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2019 Sundance Film Festival: Preview of Selected Premieres

Emma Thompson appears in Late Night by Nisha Ganatra, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Emily Aragones.

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival features another enlightening line-up of international independent films. The annual industry event will be held this year from January 24 to February 3 in Park City, Utah.

The festival presents dramatic and documentary feature-length films from emerging and established artists as well as innovative short films. Special events include filmmaker forums and panels, live music performances ranging from solo acts to film composer events, cutting-edge media installations and engaging community and student programs.

2019 Sundance Film Festival Premieres: Light and Transformation

Featuring some of the most original storytellers, here are some of the
2019 Sundance Film Festival premieres with recurring themes of light and transformation.

Viveik Kalra, Nell Williams and Aaron Phagura appear in Blinded by the Light by Gurinder Chadha, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Nick Wall.


BLINDED BY THE LIGHT focuses on the power of music, through Bruce Springsteen’s hits, while exploring father-son differences. When teenager and music fan Javed identifies with “Born to Run” sentiments and the poetic lyrics of The Boss, his own creativity and wanderlust are ignited. Based on the memoir of celebrated Guardian journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, this coming- of-age film explores the capacity of music to reach beyond race, religion and birthplace to reveal our true essence.

Sanya Malhotra and Nawazuddin Siddiqui appear in Photograph by Ritesh Batra, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.


PHOTOGRAPH, in the Sundance Premieres program, features a struggling street photographer in Mumbai. To cope with his grandmother’s ongoing pressure to marry, he asks a shy stranger to pretend that she is his fiancée. In a surprising twist, the “couple” end up forming a bond, which change them in unexpected ways.

Jenny Slate appears in The Sunlit Night by David Wnendt, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Eirik Evjen.

THE SUNLIT NIGHT, set between New York City and the far north of Norway, tells the story of American painter Frances and émigré Yasha. During an unusual meeting in the Arctic circle, they find each other in a place without sunsets. Frances needs to shake up her career, and Yasha has the sad job of burying his father. Under the Arctic’s bright sky even at night, they find a way to move forward with a new understanding of family.

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