The 2022 Cinema Café Fosters Thought-Provoking Conversations with Emma Thompson, Keke Palmer, and more

The Sundance Film Festival’s Cinema Café is where the culture of conversation is reinvigorated. Our series of informal chats brings together special guests for thought-provoking encounters and fascinating dialogue. 

Presented by Audible, previous Cinema Café guests have included Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tessa Thompson, Jane Campion, Dave Grohl, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lena Dunham, Norman Lear, Kumail Nanjiani, Zazie Beetz, Saoirse Ronan, Spike Lee, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Radha Blank, Ira Glass, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bassem Youssef, Charlie Kaufman, Ice-T, Nick Hornby, Winston Duke, Samantha Power, Steve Coogan, Roger Corman, and many others.

This year, Karen Gillan (Dual) and Emma Thompson (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande) kicked off Cinema Café on January 22, in a conversation moderated by Shirley Li, staff writer at The Atlantic.

On January 23, Eva Longoria Bastón (La Guerra Civil) and Amy Poehler (Lucy and Desi) discussed their respective documentary directorial debuts; the conversation was moderated by Mandalit del Barco, culture correspondent for NPR.

Dakota Johnson (Cha Cha Real Smooth and AM I OK?) and Keke Palmer (Alice) met for a virtual discussion on January 24, moderated by Hannah Giorgis, staff writer at The Atlantic.

The January 25 Cinema Café “Fresh Faces” conversation featured newcomers John Early (My Trip to Spain), Donald Elise Watkins (Emergency), and Lily McInerny (Palm Trees and Power Lines), moderated by artist, activist, and filmmaker Joey Soloway.