Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Utah at the end of this week (January 16). It’s well worth keeping an eye on the 10-day event since this year’s line-up includes a number of movies with deliciously enticing soundtracks. Here’s our top five.
1. Imperial Dreams
After working on Jay Z produced short film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty in 2012, hip hop icon Flying Lotus has masterminded the music for new movie Imperial Dreams. Described as “an inspired rhythmic score” his work acts as the backdrop for a story about a writer looking after his recently incarcerated son.
Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For A Cutie has scored the music for Laggies, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley. The movie follows a grown woman stuck in permanent adolescence with Kiera’s character lying to her fiance so she can hang out with her teen friends. Ben scored 2006 documentary Kurt Cobain About A Son so we reckon he’ll have no trouble with the coming-of-age vibes.
3. No No: A Dockumentary
Beastie Boys’ Adam Ad-Hock’ Horovitz took charge of the soundtrack for this documentary about ’60s/’70s baseball player Dock Ellis who scored a no-hitter while tripping on acid.
4. 20,000 Days on Earth
This dramatised documentary follows a day in the life of Nick Cave and includes the KOKO gig Kylie Minogue made a guest appearance at. On the soundtrack there’s a number of songs from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ new album. We’re hoping for some original material too.
5. God Help The Girl
Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch is premiering his film God Help The Girl at Sundance. Starring former Skins star Hannah Murray, it depicts summer in the city and was shot, edited, scored (by Belle & Sebastian, obviously) and mixed in Glasgow.
(All pictures Courtesy of Sundance Institute.)