Selected from over 2,000 submissions, this year's American fiction films not only gauge the vitality of independent filmmaking in the U.S., but also act as a barometer for our national mindset. In current times of civil unrest, economic injury, and political failure, we depend on love -- in all its complexity and even through untenable circumstances -- to keep ourselves human.
Here are the top 10 films that cannot be missed in the coming year:
- An Oversimplification of Her Beauty announced the auspicious arrival of 29-year-old directorial visionary Terence Nance with a wildly imaginative self-portrait of his romantic trials and tribulations. Premiering in Sundance's experimental section New Frontier, the film defies documentary and fiction form as live action and animation captivate viewers in a labyrinth of beauty and meticulous craft.
Images courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival. Oversimplification of Her Beauty image by Stephanie Matthew; Valley of Saints image by Yoni Brook; Beasts of the Southern Wild image by Ben Richardson; Filly Brown image by JohnCastillo; End of Love image by Patrice Cochet; LUV image by Gavin J. Kelly