our 10 most anticipated films at this year’s sundance

i-D is at Sundance this year and as the festival kicks off, here’s the films we’re most looking forward to.

by Colin Crummy
22 January 2016, 10:46am

Yoga Hosers
Kevin Smith returns to the checkout counter of his cult debut Clerks but this time the action takes place in a Canadian convenience store and the stars are two teen yoga enthusiasts, minding shop in their after school jobs. It's the second of Smith's horror comedy trilogy True North and sees stars Lily Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith (the director's daughter) as the two Downward Dog obsessed adolescents battle an ancient evil that arises out of the Canadian crust. We are all over this.

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner produced HBO documentary which follows a group of LGBT clients of bespoke tailors, Brooklyn's Bindle & Keep as their perfect outfit for their weddings or birthdays becomes to mean more than just having something to wear for a big day out. This will hit TV screens in June and with Dunham on hand will likely to be a smart, incisive and inclusive take on trans themes.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
Another resolutely queer doc from HBO, this time a 'no holds barred' look at the life and art of legendary NYC photography Robert Mapplethorpe. Up to now, Mapplethorpe's work has been subject to much editing due to explicit, sexual nature but filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have promised to show his most shocking work exactly as he intended with commentary from friends and era comrades like Fran Lebowitz and Debbie Harry. This will debut at Sundance and air on HBO in April.

Becoming a man, fraternity style gets the film treatment in Goat which stars Nick Jonas as a frat boy who begins to question the clubby world of college hazing when his younger brother joins the fraternity in a bid to fit in. As the real life controversies around U.S. college fraternities has escalated in recent times, Goat delves into the young male psyche and the desire for acceptance.

The Fits
Part of the Sundance Next strand, showcasing emerging talent, this directorial debut from Anna Rose Holmer has a lot going for it. The Fits stars Royalty Hightower as a 11-year-old tomboy and boxer whose eye is taken by the all girl glamour of the dance squad that train in the same Cincinnati gym and who learns their drills, and absorbs their female confidence, from a distance.

Southside with You
Recounting that one time in 1989 a young attorney called Michelle Robinson went on a date with her firm's newbie associate, one Barack Obama. Apparently The President and First Lady are aware of it. Will it be as weird for us to watch as it might be for them?

Certain Women
A power trio line up for this story of lives intersecting in small town America which stars Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and Laura Dern. One of the most high profile cast lists at Sundance, this is a must see.

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
Spike Lee returns to the Michael Jackson story for the second time - he directed 2012's Bad 25 anniversary documentary - but this time goes way back to when MJ was just 20 years old and recording Off the Wall. The record was to prove personally liberating for Jackson and a commercial breakthrough for black artists; this documentary by Lee charts the making of the album and the impact it made.

The Fundamentals of Caring
Sundance's Closing Night film sees Paul Rudd play carer to an 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy (Craig Roberts) as the two hit the road where they find hope, friendship and a girl called Dot, played by Selena Gomez.

Director Sara Jordenö goes behind the scenes on a kiki, the safe space created by LGBT youth of colour in a documentary that promises plenty in the way of executive realness and an insight into the complex lives of its subjects. 


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