Monday, February 4, 2008

Sundance 2008 Winners.

The 2008 Sundance Film Festival jury and audience award-winners were announced at the closing awards ceremony hosted by William H. Macy tonite in Park City, Utah.
The Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to "Trouble the Water," directed by Tia Lessin (pictured, right) and Carl Deal. An aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband, armed with a video camera, show what survival means when they are trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters, and seize a chance for a new beginning.
The Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented to "Frozen River," directed by Courtney Hunt, about a desperate trailer mom and a Mohawk Indian girl who team up to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States from Canada.
The World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to "Man on a Wire," directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles French artist Philippe Petit's daring dance on a wire suspended between New York's Twin Towers and his subsequent arrest for what would become known as “the artistic crime of the century.”
The World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented to "King of Ping Pong" ("Ping Pingkingen") directed by Jens Jonsson (pictured, left). An ostracized and bullied teenager who excels only in ping pong descends into an acrimonious struggle with his younger, more popular brother when the truth about their family history and their father surfaces over the course of their spring break.
The Audience Award: Documentary was presented to "Fields of Fuel," directed by Josh Tickell. A look at America's addiction to oil, Tickell is a man with a plan and a Veggie Van, who is taking on big oil, big government, and big soy to find solutions in places few people have looked.
The Audience Award: Dramatic was presented to "The Wackness," directed by Jonathan Levine (pictured, right). During a sweltering New York summer, a troubled teenage drug dealer trades pot for therapy sessions with a drugaddled psychiatrist, and in the process falls for the doctor's daughter.
The World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary was presented to "Man on Wire," directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles French artist Philippe Petit's daring dance on a wire suspended between New York's Twin Towers and subsequent arrest for what would become known as “the artistic crime of the century.”
The World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic was presented to "Captain Abu Raed," by director Amin Matalqa. The first feature film to come out of Jordan in 50 years, "Raed" tells the story of an aging airport janitor who is mistaken for an airline pilot by a group of poor neighborhood children and whose fantastical stories offer hope for a sad, sometimes unchangeable, reality.

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