Heading to Sundance this year is the dark comedy from Bart Layton AMERICAN ANIMALS. When two college students are introduced to a rare book collection they and others try to pull off the biggest heist by any means necessary. AMERICAN ANIMALS will make its world premiere on Friday 1/19, 3:30 p.m., Eccles PC. Check out the poster and all the screening details above and look for more updates on Sundance soon!
Lexington, Kentucky, 2004: Spencer and Warren dream of remarkable lives beyond their middle-class suburban existence. They head off to colleges in the same town, haunted by the fear they may never be special in any way. Spencer is given a tour of his school’s incredibly valuable rare book collection and describes it all to Warren. Suddenly, it hits them—they could pull off one of the most audacious art-thefts in recent history, from the university’s special collections library. Convinced they can get away with it, they recruit two other friends. Suddenly, the dance of knowing what happens if they cross the line becomes all-consuming.
Buoyed by an exceptional cast, BAFTA Award–winning documentary director Bart Layton (The Imposter,
2012 Sundance Film Festival) makes a brilliant leap into the world of fiction, cleverly utilizing elements of nonfiction to propel the narrative. A “mostly” true story, American Animals is both a thrilling heist film and an existential journey of four misguided young men searching in all the wrong places for identity, meaning, adventure, and the kind of life that movies are made about.
World Premiere: Fri. 1/19, 3:30 p.m., Eccles PC
Second Public Screening: Sat. 1/20, noon, Grand SLC
Third Public Screening: Sat. 1/20, 10:00 p.m., Redstone 2 PC
Fourth Public Screening: Sun. 1/21, 9:00 p.m., Sundance Resort Provo
Fifth Public Screening: Wed. 1/24, 3:00 p.m., PC Library PC
Sixth Public Screening: Fri. 1/26, 9:00 p.m., Sundance Resort Provo
Seventh Public Screening: Sat. 1/27, 11:30 a.m., MARC PC