Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val un­veils 2019 slate of 111 fea­ture films

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ac­tors in a new light.

“The Farewell,” from di­rec­tor Lulu Wang, is just one of those. It fea­tures this sum­mer’s com­edy break­out Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians”) in a dra­matic turn as a Chi­nese-Amer­i­can woman who re­turns to China to stay with her ter­mi­nally ill grand­mother.

A few ac­tors are tak­ing on real-life per­sons, like Ben­ing as Dianne Fe­in­stein in “The Re­port,” from di­rec­tor and screen­writer Scott Z. Burns. It fo­cuses on the Se­nate’s study into the CIA’s De­ten­tion and In­ter­ro­ga­tion Pro­gram and co-stars Adam Driver and Jon Hamm.

“It’s kind of one of those Meryl Streep star turns where she gets all the nu­ance of her,” said Cooper.

Efron is play­ing Ted Bundy in the Joe Ber­linger film “Ex­tremely Wicked, Shock­ingly Evil and Vile,” which takes on the in­fa­mous crim­i­nal from the per­spec­tive of his girl­friend, while Lupita Ny­ong’o takes a sur­pris­ing turn in “Lit­tle Mon­sters,” from Abe Forsythe, play­ing a kinder­garten teacher who has to pro­tect her stu­dents from zom­bies.

Keira Knight­ley stars as in­tel­li­gence whistle­blower Katharine Gun in Gavin Hood’s “Of­fi­cial Se­crets” and Mindy Kal­ing stars in a film about a late-night talk show host (Emma Thompson) who hires her first fe­male staff writer (“Late Night”).

As usual, the fes­ti­val’s doc­u­men­tary se­lec­tion boasts films about every kind of sub­ject. There are many films about fa­mous fig­ures: Har­vey We­in­stein, Miles Davis, news­caster Mike Wal­lace, Toni Mor­ri­son, David Crosby, polit- ician Roy Cohn, Dr. Ruth, Stieg Lars­son, Leonard Co­hen and the late ac­tor An­ton Yelchin.

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