With the Women’s March on Washington and the ban on Muslims both occurring during the festival, politics and the current state of American democracy were on the minds of everyone, and topical films that looked at ISIS (City of Ghosts), climate change (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power), Russia’s state-sponsored doping program (Icarus), race (Mudbound) and the criminal justice system (Whose Streets? Blue Ruin and Green Room actor Macon Blair’s feature directing debut stars Melanie Lynskey as a nursing assistant determined to get her belongings back after she is robbed.
She is joined on her quest by her martial-arts-enthusiast neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood), but the two find more trouble than they ever expected.
As a way to capitalize on the wait, Drizzy is opening a new spot in Los Angeles, California. Drake has opened a few spots during his music projects.
’s Lakeith Stanfield as Colin Warner, a man who spent decades in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.The audience winner was Crown Heights, and while not a hit with critics, the based-on-a-true-story drama captured the hearts of festivalgoers with its dramatization of the personal toll taken on those falsely imprisoned.While no film sold for a record-setting sum like last year (when the controversial The Birth of Nation was picked up for .5 million), the proliferation of buyers resulted in eight films selling for at least million.The Playlist’s Rodrigo Perez thinks the stylish coming-of-age drama is a “captivating experience,” but Jessica Kiang, writing for Variety, believes it is a “formally impressive but thematically slippery directorial debut.” Writer-director Eliza Hittman’s follow-up to her 2013 Sundance debut It Felt Like Love is another story of teenage sexuality, but this time Hittman looks at a boy named Frankie (newcomer Harris Dickinson, in a widely praised lead performance), who is struggling to come to terms with his attraction to men while spending time with his girlfriend and troublesome friends. Screen Daily’s Wendy Ide praises Palmer’s performance as “daringly low-key,” and Bryan Bishop of The Verge believes “Shortland deftly switches between locked-door thriller mode and more nuanced character work.” Based on the real-life romance between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V.Gordon (who penned the script) and starring Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, this comedy directed by Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name Is Doris) follows a new couple as they struggle with cultural differences and a major illness.This time, Drake’s clothing and accessory line is at the forefront.