Ironbark (UK) Dir: Dominic Cooke Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessie Buckley and a true story of Soviet espionage is too tempting to ignore in anyone’s book, however a lengthy spell in post-production could tell its own story. Then again, this is Sundance and it’s hard to gauge what will pop at high altitude. Dominic Cooke follows his workmanlike 2017 debut, On Chesil Beach. Contact: UTA Independent Film Group (US); FilmNation (international)
British stage director Dominic Cooke follows up his critically acclaimed 2017 film “On Chesil Beach” with “Ironbark,” a real-life story about a UK businessman (Benedict Cumberbatch) who finds himself on a top-secret CIA mission that could end the Cuban Missile Crisis. — R.S.
There is the promise of tour de force performances by Paul Bettany in the Alan Ball-directed Uncle Frank (that one I saw and it’s the best I’ve ever seen the estimable Bettany), Benedict Cumberbatch in Ironbark, Michael Keaton In Worth, and Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander and Bette Midler in the Julie Taymor-directed Gloria Steinem film. And a directorial debut by Viggo Mortensen, whose magical Captain Fantastic run began here at Sundance.
IRONBARK Director: Dominic Cooke. Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley. True story of a British businessman unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Forming an unlikely partnership with a Soviet officer hoping to prevent a nuclear confrontation, the two men work together to provide the crucial intelligence used to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Section: Premieres. 1st Screening – Friday, 24th – 6:30PM at Eccles
Events confirmed mostly with Rachel Brosnahan (until now!):
As a Sustaining Sponsor of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, IMDb will produce four days (January 24-27) of original celebrity video interviews in The IMDb Studio, located at Acura Festival Village for the second year in a row. Filmmaker/Actor/Comedian/Podcaster Kevin Smith will host on-camera interviews with leading actors, writers and directors from casts including The Assistant, Ironbark, Palm Springs, Promising Young Woman, Spree, Zola and more, with coverage including interviews and photo galleries available at www.imdb.com/sundance and across IMDb social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Additionally, IMDb will be presenting STARmeter Awards to Rachel Brosnahan, Nicholas Braun and Amy Ryan.
Talent scheduled to take part in interviews include Tessa Thompson (“Sylvie’s Love”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Siempre, Luis”), Toni Collette (“Dream Horse”), Zazie Beetz (“Nine Days”), Hillary Clinton (“Hillary”), Justin Simien (“Bad Hair”), Rachel Brosnahan (“Ironbark”), Rebecca Hall (“Night House”), Eliza Hittman (“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”), Steve Buscemi (“Miracle Workers”), Alec Baldwin (“Beast, Beast”), Aubrey Plaza (“Black Bear”), Carrie Brownstein (“The Nowhere Inn”), Evan Rachel Wood and Miranda July (“Kajillionaire”), Sienna Miller (“Wander Darkly”), Viggo Mortensen (“Falling”), Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham (“Promising Young Woman”), Ben Whishaw (“Surge”), Julia Garner (“The Assistant”), Carrie Coon and Jude Law (“The Nest”), Steven Yeun (“Minari”), and Alison Brie (“Horse Girl”),..
Over 150 actors, directors, producers, and other talent are scheduled to visit the studio, including Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Bo Burnham, Carey Mulligan, Carrie Brownstein, Daveed Diggs, Gloria Steinem, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jude Law, Kerry Washington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rachel Brosnahan, Sienna Miller, Stanley Tucci, Steve Buscemi, Tessa Thompson, Tony Hale, Viggo Mortensen, Zazie Beetz, and many more.
Yep it seems he really isn't there, doesn't? Anyeay, it would be super weird to travel from a remote location in New Zealand (where he very probably is right now!) or South Africa to Salt Lake City (or to London then Salt Lake City as the random girl from the airport said) just to go to the premiere but not doing any press for the movie!