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Every year the line-up of the Sundance Film Festival is filled with powerful stories from independent filmmakers from around the world. Because many of them brought us to tears, <em>Variety </em>decided to…
Every year the line-up of the Sundance Film Festival is filled with powerful stories from independent filmmakers from around the world. Because many of them brought us to tears, Variety decided to ask the actors and filmmakers behind this year’s Sundance films what was the last movie to make them cry.
Plenty of classics were thrown out. Actress Sophia Lillis of “Uncle Frank” named Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society. “Uncle Frank” director Alan Ball said “I have a go-to movie if I ever need to cry, and that’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.'” His actor Paul Bettany followed up by saying he had just watched the Gregory Peck-starring drama with his daughter and cried as well.
Many films from the last year were also brought up. Lin-Manuel Miranda, representing “Siempre, Luis,” a documentary about his father, highlighted Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. “I watch Mr. Rogers every Sunday morning with my kids, so that was a touching one,” he said.
“The Last Shift” star Richard Jenkins highlighted Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women,” saying “”When Saoirse Ronan [as Jo March] says ‘I know I don’t need a man… but I’m so lonely.’ I was gone.” Other 2019 films that received shout-outs were “Judy,” “Marriage Story,” “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “One Child Nation.”
Will Ferrell shared a barn burner of a story during the “Downhill” cast interview, recalling the time he watched Nancy Meyers’ 1998 remake of “The Parent Trap” on an American Airlines flight. “My wife looked over and went ‘What is wrong with you?'” he said.