Sundance Film Festival 2019: 5 Films To Put On Your Radar

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Hollywood may still be rewarding 2018’s best cinema, but up in Park City, Utah, they’re already looking ahead. This week marks the launch of the annual Sundance Film Festival, and with it, a whole new slate of independent films. Here, we round up the most hotly anticipated releases.

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Velvet Buzzsaw

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It’s no secret that Netflix has had an uneasy relationship with film festivals in the past – its movies have been booed at Cannes (Okja, 2017) and won top prizes at Venice (Roma2018). The streaming giant is hoping to make a splash at Sundance this year with Velvet Buzzsaw, a satirical thriller skewering the pomposity of Los Angeles’ contemporary-art world. The movie reunites Jake Gyllenhaal with Nightcrawler’s writer-director Dan Gilroy, who – together with Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton and John Malkovich – investigate how artworks appeal to super-rich collectors in what looks to be a twisted, head-spinning romp. The best part is that Velvet Buzzsaw will be available on Netflix mere days after its festival premiere. Who ever said the company’s day-and-date release strategy was a bad idea?

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‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ will be on Netflix from 2 February.

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