The 2019 Sundance Film Festival is just around the corner, an event where actors, screenwriters, directors, and producers show off their latest works and hope for distribution deals and accolades. There are dozens of movies and shorts across every genre in film scheduled to screen at this year’s event, and keeping track of the submissions is never an easy task. This year, IMDbPro put together a list of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival films that fans are most excited to see. These are the films going into the event with the most buzz, often with the biggest stars attached, and the list should help guide you over the next few weeks.
The IMDb list was created using exclusive data from the IMDbPro MOVIEmeter rankings, which are based on the actual page views of the more than 250M monthly unique visitors to IMDb.
“The Sundance Film Festival has launched some of the most acclaimed and award-winning independent films of all time,” said Matt Kumin, Head of IMDbPro. “With so many world premieres and first-time filmmakers set to make their debut over these 10 days, the list IMDbPro is revealing today offers a hint of what film-loving audiences around the world and industry professionals are most excited to see when the Festival kicks off.”
Topping the list this year for the Most Anticipated Movies World-Premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival is “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” from director Joe Berlinger and screenwriter Michael Werwie. The bio-drama chronicles the crimes of Ted Bundy and stars Haley Joel Osment, Zac Efron, and Lily Collins. In second-place this year is the drama “Velvet Buzzsaw,” from director and screenwriter Dan Gilroy. This mystery-thriller follows a collection of paintings that may be haunted and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich.
Sitting in third-place is “The Mustang,” from director and screenwriter Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. The drama tells the story of Roman Coleman, a violent criminal that is chosen to take part in an equestrian rehabilitation program. The film stars Josh Stewart, Connie Britton, and Matthias Schoenaerts. “Honey Boy” is a film written and starring Shia LaBeouf, and the film sits in fourth-place on the chart. The drama was directed by Alma Har’el and follows a child actor trying to connect with his alcoholic father. The film also stars Lucas Hedges, and Maika Monroe. Rounding out the top five this year is “Big Time Adolescence,” from director and screenwriter Jason Orley. The drama stars Machine Gun Kelly, Sydney Sweeney, Jon Cryer, and Pete Davidson, and follows an impressionable suburban teen with bad influences.
Other films that made the top ten that are worth mentioning are “Paradise Hills” with Eiza González, Emma Roberts, and Awkwafina; and “Them That Follow” with Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, and Walton Goggins. If you aren’t hitting the Sundance Film Festival with us, you can always find more info on the list by visiting imdb.com/sundance.