This in from Lizerne Guiting: The sun has set on 2008’s Sundance Film Festival, but not before bringing to light a crop of esteemed new indie dramas and docs. One of the fest’s most buzzed-about films was Frozen River, a drama about a desperate trailer-park mom and a Mohawk Indian girl who team up to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States from Canada. Frozen River was a short-turned-feature length film, not unlike Half Nelson, which got nominated for Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize in 2006.
Here are 10 of the big winners: (Click here for the full list.)
TROUBLE THE WATERGrand Jury Prize: Documentary
FROZEN RIVERGrand Jury Prize: Dramatic
MAN ON WIREThe World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary
KING OF PING PONGThe World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic
FIELDS OF FUELAudience Award: Documentary
THE WACKNESSAudience Award: Dramatic
MAN ON WIREWorld Cinema Audience Award: Documentary
CAPTAIN ABU RAEDWorld Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic
Alex Rivera and David Riker for SLEEP DEALERWaldo Salt Screenwriting Award
The cast of CHOKESpecial Jury Prize: Dramatic, Work by an Ensemble Cast
Thumbs up on The Wackness and Frozen River. I can't wait to see American Teen, too, plus the documentaries on Hunter S. Thompson and Roman Polanski. It didn't seem like too many studios bought much at this year's festival, and no one movie seemed to have the total "IT" factor, which is too bad. Still, now's a prime time for independents. If you're looking for something good, go see The Kite Runner and No Country for Old Men. Those are both great films.
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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