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Beatriz at Dinner will open Sundance London this summer

After tailing through Utah in January, Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival arrives in London in just over a month, with Picturehouse Central playing host to UK and European premieres. Opening the season on 1st June will be Beatriz at Dinner, a dramedy of errors starring Salma Hayek as the eponymous Beatriz.

Hayek, director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White will all be at the screening, which stars Hayek as as a Mexican immigrant and health practitioner in Southern California who finds her innate kindness at odds with John Lithgow’s opinionated, self-satisfied billionaire when the two collide at a client’s dinner party.

Speaking in light of the news, Arteta said: “Amidst the comedy, drama and brilliant performances in the film, Mike White's script weaves some timely and potent political commentary and we're especially excited to premiere the film to UK audiences at such a politically polarized time in world history. I cannot wait to see how audiences outside the United States will react."

If Jordan Peele’s Get Out has already been dubbed by the Guardian as ‘the first great paranoia movie of the Trump era’, from the trailer alone, Beatriz at Dinner may well be the second. 

Tickets for the Opening Night film and all other films and events will go on sale on Tuesday 2 May via picturehouses.com/sundance.