Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of the Bentonville Film Festival

Posted by EJ Higginbotham on April 30, 2015

Top 5 Most Anticipated FilmsThere’s going to be a large and diverse collection of films showing at the Bentonville Film Festival next week – and it would be impossible to see them all. Here are some of the most anticipated films of the fest.

Last Days in the Desert

Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Star Wars) stars along Tye Sheridan (Mud) and Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones) as Jesus in this re-imagining of the last days of his 40 days and nights in the desert. The twist here is that McGregor also plays the part of the devil.

There’s a lot of good buzz coming out of Sundance for this film and McGregor never disappoints in his deep commitment to his roles. The incredible cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman, Gravity) is something to look forward to as well.

Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2, sequel to 2012’s sleeper hit Pitch Perfect, tells the continued story of the all-female a cappella group, the Barden Bellas. The film stars Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods, Twilight) and Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids, Pain & Gain) as members of the Barden Bellas, this time competing in an international a cappella competition.

The original Pitch Perfect came out of nowhere, surprising audiences with its mix of over-the-top comedy and impressive a cappella numbers. This will be the film's premiere, and it will be opening nationwide, May 15th. It will be interesting to see if they’re able to hit the same notes they did in the original.

When Marnie Was There

This is the first film from the acclaimed animators at Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) without the involvement of mastermind Hayao Miyazaki, who retired last year. It could also very well be its last, as rumors around the studio’s closure continue to swirl.

This film has already garnered plenty of positive critical attention when it was released last year, and now here in the U.S. as it makes its rounds at festivals, and limited theatre screenings. It may well be your last chance to see one of these beautifully handcrafted films on the big screen.

(Dis)Honesty, the Truth About Lies

This is a documentary that spun off from an extremely popular TED Talk given by the subject of the film, Dan Ariely. The film explores lies, why we tell them and the effect they have on us – good and bad.

This film had good early buzz coming out of Hot Docs this year and, if it’s anything like the TED Talk it spawned from, it’s set to be an interesting ride.

Thank You for Playing

This is another interesting doc coming to the festival this year. It chronicles the trials and tribulations of a game developer father who is trying to make a game about his four-year-old son’s battle with terminal cancer, while also trying to maintain his son’s treatment.

This was an official selection at Hot Docs and the Tribeca Film Festival, where it garnered some great reviews. From its trailer, it looks to be a heartbreaking story, but one that’s hopefully worth the ride.

Mitchell Communications Group is proud to support the Bentonville Film Festival's mission of championing women and diversity in film as an official sponsor. If you get a chance, drop by and see us at the Mitchell Lightbulb Lounge tent, located between 21C Hotel and Compton Gardens in downtown Bentonville. And happy viewing.

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