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Gal Gadot, Ethan Hawke, Shaka King in Sun Valley Film Festival Lineup
Sun Valley Film Festival is touting this photo of Ethan Hawke as the abolitionist John Brown.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021


New Yorkers navigating dating apps and the story of a man who uproots century-old trees from the Georgian coast to transplant in his private garden will be among the films that will be screened at the virtual Sun Valley Film Festival.

Passes are now on sale for the 10th annual festival, which will be held April 14-18.

Passes include three hour-long Coffee Talks. This year’s Coffee Talks include:

  • Gal Gadot, who debuted as Diana/Wonder Woman in the blockbuster “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” She starred again in the “Wonder Woman” feature, the highest grossing film of 2017, and will play Cleopatra in Par mount Motion Pictures’ upcoming film.

    Gadot starred in and produced the sequel “Wonder Woman 1984” for Warner Bros. in December and will next be seen in Fox’s remake of “Death on the Nile,” alongside Kenneth Branagh. It is set to be released in September 2021.

    She also will produce “My Dearest Fidel,” which follows the story of an ABC journalist who became one of Fidel Castro’s leading American confidants.

  • Gadot will win the SVFF Vision Award, which honors industry icons whose contributions have changed the industry for the better.

  • Ethan Hawke, a four-time Academy Award-nominated actor, writer and director who recently made his television debut as the abolitionist John Brown with the Showtime series “The Good Lord Bird.” He received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Writers Guild Award nominations for the series.

    Hawke’s filmography includes “Dead Poets Society,” Gattaca,” “Training Day” and “Reality Bites.” He also is a Tony-nominated stage actor, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Sam Shepard’s “True West.” And he is a best-selling author whose works include “A Bright Ray of Darkness,” “The Hottest State” and “Ash Wednesday.”

  • Hawke also will receive the SVFF Vision Award virtually.

  • Shaka King, who is the director, co-writer and producer behind the Oscar-nominated feature “Judas and Black Messiah.” The film centers on Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton and his betrayal by FBI informant William O’Neal.

    The feature has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. That is the first time an all-Black producing team has been recognized in this category.

    King and his co-writers were awarded WGA’s coveted Paul Selvi Award on behalf of the screenplay. It is the first time the award has been given to screenwriters of color.

    King also has directed multiple episodes of “People of Earth” for TBS, “Shrill” for Hulu and “Random Acts of Flyness” for HBO.

  • King will receive the Pioneer Award presented by Variety in recognition of his work as an industry innovator that embodies the trailblazing spirit.

  • Brian Skerry, a National Geographic Explorer and Photographer featured in "Secrets of the Whales" will receive the National Geographic Further Award, which honors a filmmaker who celebrates unexpected stories that take us the extra mile.


  • “Marvelous and the Black Hole,” about a teenage delinquent who befriends a surly magician who helps her navigate her inner demons and dysfunctional family.
  • “Superior,” about a woman who returns to her hometown to hide out with her identical twin sister and in so doing alters the trajectory of their lives.
  • “Everything in the End,” about a man who seeks solace in human connections while stranded in a small village during Earth’s final days.
  • “Women is Losers,” about a 1960’s San Francisco Catholic school girl who sets out to rise above poverty.
  • Kid Candidate,” which tells the story of Hayden Pedigo, a 24-yer-old experimental musician who makes an unlikely run for city council in Amarillo, Texas, after his spoof campaign video goes viral.
  • “We Are as Gods,” about a psychedelic experimenter, cyberspace pioneer and environmentalist Stewart Brand who is using biotech to resurrect extinct species.
  • Taming the Garden,” about the rivalry between men and nature.
  • “Searchers,” a humorous and touching portrayal of New Yorkers using dating apps to search for that special someone.

Other films include, “The Good Lord Bird,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “How It Ends,” “National Geographic Presents: IMPACT with Gal Gadot,” “National Geographics Playing with Sharks,” “Ruth--Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words,” and “Try Harder.”

The SVFF has also curated a selection of short films made by independent filmmakers from around the globe.

An all-access streaming pass costs $150 and includes off-season special screenings and events. They’re available at Content can be watched throughout the duration of the festival.

Tickets to individual movies or coffee talks will not be sold.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Sun Valley Film Festival remains a vibrant forum for showcasing the works of outstanding and diverse filmmakers and documentarians," said Festival Directors Teddy Grennan and Candice Pate in a joint statement. More than half of our film line-up highlights the work of female filmmakers and we welcome audiences to stream our curated slate of films during our tenth anniversary. We look forward to returning to a live format in 2022."



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