Two Latin family dramas triumph at Sundance

The cast of “In the Summers” during the Sundance Film Festival presentation

In the Summersa moving drama starring the Puerto Rican musician Resident about the complicated relationship of an addicted father and his daughters, took the Grand Jury Prize at the 40th Sundance Film Festivalwhile the top honor in the documentary category went to Porcelain Warabout a Ukrainian couple who make fragile, intricately painted ceramics while war rages around them.

Both awards, announced Friday in Park City, Utah, are for first-time directors. In the Summerswas written and directed by queer Colombian-American filmmaker Alessandra Lacorazza. It poetically follows an imperfect father and his daughters for almost two decades. Lacorazza also the direction award.

“For queers, for Latinos, for immigrants, this is for you,” said Lacorazza, whose film takes place in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Brendan Bellomo and Slava Leontyev won the United States Grand Jury Prize: Documentary for “Porcelain War” (Stephen Lovekin)

Porcelain War is the second documentary about the Ukrainian war to win at Sundance after 20 Days in Mariupol (“20 Days in Mariupol”) last year, was made by Brendan Bellomo and Slava Leontyev. “This award is due to the bravery of the people of Ukraine,” Bellomo said. “And this award is for the beauty of the people of Ukraine.”

sujo a Mexican film by the filmmakers Astrid Romero and Fernanda Valadezabout an orphaned boy trying to escape the clutches of drug trafficking violence, took the Grand Jury Prize for best global drama film. A New Kind of Wildernessabout a Norwegian family seeking to live outside social norms, won the jury award for best world documentary.

The Festival Award, voted for by the Sundance audience, went to daughtersthe moving documentary of Natalie Rae and Angela Patton which follows four girls as they prepare for a special dance with their imprisoned parents. daughters It also won the People’s Choice Award for Best American Documentary.

Silje Evensmo Jacobsen’s “Sujo” won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival

Didi of Sean Wanga coming-of-age film that portrays a 13-year-old Taiwanese-American boy, took the Audience Award for Best American Drama Film. Didi He also won a jury prize for his ensemble.

Ibelinwhich was acquired by Netflix at Sundance, won the Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary and a Jury Award for directing Benjamin Ree. The film follows the story of Mats Steen, a Norwegian who died of a degenerative muscle disease at age 25. Only after his death did his parents discover how widely known and celebrated Steen was on the Internet through his personal blog and through the video game World of Warcraft.

Girls Will Be Girls, about a boarding school in the Himalayas, won the Audience Award for Best World Cinema Drama. The film produced by Darren Aronofsky Little Deathstarring David Schwimmer as a television writer, he won the NEXT Innovator award. The winner of the audience award was the Irish drama Kneecapabout a Belfast rap trio, co-starring Michael Fassbender. The award winners can be seen via streaming on the festival’s website from Saturday morning until Sundance closes on Sunday.

Angela Patton and Natalie Rae won festival favorite for “Daughters”

Sundance winners often become some of the most acclaimed films of the year. Last year’s festival featured Past Lives (“Past Lives”), Celine Song, nominated for best picture and best screenplay at Tuesday’s Academy Awards. Other Sundance titles that made it to the Oscars include 2022’s best picture winner CODA (“CODA: Signs of the heart”), Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) and Minari.

The 40th edition of the festival brought high-profile films, such as the well-received A Real Painof Jesse Eisenbergstarring the director and Kieran Culkin; road trip Will Ferrell and Harper Steele Will & Harper; and the emotional documentary Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story.

This year, A Real Pain, which also won a screenwriting award for Eisenberg, was among the best-selling films, earning $10 million from its purchase by Searchlight Pictures. Neon acquired the ghost story of Steven Soderbergh presence. And the horror thriller It’s What’s Inside It was sold to Netflix for $17 million.

Source: AP

[Fotos: Stephen Lovekin / Michael Hurcomb-Shutterstock /prensa Festival de Sundance]

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