Salma Hayek appears in Beatriz at Dinner by Miguel Arteta

The European premiere of Beatriz at Dinner starring Salma Hayek will open the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London at Picturehouse Central.

Hayek gives a blistering performance alongside Chloë Sevigny and John Lithgow in the comedy which reunites director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White, who worked together on earlier Sundance Film Festival hits The Good Girl and Chuck & Buck.

Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Southern California. Don Strutt is a real estate developer whose cutthroat tactics have made him a self-made, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two polar opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, comments, “We look forward to launching our fifth festival in London with Beatriz at Dinner, a masterful dramedy of errors from director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White and starring Salma Hayek. This was a standout at our Utah Festival in January and is a wonderful example of the continued innovation and creativity of our independent filmmakers that we’ll showcase in London again this year.”

Miguel Arteta, Director of Beatriz at Dinner, adds, “I’m thrilled that Beatriz At Dinner will open the Sundance Film Festival: London. 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.”

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London will take place at Picturehouse Central from June 1 to 4.

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