Trending Titles: Who Won Sundance on IMDb?

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 01 Feb 2017

We crunched the numbers to see which Sundance 2017 films were trending on IMDb throughout the festival, from Jan. 16-29. Based on pageviews, here at the top 10 titles that stayed at the top of our trending chart for the longest period on IMDb. – Michael Rosser

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Kuso (2017)

Rank: 10. Kuso

Length of time at #1: 4hrs 14mins

This surreal horror, from musician Flying Lotus, generated interest in the wake of a head-scratching, NSFW trailer. The film, set in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Los Angeles, played the Midnight section of Sundance.

Gaspard Schlatter and Sixtine Murat in My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

Rank: 9. My Life as a Zucchini

Length of time at #1: 4hrs 34mins

This French animation has been around since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. But it was back in the trending charts during Sundance – where it screened in the Kids section -- following its Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.

Michael Stuhlbarg, Armie Hammer, and Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Rank: 8. Call Me by Your Name

Length of time at #1: 5hrs 28mins

Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of André Aciman’s novel generated some of the strongest critical buzz out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The gay love story centers on teenager Elio (Timothée Chalamant), who falls for Oliver (Armie Hammer), the doctoral student who has moved into his family’s vacation villa to assist the boy’s professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg). Sony Pictures Classics picked up worldwide rights to the drama two weeks before the start of the festival.

Wind River (2017)

Rank: 7. Wind River

Length of time at #1: 7hrs 18mins

This crime thriller was likely trending due to its two stars, Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner. Both actors, known for playing superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, were at Sundance to talk about their new movie and dropped by the IMDb Studio at Sundance to discuss Wind River as well as their love of making indie films. The film played in the Premieres section of Sundance.

Cate Blanchett in Manifesto (2015)

Rank: 6. Manifesto

Length of time at #1: 7hrs 20mins

Audience interest was piqued by this film in which Cate Blanchett plays 13 different roles performing various artistic manifestos. The feature, which began as a multi-screen film installation by German artist Julian Rosefeldt in 2015, sees Blanchett play a homeless person, TV newscaster and a punk, among others. It played in the Premieres section of Sundance.

Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins in To the Bone (2017)

Rank: 5. To the Bone

Length of time at #1: 9hrs 27mins

Actress Lily Collins opened up at Sundance about suffering with an eating disorder as a teenager – the subject of To the Bone in which she stars. Collins discussed her personal connections to the film in the IMDb Studio at Sundance. Interest will have also come from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fans, as the film marks the feature debut of writer-director Marti Noxon, who produced the hit show.

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Woody Harrelson and Judy Greer in Wilson (2017)

Rank: 4. Wilson

Length of time at #1: 9hrs 33mins

The world premiere at Sundance of this Woody Harrelson comedy combined with the release of a new trailer saw this graphic novel adaptation make the trending chart. Harrelson plays a neurotic and brutally honest man who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and meets his teenage daughter for the first time. Fox Searchlight release the film in theaters on March 24.

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Jason Segel in The Discovery (2017)

Rank: 3. The Discovery

Length of time at #1: 1 day 7hrs 37mins

Netflix sparked interest in this sci-fi drama by releasing a trailer at the start of Sundance, where The Discovery played in the Premieres section. The story is certainly an intriguing one, centering on a world where the afterlife is a certainty and people have begun killing themselves in order to more quickly reach it. The cast is also noteworthy, including Sundance founder Robert Redford and the central pairing of Rooney Mara and Jason Segel. Netflix launches the film on March 31.

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Garance Marillier in Raw (2016)

Rank: 2. Raw

Length of time at #1: 3 days 21hrs 28mins

This coming-of-age cannibalism film was trending even before the festival began following the release of a buzzy trailer. The horror, which marks the first feature from writer-director Julia Ducournau, had people passing out during its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. This led to rampant interest in the trailer, released ahead of the film’s March 10 debut. Raw played as part of Sundance’s Spotlight strand.

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Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis in Colossal (2016)

Rank: 1. Colossal

Length of time at #1: 6 days 5hrs 35mins

The Sundance film that most intrigued the IMDb audience was this off-the-wall sci-fi thriller, starring Anne Hathaway as a woman who is somehow connected to a gigantic monster causing destruction in Seoul. The film, from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo, played in Sundance’s Spotlight strand.

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