The biggest breakout stars of Sundance 2020


The Sundance Film Festival is known for introducing audiences to bold visions and new ideas in indie filmmaking. But it’s also a place to discover breakout talent, both behind and in front of the camera.

The festival’s 2020 edition, which runs through Sunday, is no exception. The Times staff scoured this year’s films for the following list of the most exciting faces to watch. But before we see what they do next, you’ll want to check out their Sundance films as they hit theaters and/or streaming. (Some titles are still seeking distribution, but we’re expecting to see most of these get a release this year.)

Clare Dunne, ‘Herself’

One way to achieve a breakout performance is to cowrite a splendid part for yourself, and that’s what Irish actress Clare Dunne has done in “Herself,” which was acquired by Amazon during the festival. Primarily known for her theater work, Dunne is both warm and indomitable as a woman determined to build a new life for herself and her children. The part may sound familiar, the performance is not. — Kenneth Turan