While titles from last year’s Sundance Film Festival like Nanny and Living continue to make waves during the current awards season, the tide is carrying in a fresh set of films we’ll surely be talking about for months to come. Park City was back to business as usual, while still including an online portion that opened the festival up to film professionals and lovers of limited means and accessibility barriers.
On the ground at the in-person screenings there was an undeniable energy among folks happy to be back experiencing the high altitude thrills of an Eccles Theater audience. Our intrepid duo of Flynn Slicker and Brian Formo were there, getting the Letterboxd microphone in front of people like Will Ferrell, Anne Hathaway, Ben Whishaw and Nicole Holofcener. Our festival correspondent Annie Lyons tracked Letterboxd reactions across the fest, scoping out your thoughts on gay dads and sexy Catholicism, deceitful fairies and Desi-coded action, and the big award winners granted by Sundance’s juries and audiences.
Now that we’ve taken stock and compared our responses to those from the wider Letterboxd community, we present ten narrative features and ten documentaries that were our highlights from Sundance 2023.
Contributions from Annie Lyons, Rafa Sales Ross, Gemma Gracewood, Mitchell Beaupre, Adesola Thomas, Leo Koziol, Ella Kemp, Isaac Feldberg and Mia Vicino.