Sundance London at Picturehouse Central

Picturehouse Central may not feel like Utah, sitting as it does on Shaftesbury Avenue opposite a pub and a McDonald’s, but we’re not complaining: Sundance Film Festival, which famously takes place in the Beehive State’s Park City, is returning to the cinema for its fifth London iteration. Previous editions of the Festival have been as star-studded as one would expect, with patrons including Prince Charles, Michael Fassbender, Gemma Arterton, Ryan Reynolds, Peaches, Rose McGowan and Minnie Driver. This year is no exception, as Salma Hayek, director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White are slated to open the festival on June 1 by introducing the European premiere of Beatriz at Dinner. A stand-out from the January festival in Utah, the film is a racially charged, dark comedy that sees Hayek play a “healer”, Beatriz, whose reiki-enthusiast client invites her to a supper where she clashes with self-satisfied billionaire Don (John Lithgow). The full Festival line-up will be announced soon, but with last year’s event boasting the premieres of the Philip Roth adaptation Indignation, the brilliant documentary Life, Animated and indie director Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog among others, there’s bound to be plenty more to get excited about.

Tickets are on sale for Sundance London at Picturehouse Central, June 1-4, from April 25; @sundancefestuk; @picturehousecentral

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