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SUNDANCE 2018 Awards

Sundance awards Turkey’s Butterflies

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- Tolga Karaçelik’s film has won the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, while Talal Derki has triumphed again in the World Cinema Documentary Competition

Sundance awards Turkey’s Butterflies
Butterflies by Tolga Karaçelik

The Sundance Film Festival came to an end yesterday, after the list of films awarded by the jury (which included Ruben Östlund) was unveiled at a ceremony on Saturday evening. Curiously enough, the World Cinema competitions, which included a handful of European productions and co-productions, witnessed the triumph of two films hailing from the Middle East.

Turkish filmmaker Tolga Karaçelik’s Butterflies [+see also:
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, the follow-up to his award-winning Ivy [+see also:
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interview: Tolga Karaçelik
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, received the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. The film follows three siblings who do not know each other or anything about their late father, as they wait to bury his body in a rural Turkish village.

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Furthermore, the World Cinema Dramatic Competition saw victory for European talent, such as Icelandic newcomer Isold Uggadottir (Directing Award for And Breathe Normally [+see also:
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interview: Ísold Uggadóttir
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) and the Danish title The Guilty [+see also:
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by Gustav Möller (Audience Award). 

As for the World Cinema Documentary Competition, it was Talal Derki’s Of Fathers and Sons [+see also:
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 that took home the Grand Jury Prize. It is not the first time that the Syrian-born filmmaker has tasted victory in this section, as his previous film, the widely acclaimed Return to Homs [+see also:
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, snagged the exact same award back in 2014. This time, he dives into the day-to-day life of a radical Islamist family. 

Swiss production Genesis 2.0 [+see also:
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, by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev, and various other European co-productions also received some love from the jury.

Here is the complete list of winners in the World Cinema sections:

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Grand Jury Prize
Butterflies [+see also:
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- Tolga Karaçelik (Turkey)

Directing Award
Isold Uggadottir - And Breathe Normally [+see also:
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interview: Ísold Uggadóttir
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]
(Iceland/Sweden/Belgium)

Special Jury Award for Acting
Valeria Bertuccelli - The Queen of Fear [+see also:
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(Argentina/Denmark)

Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting
Dead Pigs – Cathy Yan (China)

Special Jury Award for Screenwriting
Sebastián Hofmann, Julio Chavezmontes - Time Share [+see also:
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(Mexico/Netherlands/UK)

Audience Award
The Guilty [+see also:
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– Gustav Möller (Denmark) 

World Cinema Documentary Competition 

Grand Jury Prize
Of Fathers and Sons [+see also:
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– Talal Derki (Syria/Lebanon/Germany)

Directing Award
Sandi Tan – Shirkers (USA)

Special Jury Award for Editing
Maxim Pozdorovkin, Matvey Kulakov - Our New President (Russia/USA) 

Special Jury Award for Cinematography
Maxim Arbugaev, Peter Indergand - Genesis 2.0 [+see also:
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(Switzerland) 

Special Jury Award
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. [+see also:
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– Stephen Loveridge (Sri Lanka/UK/USA)

Audience Award
This Is Home – Alexandra Shiva (USA)

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