Here’s What’s New on Sundance Now in January 2021

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This new month brings a fresh lineup to Sundance Now, including the Academy Award-winning period drama The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt and the newest Sundance Now Original true crime miniseries The Night Caller.

Plus, one of the most anticipated moments this month is the return of the series A Discovery of Witches that’s back for season 2. Critics have described it as a Twilight/Harry Potter/Being Human/Bond movie blend that’s not to be missed.

Friday, Jan. 1

THE YOUNG VICTORIA

Academy Award-winner. Resolved to establish her authority over those who rule in her stead, a young and inexperienced Queen Victoria (Emily BluntEdge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada) draws strength from the love of Albert (Rupert FriendHitman: Agent 47), the handsome prince who’s stolen her heart. Based on the courtship and early reign of England’s longest-serving monarch, The Young Victoria is a majestic tale of romance, intrigue and power. Also starring Paul Bettany (A Knight’s Tale, A Beautiful Mind), Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game), Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!) and Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service). (2009)

Monday, Jan. 4

TROUBLE THE WATER

As Hurricane Katrina raged around them, Scott and Kimberly Rivers Roberts took shelter with some neighbors in their attic in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. Kimberly, an aspiring rapper, brought her video camera and filmed herself, her husband and their friends before and during the devastating storm. This footage is at the heart of Tia Lessin and Carl Deal’s documentary about the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, along with the filmmakers’ own footage of Kimberly and Scott rebuilding their lives afterwards. (2008)

THE WAIT

Two sisters (Jena MaloneThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1Chloë SevignyWe Are Who We Are) grapple with feelings of belief and denial after a psychic calls to tell them that their recently deceased mother will soon be resurrected. Also starring Luke Grimes (Yellowstone), Josh Hamilton (Eighth Grade) and Patricia Arquette (True Romance). (2013)

Tuesday, Jan. 5

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER

A once-iconic fashion model wants to escape the world of images, but her son’s insistence on making a final film about her brings about an unexpected collaboration and confrontation with the camera’s gaze. (Documentary, 2019)

Thursday, Jan. 7

CLEANING UP, Ep 2 (Sundance Now Exclusive)

Another episode of the high-stakes insider trading British drama. Sam’s money-making plan starts to bear fruit, but it’s not long before complications arise. The listening device is discovered cutting off the source of information leading Sam to enlist the help of fellow cleaner Mina for a risky scam.

TOTAL CONTROL, Ep 4 (Sundance Now Exclusive)

Another episode of the award-winning Australian political drama. Alex deals with the fallout back in Winton and some of her past actions catch up with her. She learns some interesting information about a new company that’s setting up in town. Back in Canberra a new opportunity presents itself to Jonathan. Jonathan and Tracey go around town trying to track down Jess.

THE COMMONS, Ep 6 (Sundance Now Exclusive)

Another episode of the timely and gripping drama. Lloyd and Eadie find themselves in the bombed remains of their relationship now that Eadie’s pregnancy has finally been revealed. But Lloyd can sense Eadie’s still hiding something from him.

Saturday, Jan. 9

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, Season 2, Ep 1 (Sundance Now and Shudder Original) (U.S. / Canada Premiere)

The highly anticipated return of Sundance Now’s most successful series. The second season sees Matthew (Emmy-nominated Matthew GoodeDownton Abbey) and Diana (Teresa PalmerHacksaw Ridge) hiding in time in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London – here they must find a powerful witch to help Diana master her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life. In the present day however, their enemies have not forgotten them. Returning for Season 2: Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), Valarie Pettiford (Half & Half), Lindsay Duncan (The Honourable Woman), Edward Bluemel (Killing Eve), Aiysha Hart (Line of Duty), Daniel Ezra (All AmericanAisling Loftus (War & Peace), Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Malin Buska (The Girl King), and Gregg Chillin (Da Vinci’s Demons).

Also starring James Purefoy (Rome, Pennyworth), Steven Cree (Outlander), and Adelle Leonce (Black Mirror) as new characters introduced in Season 2.

Monday, Jan. 11

MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER (U.S. Premiere of Feature-Length Movie)

Feature-length movie inspired by the 2016 Oscar® shortlisted documentary. In 1982, Zahed was an Iranian boy who ran away from home to join the army. Najah was a 29-year-old Iraqi with a wife and son when he was conscripted to fight. When they meet on the battlefield, Zahed risks his life to save Najah. Twenty-five years later they meet again by sheer chance in Canada. (Documentary)

I AM NOT A WITCH

In a remote Zambian community, Shula (Maggie Mulubwa) is denounced as a witch and sent on a trajectory of exploitation, as a tethered member of a witches’ camp, a witch for hire and a tourist exhibit. Written and directed by Rungano Nyoni in her feature debut film. (2017)

MEMPHIS

A strange singer with God-given talent drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension.

Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist/wizard, Willis Earl BealMemphis is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory. (2013)

Thursday, Jan. 14

CLEANING UP, Ep 3

Sam and Jess are interrogated by the firm’s compliance team and Jess admits to Sam that she’s made a shocking discovery about Blake. Alice learns more about her parents’ separation and her mother’s gambling addiction.

TOTAL CONTROL, Ep 5

Back in Canberra, Alex and the PM embark on a game of political cat and mouse. Alex knows the only person who can help her now is Jesse, but when they finally arrange to meet, Jesse gets spooked and runs.

THE COMMONS, Ep 7

Eadie and the Latus have crossed a dangerous line and keeping them out of the hands of Border Authorities is going to cost more than they imagined.

Saturday, Jan. 16

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, Season 2, Ep 2

The second season sees Matthew and Diana hiding in time in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London – here they must find a powerful witch to help Diana master her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life. In the present day however, their enemies have not forgotten them.

Monday, Jan. 18

FOR AHKEEM

After a fight lands 17-year-old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised high school, she’s determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself — a challenge that many black teenagers face in America today. (Documentary, 2017)

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR

Venice Film Festival winner. In 1944, African American wife and mother Recy Taylor is gang raped by six white men in Alabama. She has the courage to speak out against her attackers, but by doing so puts herself and her family in danger. (Documentary, 2017)

CHARLIE’S COUNTRY

AACTA Award winner for Best Lead Actor. Charlie (David GulpililThe Timeless Land), an Aboriginal man of Australia, struggles to navigate the society he finds himself in, especially when he tries to reconnect with the traditional ways of his people. (2013)

Tuesday, Jan. 19

THE NIGHT CALLER, Ep 1 (Sundance Now Original) (U.S. / Canada Premiere)

A 4-part true crime docuseries exploring a killer’s harrowing legacy – of tragedy, grief, responsibility and redemption – through the eyes of those closest to the killer and his victims whose lives he altered irrevocably.

Thursday, Jan. 21

TOTAL CONTROL, Ep 6 – FINALE

In pursuit of justice for Jesse, Alex declares war on her party. Faced with the PM’s double dealing, she engineers a plan that could have catastrophic consequences for the government.

THE COMMONS, Ep 8 – FINALE

As an unprecedented heatwave grips the city, Eadie stares down the possibility that the cost of her gamble will be the Latu’s future, the loss of her marriage and now the chance that her babies’ health is at risk.

CLEANING UP, Ep 4

Sam promises Swanny that she can fill Blake’s shoes, meaning she has to acquire secret information about an upcoming property deal and rope in the help of Jess and Mina for their biggest scam yet – but things don’t go to plan.

Saturday, Jan. 23

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, Season 2, Ep 3

The second season sees Matthew and Diana hiding in time in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London – here they must find a powerful witch to help Diana master her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life. In the present day however, their enemies have not forgotten them.

Monday, Jan. 25

THE STAND: How One Gesture Shook the World

Through intimate interviews with the participants and witnesses, this documentary is a revealing exploration into the circumstances that led runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos to that historic moment at the 1968 Olympics. (2020)

THE KILLING FLOOR

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. During World War I, impoverished African American father Frank Custer (Damien LeakeApocalypse Now) leaves his Southern family and heads to Chicago in search of work. After landing a job at one of the city’s many slaughterhouses, he gets caught up in the heated debate over organized labor. Before long he emerges as a hypnotic leader, urging his peers to join the union, a move that puts him at odds with his best friend, Thomas (Ernest RayfordInside Man), who starts to question Frank’s motivations for backing the union. Also starring Alfre Woodard (Star Trek: First Contact) and Dennis Farina (Get Shorty). (1984)

BLUEPRINT

A young black man searches for his identity in the aftermath of a fatal shooting in South Side, Chicago. Inspired by a true story, this timely and important film tackles the issue of racial injustice and what it takes to overcome grief under difficult circumstances. Anchored by powerful performances from an amazing cast, led by up and comer Jerod Haynes (The Village), this raw and powerful portrait of life within the Black community is both moving and eye opening in its reflection of humanity. (2017)

FLEX IS KINGS

Filmmakers Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols hit the streets of Brooklyn to see a growing local dance style. (Documentary, 2013)

Tuesday, Jan. 26

THE NIGHT CALLER, Ep 2

A 4-part true crime docuseries exploring a killer’s harrowing legacy – of tragedy, grief, responsibility and redemption – through the eyes of those closest to the killer and his victims whose lives he altered irrevocably.

Thursday, Jan. 28

CLEANING UP, Ep 5

Swanny entrusts Sam to make a large investment for him and she goes to great lengths to pull off the risky task. As Sam revels in her new persona Dave notices the change in her and Glynn discovers Sam is still in financial strife.

Saturday, Jan. 30

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, Season 2, Ep 4

The second season sees Matthew and Diana hiding in time in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London – here they must find a powerful witch to help Diana master her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life. In the present day however, their enemies have not forgotten them

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