Sundance awards Turkey’s Butterflies
by David González
- 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
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:
film profile], the follow-up to his award-winning Ivy [+see also:
interview: Tolga Karaçelik
film profile], 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.
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:
interview: Ísold Uggadóttir
film profile]) and the Danish title The Guilty [+see also:
film profile] by Gustav Möller (Audience Award).
As for the World Cinema Documentary Competition, it was Talal Derki’s Of Fathers and Sons [+see also:
film profile] 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:
film profile], snagged the exact same award back in 2014. This time, he dives into the day-to-day life of a radical Islamist family.
Here is the complete list of winners in the World Cinema sections:
World Cinema Dramatic Competition
Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting
Dead Pigs – Cathy Yan (China)
World Cinema Documentary Competition
Sandi Tan – Shirkers (USA)
Special Jury Award for Editing
Maxim Pozdorovkin, Matvey Kulakov - Our New President (Russia/USA)
This Is Home – Alexandra Shiva (USA)
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