Well, that’s a wrap on the 2022 Sundance Film Festival! This only marks my third year fully covering it, with one year almost a decade ago being in person, as well as last year from home. Of course, this year wound up going that route at the last minute. Still, cinema shined through. Sundance is a unique beast, fest wise, given that it’s starting off a new year. While something like the Toronto International Film Festival comes towards the end of a year, Sundance happens as almost a preview of the year to come. So, the flicks playing in Park City (or virtually) tend to be really unique. This year was no exception. With the festival over, today is a good day to put a bow on it and see what this crop of titles truly looked like, now in the rearview mirror.
Below, you’ll see my ranking of everything I saw at Sundance (23 films, though I’m only ranking 22, given that one is The Worst Person in the World, previously seen at TIFF). This time around, I luckily didn’t see anything that I fully hated. Whether that’s the festival’s quality, luck, or good planning on my part, that’s just how it turned out. On the flip side, nothing got four stars from me. So, with minimal bad, there was also perhaps minimal great. The best of the bunch? You’ll see it all next, but the main highlights were 892, Cha Cha Real Smooth, and Fresh. Not far behind, there’s also Am I Ok?, Dual, and Emily the Criminal. Most of these you’ll see coming your way very soon, so stay tuned there…
First up, here are some Sundance awards, given by yours truly:
Best Director – Mimi Cave for Fresh
Best Actor – Sebastian Stan in Fresh
Best Actress – Aubrey Plaza in Emily the Criminal
Best Supporting Actor – Aaron Paul in Dual
Best Supporting Actress – Dakota Johnson in Cha Cha Real Smooth
Best Original Screenplay – Cha Cha Real Smooth
Best Adapted Screenplay – 892
Best Ensemble – Cha Cha Real Smooth
Here now is how I would rank the 22 movies seen at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival:
21. Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power
20. A Love Song
12. Call Jane
8. After Yang
7. Sharp Stick
4. Am I Ok?
Stay tuned for more film festival coverage at Awards Radar!