Jeffrey Wright

Sundance announces 2018 program as festival sits at cultural crossroads

Sundance announces 2018 program as festival sits at cultural crossroads

In film circles these days it’s hard to separate what’s going on in the real world from what’s happening on screen. Socially relevant topics such as diversity and abuse of power are fueling filmmakers and factoring in selections by major film festivals.

So issues of inclusion, diversity and abuse of power run through the Sundance Film Festival’s choices for its 2018 feature films programs, announced on Wednesday. All told, 110 feature films have been selected for the festival that runs from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

Among the films chosen for the high-profile Premieres section are Brad Anderson’s “Beirut” starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike; Ben Lewin’s “The Catcher Was a...

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