As this year's Sundance Film Festival comes to a close, there'll be a number of films that'll be talked about over and over again in the months to come - and quite possibly end up in discussion for the 2019 Oscars.

The festival, which ran from January 18th and finished up this Monday, has always been a breeding ground for unusual and memorable films down through the years, and this year's crop is no different. While there's no word on where any of these films will end up on the release schedule, expect a few of these to be talked about in the year to come.



9. Yardie

Idris Elba's directorial debut, based on the cult novel of the same, sees a young Jamaican arrive in London in the '80s and battles his way to the top of the criminal foodchain. Think something along the lines of Scarface with incredible music from the era.


8. Eighth Grade

Written and directed by comedian Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade tells the story of a young girl's final week in middle-school before she graduates to high school. While this might seem like well-covered territory, one of the biggest praises for the film has been how it cleverly avoids the cliches  you'd expect from a film like this.


7. Beirut

Jon Hamm  stars in this '80s-set thriller written by Tony Gilroy - who wrote Michael Clayton, The Bourne Supremacy, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and plenty more - and directed by Brad Anderson - who did The Machinist, Session 9 and a bunch of prestige television you've definitely watched through the years. Going by the trailer and the early word, Beirut feels like something along the lines of Syriana by way of something like Roman Polanski's Frantic.


6. Leave No Trace

Winter's Bone was one of the most engaging films in quite some time and effectively launched Jennifer Lawrence's career into what it is today. After its release, director Debra Granik hasn't made a film - other than a documentary in 2014 - since then. Leave No Trace, which stars Hell Or High Water castmembers Ben Foster and Dale Dickey, could be something special.


5. Studio 54

When you talk about hedonism, excess, glamour and everything else in the '70s, you're basically talking about Studio 54. By and large, it was epicentre of just about every salacious piece of gossip for an entire decade - but nobody's ever made a documentary about it that examined both the stories behind the velvet rope and its eventual demise.



4. Three Identical Strangers

Imagine, if you can, three identical triplets who were separated at birth and then reunited in their teenage years - only to find out that their separation was done as part of a long-running behavioural experiment. The film picked up a special Audience Award at Sundance, too.


3. The Tale

If ever there was an actress who's on a hotstreak, it's Laura Dern. Off the back of Big Little Lies, The Last Jedi and Twin Peaks: The Return, Dern leads the cast of this unusual story about a woman who's forced to reexamine her memories regarding her first sexual relationship, and the tales - see, it's in the title - we tell ourselves in order to survive. The cast includes Common, Elizabeth Debiciki, Ellen Burstyn and Six Feet Under's Frances Conroy.



2. Sorry To Bother You

It really does say a lot about Get Out's impact that the likes of Sorry To Bother You - which would have never been made ten, twenty years ago - is seeing the light of day. In fact, the film's star Lakeith Stanfield was also a castmember of Get Out, too. How to describe this film? Variety compared it to the likes of Michel Gondry and it stars Terry Crews, Armie Hammer, Patton Oswalt and Danny Glover. And it's about telemarketing. And magical realism. Yeah.


1. Hereditary

Really, there's no point talking about this. Just watch the trailer. It's... yeah. It's a lot to take in.