What to Watch in May

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Two of the most trenchant and buzz-generating documentaries out of this year's Sundance Film Festival come to theaters in May. Last November when director Will Allen's name was omitted from the Competition announcement for Holy Hell, plenty of conjecture surrounded the film and its sensitive subject matter, which unveils the inner-workings of a spiritual community gone wrong while subtly exploring the psychological forces that led to its leader's abuse of trust and power. Weiner, the Grand Jury Prize winner for U.S. Documentary, similarly touches on exposé elements in an approach to the soap opera-esque transgressions of disgraced politician Anthony Weiner. What on one hand feels like a cleverly voyeuristic documentary, on the other suggests a man seemingly begging for his dirty laundry to be aired in public.

In Theaters

Friday, May 13

Love and Friendship, directed by Whit Stillman

Last Days in the Desert, directed by Rodrigo Garcia


Friday, May 20

Weiner, directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg

Pervert Park, directed by Friday and Lasse Barkfors

Maggie's Plan, directed by Rebecca Miller


Wednesday, May 25

Unlocking the Cage, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus


Friday, May 27

Holy Hell, directed by Will Allen


Princess, directed by Tali Shalom Ezer


On Stage

Sundance Institute Theatre Program-supported projects coming to the stage this month.

When January Feels Like Summer, by Cori Thomas

Caught, by Christopher Chen

Indecent, by Paula Vogel


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