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Feb 01 2015

Sundance Award Winners: Slow West and Earl and That Diary Girl

Michael and Nathaniel are both safely back in New York but a few more Sundance reviews are forthcoming as well as an Oscar discussion about the first possibilities for the new film year.The festival closes up tonight for another year and last night,they announced the winners.As with last year whenWhiplashone both the Jury and the Audience award,one film took both again this year:Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,based on the best seller by Jesse Andrews.Can we expect a similarly Oscar friendly trajectory?

THE WINNERS

U.S.DRAMATIC

Grand Jury Prize & Audience AwardMe and Earl and the Dying Girl,Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Michael's review coming later today.It's said to be a bitFault in the Stars-ish young people and terminal illness only better.

Directing AwardThe Witch,Robert Eggers
Michael's rave review.A 1630s set horror film about a religious family in Salem.

Waldo Salt Screenwriting AwardThe Stanford Prison Experiment,Tim Talbott
Nathaniel's Review.This one is based on the infamous 1971 college psychology experiment that's inspired other movies before it.

Special Jury Award – Excellence in CinematographyDiary of a Teenage Girl,Brandon Trost
Michael's review&Nathaniel's quick take.Michael liked it a bit more but expect a lot of talk about it when it's released.With Bel Powley,Alexander Skarsgard,and Kristen Wiig

Special Jury Award – Excellence in EditingDope,Lee Haugen
Nathaniel's review.The editing has crackerjack timing and is deeply commendable for the first half but why is the second hour so much less taut?

More after the jump...

The very charismatic trio of stars in DOPE

Special Jury Award – Collaborative VisionAdvantageous,Jacqueline Kim,Jennifer Phang

U.S.DOCUMENTARY

Grand Jury PrizeThe Wolfpack,Crystal Moselle
This one sounded fascinating It's about teenage brothers who have been locked away from society in Manhattan projects and everything they know about the world comes from the movies.

Audience AwardMeru,Jimmy Chin,E.Chai Vasarhelyi
This one's about mountain climbers in the himalayas.

Directing AwardCartel Land,Matthew Heineman (U.S.,Mexico)
Vigilantes fighting Mexican drug cartels.

Special Jury Award – Social Impact3 1/2 Minutes,Marc Silver
3½ Minutesexplores the aftermath of Jordan Russell's shooting death at a Jacksonville gas station in 2012 and the American justice system.

Special Jury Award – Verite FilmmakingWestern,Bill Ross,Turner Ross

Special Jury Award – Break Out First Feature(T)error,Lyric R.Cabral,David Felix Sutcliffe
A real time glimpse at our government's counterterrorism tactics through the perspective of an informant.

Special Jury Award – CinematographyCartel Land,Matthew Heineman,Matt Porwoll

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC


Grand Jury PrizeSlow West,John Maclean (UK,New Zealand)
Michael's review- he didn't like it as much as the jury that's for sure.

Audience Award – World Cinema DramaticUmrika,Prashant Nair (India)
Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Tony Revolori (Grand Budapest Hotel) co-star in this film about a young boy who,when his brother goes missing,lies to his mother about it to save her the heartbreak.

Directing AwardThe Summer of Sangaile,Alanté Kavaïté (Lithuania,France,The Netherlands)
A teenage romance between two girls who bond at a summer aeronautical show.

Special Jury Award – CinematographyPartisan,Germain McMicking (Australia)
A young boy trained as an assassin.Starring: Vincent Cassel,Jeremy Chabriel,Florence Mezzara.

Special Jury Award – ActingGlassland,Jack Reynor (Ireland)
Nathaniel's Review.The actingisreally strong.But it might have been more fun to make it a double prize for Reynor & Toni Collette.

Special Jury Award – ActingThe Second Mother,Regina Casé,Camila Márdila (Brazil)
A mother leaves her daughter to be a nanny.Years later the daughter visits her.

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY

Grand Jury PrizeThe Russian Woodpecker,Chad Gracia,UK
A victim of the Chernobyl disaster discovers a secret.Should he reveal it?

Audience Award – World Cinema DocumentaryDark Horse,Louise Osmond (UK)
Nathaniel's review(yup,it's a crowdpleaser)

Directing AwardDreamcatcher,Kim Longinotto (UK)
Brenda tells her story about being a former teenage prostitute

Special Jury Award – EditingHow To Change The World,Jim Scott (UK,Canada)
About the founding of Greenpeace and the modern green movement in 1971

Special Jury Award – ImpactPervert Park,Frida Barkfors,Lasse Barkfors (Sweden,Denmark)
A study of the every day lives of sex offenders in a Florida trailer park.

Special Jury Award – Unparalleled AccessThe Chinese Mayor,Hao Zhou (China)
The Mayor of a province in China is determined to transform a coal-mining center into a tourism haven.But he has to relocate 1/2 a million residences to do so.

Audience Award – NEXTJames White,Josh Mond
Chris Abbott stars as the eponymous character who tries to change his self-destructive behavior.Cynthia Nixon co-stars

Alfred P.Sloan Feature Film PrizeThe Stanford Prison Experiment,Kyle Patrick Alvarez (U.S.)

SHORT FILM PRIZES

Short Film Grand Jury PrizeWorld of Tomorrow,Don Hertzfeldt (U.S.)
A girl goes on a crazy tour of the future.

Short Film Jury Award: U.S.FictionSMILF,Frankie Shaw (U.S.)
A young single mother struggles invites an old friend over during nap time

Short Film Jury Award: International FictionOh Lucy!,Atsuko Hirayanagi (Japan,Singapore,U.S.)
An English language teacher encourages a middle aged single lady to try out a new identity "Lucy"with a blonde wig.

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fictionThe Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul,Kitty Green (Australia)
Little girls auditioning to play figure skater Oksana Baiul in the Ukraine

Short Film Jury Award: AnimationStorm hits jacket,Paul Cabon (France)
Two scientists get caught up in a chaotic crazy storm.

Short Film Special Jury Award for ActingBack Alley,Cécile Ducrocq (France)
A longtime prostitute is threatened when a young prostitute settles nearby.

Short Film Special Jury Award for Visual PoetryObject,Paulina Skibińska (Poland)
An underwater search from the point of view of the rescue team and the people waiting on the shore.

You can watch the awards ceremony right here.

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