Genre Series
Writer Cesar Mazariegos
Producer Adam Hendricks John H. Lang Greg Gilreath
Production Year 2017
Running Time 25 minutes