Sundance Now is getting a library refresh for spring with a new slate of premieres and award-winning titles. Highlights include the premieres of the Sundance Now Exclusive dark Kiwi crime drama The Bad Seed and Swedish eco-thriller Thin Ice, plus the final two episodes of the sporty and glamorous Aussie football wives drama Playing For Keeps, Season 2.
Here’s the full April Lineup
Thursday, April 1st
The classic Oscar Award-winning Coen brothers’ film about Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy, Shameless), a desperately in debt car salesman, who hires two thugs to kidnap his own wife to collect the ransom. The inept scheme falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand, Nomadland, Moonrise Kingdom). Also stars Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, The Big Lebowski), Peter Stormae (American Gods, Armageddon), and Harve Presnell (Saving Private Ryan).
An amusing drama series centered around spontaneity and passion with a 1960s aesthetic. It focuses on the experiences of a witty, glamorous group of stewardesses. Starring Christina Ricci (The Addams Family, Speed Racer), Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad), Karine Vanasse (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and Kelli Garner (Godzilla: King of the Monsters).
Playing for Keeps, Season 2, Episode 7
Kath tells Tahlia and Connor that Liam knows about the affair. It was Liam who stole Connor’s phone, released the pictures of Tahlia and is now blackmailing Kath to prevent the club’s formal investigation into him. Tahlia wants swift (and preferably painful) punishment, but they all agree that the best course of action is to call his bluff. Kath works hard to control the situation but has to tell Brian of the possibility of the affair going public. Brian is devastated but agrees to present a united front with his wife.
Monday, April 5th
A film revolving around the late Princess Diana (Naomi Watts, Bird Man, Mulholland Drive) and the journey she embarked upon while meeting a new love interest. Untold stories are revealed from the last two years of her life.
A documentary that sheds light on a pivotal point of American culture. It centers on the 2018 election bids involving sheriff candidates from Maryland and North Carolina as they compete to be the head law enforcement officer. (2020, Documentary)
While developing interest in becoming a nun, Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska, Skwar) finds out that she is Jewish from her only relative. While processing the news that could ultimately change her life, she goes on a journey with her relative on the path of self-discovery and in search of her family history. (2013, Polish-Language Drama)
Tuesday, April 6th
The Pig Farm
Based on true events, filmmaker Christine Nielsen provides an inside look into the life and murder history of a known Canadian serial killer. It reveals the details behind one of the most prominent serial killer investigations in Canadian history.
Thursday, April 8th
Playing for Keeps, Season 2, Episode 8
When Paige returns to Dan to admit the recent error of her ways, the two reunite. They agree to keep things on the down-low, eager to stay in their love bubble before the real world comes knocking. And when it does, Paige gets spooked. Worried that nothing has changed, that they still face the same problems – like Dan’s all-consuming football career. But their love is strong – and they may not be able to deny it for much longer.
An award-winning Welsh drama revolving around siblings and the crimes in their town. This season focuses on a serial killer targeting a group of men involved in an infamous sexual assault scandal. Gina Jenkins (Catrin Stewart, Stella), a determined policewoman, oversees the case and goes on an extreme manhunt. The pressure intensifies when Sam (Jack Parry-Jones, Our Girl), her younger brother, is released from prison.
Monday, April 12th
An impassioned film created by award-winning director and screenwriter Philippe Lesage (The Demons). Not only does it focus on adolescent love, but it also explores the complexities of romance and relationships. (2018, French-Language Drama)
After the Storm
Complications arise when a private detective reunites with his troublesome relatives after the death of his father. An authentic family drama filled with realistic perspectives and relatable moments. (2016, Japanese-Language Drama)
An Israeli immigrant and a Vietnamese refugee become best friends while trying to adapt to their new life in America. These two girls encounter a significant problem that may threaten the course of their friendship. (2012, English/Hebrew/Vietnamese Foreign Languages Drama)
Monday, April 19th
An inside look in the lives of seal hunters and the practice of their traditional rituals. It also examines the anti-hunting campaigns and animal activism that occur in society. (2016, Documentary)
Thursday, April 22nd
A Swedish suspense thriller dramatizing the burning issues of climate change, Arctic exploration and international geo-politics. Thin Ice tells the story of an inevitable conflict. The dispute over the interests buried under the arctic ice. Interest so severe, that for the sake of peace itself, the world still avoids addressing them.
Monday, April 26th
Long Day’s Journey into Night
After years of being away, Luo Hongwu returns to his hometown of Kaili. He stumbles upon new changes and old memories as he deals with the loss of his father and friend, while searching for his long-time love interest. (2018, Korean-Language Drama)
A wandering homeless man named Hector (Peter Mullan, Ozark, My Name is Joe) heads south to London for his annual pilgrimage to a Christmas shelter. Along the way, the story of how his comfortable life vanished into vagrancy emerges. (2015, Drama)
Killing Patient Zero
Exploring timely themes about fear, the demonizing of the unknown and the danger of false narratives, this documentary weaves social history and scientific investigation into a poignant story of an individual who became intrinsically and tragically linked with AIDS. (2019, Documentary)
Thursday, April 29th
The Bad Seed
Two brothers rebuild their lives after being raised in a dysfunctional household. Their new lives begin to disintegrate, and drama starts to form when one is listed as a suspect in a murder investigation