Check out what’s coming to Sundance Now for September 2020!
Tuesday, September 1
Away – Ria (Juno Temple) and Joseph (Timothy Spall) are kindred spirits, both looking for a way out: Ria wants out of town and is trying to scrape enough money together to get to the coast, while Joseph wants out of this life as he struggles to come to terms with the death of his wife. Their chance encounter leads to an unlikely friendship as both start to see in the other something that’s been missing from their life: Ria starts to get a sense of what it might have been like to have a father figure and, for the first time in a long time, Joseph starts to get a sense of optimism. This is a story of love, of loss and of hope played out against the magical backdrop of Blackpool.
Thursday, September 3
We Got This – Sundance Now Exclusive – Grieving from the recent death of his father, the sudden collapse of his career and the arrival of an unsurmountable tax
bill, George English, an American living in Sweden, stumbles onto an unlikely solution – a 50 million Swedish Crown reward for solving the 30-year-old murder of the former prime minister Olof Palme. Naturally, he begins to imagine that cracking the Palme case could be the answer to all of his problems. But after a major discovery, George finds himself on a head-on collision course with history, as their investigation goes from a laughing stock to a very real and closely watched operation by the media, politicians, and industry titans that, for a variety of reasons, would rather this case remain forever unsolved.
Monday, September 7
When I Walk – Winner of the 2015 News and Documentary Emmy Award. In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications. Jason tried exercise to help cope, but the problem only worsened. After his dispiriting fall on the beach, he turned to his Mom, who reminded him that, despite his disease, he was still a fortunate kid who had the opportunity to pursue the things he loved most: art and filmmaking. Jason picked up the camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery, and love.
When We Walk – Sundance Now Exclusive – The second part of a documentary trilogy from filmmaker Jason DaSilva, who has been living with a severe form of multiple sclerosis for over 10 years. In his wheelchair, Jason begins to realize just how many places he is unable to experience with his son. To solve that, he works on a nonprofit AXS Map to help him determine the places he could go to. When his son moves 1700 miles away to Austin, Texas he is unable to cope with this loss. He attempts to relocate to Austin which reveals to him the extent of the broken Medicaid system, & ultimately discovers that the Medicaid system would require him to live in a nursing home. When We Walk documents a devoted father and filmmaker with an indestructible drive to keep the cameras rolling no matter what and to show his son what it means to never give up.
Tuesday, September 8
The Suspect – FINALE – After a mistrial is declared and the jury is dismissed, the new trial begins with Justice Morrison adjudicating alone. Police officers are called to the stand to recount their movements in the crime scene raising concerns about the forensic evidence gathered at the scene. A new witness recounts seeing a mysterious man leaving the building the night of the murder. It is revealed that Richard Oland did not touch his computer after Dennis leaves his office and a toxicology report raises questions about the possibility that Richard went out for a drink before he was murdered. When the verdict is finally given, will justice be served?
Thursday, September 10
River – John River (Stellan Skarsgård) is a brilliant police inspector whose genius lies side-by-side with the fragility of his mind. He is a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.
Monday, September 14
Blindsight – Six blind Tibetan teenagers climb the Lhakpa-Ri peak of Mount Everest, led by seven-summit blind mountain-climber Erik Weihenmayer.
The Vicious King – Caleb Sinclaire (Adam Scott) has just been through a particularly difficult breakup. Isolated, yet strangely contented with his newly single status, Caleb wears his disdain toward women as a macho badge of honor. However, when Thanksgiving weekend arrives and Caleb meets his younger brother Peter’s (Alex Frost) new girlfriend, Emma (Brittany Snow), he tries to warn his brother away from her but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process.
Encounters at The End of The World – Renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent’s beauty and investigate the characters living there.
National Bird – This documentary follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences.
Tuesday, September 15
Fight For Justice: David and Me – When troubled Canadian teen Ray Klonsky began writing letters to prison inmate David McCallum, both of their lives changed forever. Hundreds of letters later, Ray graduated from university determined to set his wrongly convicted friend free.
Thursday, September 17
One Lane Bridge – Sundance Now Exclusive – During a murder investigation at Queenstown’s infamous One Lane Bridge, ambitious young Maori Detective, Ariki Davis played by Dominic Ona-Ariki, inadvertently reawakens a spiritual gift that endangers the case, his career, and his life.
Monday, September 21
War of Art – Artists from across the Western world visit North Korea to take part in a “cultural exchange” – with varying degrees of success and failure.
The Departure – A profile of Buddhist monk Ittetsu Nemoto, a counselor for suicidal patients, as he approaches middle age and faces the possibility of his own mortality.
Cosmopolis – Unfolding in a single cataclysmic day, the story follows Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) – a 28-year-old financial whiz kid and billionaire asset manager – as he heads out in his tricked-out stretch limo to get a haircut from his father’s old barber, while remotely wagering his company’s massive fortune on a bet against the Chinese Yuan. He started the day with everything, believing he is the future, but Packer’s perfectly ordered, doubt-free world is about to implode.
Thursday, September 24
Slings and Arrows – Season 2 Premiere – In its second season, the award-winning Canadian comedy about a struggling Shakespearean theatre troupe explores the conflicts of middle age and rebranding: am I who I want to be or not to be?
Monday, September 28
People You May Know – In the opening days of 2018, Alabama-native journalist Charles Kriel walked into the UK Parliament to give evidence that Cambridge Analytica has harvested data on millions of people across America and Britain, using it to manipulate the election of Donald Trump and the British referendum on leaving the EU. The Committee appointed him Special Advisor, beginning an 18-month investigation.
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One Million American Dreams – What happens if you fall so far short of success in the world’s most iconic city that you can’t even afford to be buried properly? Less than 16 miles from central Manhattan lies Hart Island, a 101-acre cemetery and the final resting place of over 1 million New Yorkers. But this is no ordinary cemetery. This is the last stop on the journey of the city’s unclaimed dead.
Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans – The story of how one of the most volatile, charismatic stars of his generation, who seemingly lost so much, nevertheless followed his dream to the end.