20/01/2017 1:19 AM AEDT | Updated 24/01/2017 9:28 AM AEDT

17 Sundance Movies We're Eager To See

Cate Blanchett plays 13 characters in "Manifesto," premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.

Every January, throngs of movie lovers gather in the snowy hills of Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. It’s an 11-day preview of the year’s indie-cinema offerings, and a breeding ground for the brightest big-screen talent, both emerging and established. The Huffington Post will be there throughout the festival, serving up reviews, interviews and coverage of all the goings-on, which this year includes a Trump protest led by Chelsea Handler in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington. 

With Sundance kicking off Thursday, we’ve rounded up 17 movies that have already piqued our interest. Some of these could become breakout hits, possibly playing a role in next year’s Oscar derby. That’s the thing with Sundance ― the lineup is always so stacked that it’s hard to know which titles will rise to the top and which will fall into the moviegoing void. For now, here’s a smattering of appealing picks.

Correction: An earlier version of this post indicated Kevin Bacon plays Kathryn Hahn’s husband on “I Love Dick.”