Marjorie Prime Film, with Lois Smith and Jon Hamm, Will Premiere at Sundance | Playbill

News Marjorie Prime Film, with Lois Smith and Jon Hamm, Will Premiere at Sundance The annual film festival will also feature the debut of The Manifesto, starring Cate Blanchett.
Lisa Emery, Lois Smith and Noah Bean in the stage version of Jordan Harrison's Marjorie Prime. Jeremy Daniel
The film adaptation of Marjorie Prime, the Pulitzer Prize finalist play by Jordan Harrison, will make its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Festival. From director and screenwriter Michael Almereyda, the cast includes Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith, and Tim Robbins.

“In the near future—a time of artificial intelligence—86-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new companion who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her," according to press notes. “What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance?”

The play had its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in September 2014. Veteran actor Smith starred in the Playwrights Horizons staging of Marjorie Prime in December 2015.

Manifesto, which stars Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, who will make her Broadway debut later this season in The Present, will also make its world premiere at Sundance. From writer and director Julian Rosefeldt, the new film, which features Blanchett in 13 different roles, is described as such: “Can history’s art manifestos apply to contemporary society? An homage to the twentieth century’s most impassioned artistic statements and innovators, from Futurists and Dadaists to Pop Art, Fluxus, Lars von Trier and Jim Jarmusch, this series of reenactments performed by Cate Blanchett explores these declarations’ performative components and political significance.”

As previously reported, the Park Avenue Armory's 2017 season in New York will also offer Manifesto in a series of scenes that will be presented simultaneously on adjacent screens in the Armory’s Drill Hall. The installation will run December 7-January 8, 2017.

The Sundance Festival will host screenings of numerous films and documentaries in Park City, Salt Lake City, and at Sundance Mountain Resort January 19-29, 2017. Click here for complete details of the annual festival.

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