'Sorry to Bother You'
Co-founder of Bay Area rap legends the Coup and political activist Boots Riley makes his directorial debut with this satire involving an African-American beta male named Cassius (Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfeld) who's stuck in a dead-end job as a telemarketer. Them almost overnight, our hero finds that he's developed the power to sell anybody virtually anything – and becomes the company's most valuable player in record time. His art-provocateur girlfriend (Tessa Thompson) is suspicious; his dude-bro boss (Armie Hammer) is, like, stoked; and Cassius, well, he's in a moral free-for-all. This sounds like the sort of left-field, sucker-punch take on corporate life and the almighty power of the buck that we need right now – and the sort of project that's the reason we go to the festival in the first place.