Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winners announced
The Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for U.S. dramatic film went tonight to Like Crazy, writer-director Drake Doremus’s love story starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones. The Grand Jury Prize for U.S. documentary was awarded to How to Die in Oregon, Peter D. Richardson’s film about assisted suicide. Other winners announced tonight include:
World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary: Hell and Back Again, which follows a Marine from the start of his 2009 Afghanistan tour to his rehabilitation in the U.S., and shows what modern “unconventional” warfare really means to the men who are fighting it. U.S.A./United Kingdom
World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic: Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig), about a perfect but sex-starved housewife and her new neighbors. Norway
Audience Award: Documentary: Buck, about master horse trainer Buck Brannaman, who uses principles of respect and trust to tame horses and inspire their human counterparts.
Audience Award: Dramatic: Circumstance, in which a wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession.
World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary: Senna, about legendary race car driver and Brazilian hero Ayrton Senna, taking us on the ultimate journey of what it means to become the greatest when faced with the constant possibility of death. United Kingdom
World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic : Kinyarwanda, which tells the story of Rwandans who crossed the lines of hatred during the 1994 genocide, turning mosques into places of refuge for Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis. U.S.A./Rwanda
Best of NEXT!: Audience Award : to.get.her, about five girls who come together for one fateful night.
Directing Award: Documentary: Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, directed by Jon Foy, about one man piecing together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the U.S. and South America.
Directing Award: Dramatic: Martha Marcy May Marlene, directed and written by Sean Durkin, about a damaged woman who struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.
World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary: Project Nim, directed by James Marsh, who explores the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who was taught to communicate with language as he was raised and nurtured like a human child. United Kingdom
World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic: Tyrannosaur, directed and written by Paddy Considine, about a rage-filled man who has a chance of redemption with Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker with a devastating secret of her own. United Kingdom
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Another Happy Day, directed and written by Sam Levinson, about a pair of reckless siblings who are dragged into a chaotic family wedding by their overwrought mother.
World Cinema Screenwriting Award: Restoration, written by Erez Kav-El, about an antique furniture restorer, who, aided by a young and mysterious apprentice, struggles to keep his workshop aliv.e Israel
Documentary Editing Award: If a Tree Falls, edited by Matthew Hamachek and Marshall Curry, about the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorist threat.”
World Cinema Documentary Editing Award: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, edited by Göran Hugo Olsson and Hanna Lejonqvist, about the Black Power movement, as chronicled by Swedish journalists. Sweden/U.S.A.
Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary: The Redemption of General Butt Naked, shot by Eric Strauss, Ryan Hill and Peter Hutchens, about a warlord who murdered thousands during Liberia’s horrific 14-year civil war renouncing his violent past and reinventing himself as an Evangelist.
Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic: Pariah, shot by Bradford Young, about a Brooklyn teenager forced to choose between losing her best friend or destroying her family.
World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary: Hell and Back Again, shot by Danfung Dennis. U.S.A./United Kingdom
World Cinema Cinematography Award: Dramatic: All Your Dead Ones, shot by Diego F. Jimenez, about a peasant who wakes to find a pile of bodies in the middle of his crops. Colombia
World Cinema Special Jury Prizes: Dramatic for Breakout Performances: Tyrannosaur‘s Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan. United Kingdom
World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Documentary: Position Among the Stars (Stand van de Sterren), directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich, for his expose of the effects of globalization on Indonesia’s rapidly changing society as it ripples into the life of a poor Christian woman living in the slums of Jakarta with her Muslim sons and teenage granddaughter. The Netherlands
Special Jury Prize: Documentary: BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey, directed by Constance Marks.
Special Jury Prize: Dramatic: Another Earth, directed by Mike Cahill, about an unlikely love affair begun on the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth.
Special Jury Prize: Dramatic: Felicity Jones for her role in Like Crazy, about a long distance relationship between an American male and British girl who meet in college.