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SUNDANCE 2022 Awards

Sundance announces its prizewinners

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- The festival took to Twitter to publish its list of award winners: European victors included Utama, All That Breathes, Girl Picture, Klondike and The Territory

Sundance announces its prizewinners
Utama by Alejandro Loayza Grisi

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival took place digitally from 20-30 January and announced its jury-selected winners and audience awards via Twitter at the weekend. The competition sections separate US films from the world sections and feature films from documentaries. This year, Sundance programmers selected 84 feature films and 59 shorts.

The French-Bolivian-Uruguayan co-production Utama [+see also:
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interview: Alejandro Loayza
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by Alejandro Loayza Grisi won the World Cinematic Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. The movie takes place in the Bolivian highlands, where an elderly Quechua couple have been living for years, but then a drought threatens their entire way of life. Juror Mohamed Hefzy said, “This beautifully shot first feature brings into focus the effect of climate change on the indigenous populations of South America.”

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The Audience Award for World Cinema Dramatic went to Alli Haapasalo’s Finnish tale Girl Picture [+see also:
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, which follows three girls on the cusp of womanhood over the course of three consecutive Friday nights. The Directing Prize in this section went to Maryna Er Gorbach for her Ukrainian-Turkish co-production Klondike [+see also:
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interview: Maryna Er Gorbach
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. It tells the story of a Ukrainian family living on the Russian-Ukrainian border during wartime, who find themselves at the centre of an air-crash catastrophe on 17 July 2014.

Shaunak Sen's Indian-UK co-production All That Breathes [+see also:
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won the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize. It's another film dealing with how climate change is having a dramatic effect on people’s lives. It follows two brothers in Delhi, trying to protect an endangered bird known as the Black Night. Juror Emile Bujès called it “poetic… An urgent political story while constructing a singular and loving portrait of protagonists resisting seemingly inevitable ecological disaster.”

The Brazilian-Danish-US documentary The Territory won the Audience Award, with its director, Alex Pritz, also picking up the Special Jury Award: Documentary Craft. The Territory shows a young indigenous leader and his mentor fighting to protect an area of the Amazon rainforest. The section's Directing Prize went to Simon Lereng Wilmont for A House Made of Splinters [+see also:
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(Denmark).

Here is the full list of award winners:

Festival Favourite Award
Navalny - Daniel Roher (USA)

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Audience Award
Girl Picture [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alli Haapasalo
film profile
]
- Alli Haapasalo (Finland)

Grand Jury Prize
Utama [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alejandro Loayza
film profile
]
- Alejandro Loayza Grisi (Bolivia/Uruguay/France)

Best Directing
Maryna Er Gorbach - Klondike [+see also:
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interview: Maryna Er Gorbach
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]
(Ukraine/Turkey)

Special Jury Award: Innovative Spirit
Leonor Will Never Die - Martika Ramirez Escobar (Philippines)

Special Jury Award: Acting
Teresa Sánchez- Dos Estaciones (Mexico)

World Cinema Documentary Competition

Audience Award
The Territory - Alex Pritz (Brazil/Denmark/USA)

Grand Jury Prize
All That Breathes [+see also:
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trailer
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]
- Shaunak Sen (India/UK)

Best Directing
Simon Lereng Wilmont - A House Made of Splinters [+see also:
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]
(Denmark)

Special Jury Award: Documentary Craft
The Territory - Alex Pritz

Special Jury Award: Excellence in Verité Filmmaking
Midwives - Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing (Myanmar)

US Dramatic Competition

Audience Award
Cha Cha Real Smooth - Cooper Raiff (USA)

Grand Jury Award
Nanny - Nikyatu Jusu (USA)

Best Directing
Jamie Dack - Palm Trees and Power Lines (USA)

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
KD Dávila - Emergency (USA)

Special Jury Award: Ensemble Cast
John Boyega, Nicole Beharie, Selenis Leyva, Connie Britton, Olivia Washington, London Covington and Michael K Williams - 892 (USA)

Special Jury Award: Uncompromising Artistic Vision
Bradley Rust - Grayblood (USA)

US Documentary Competition

Audience Award
Navalny - Daniel Roher

Grand Jury Prize
The Exiles – Ben Klein, Violet Columbus (USA)

Best Directing
Reid Davenport - I Didn't See You There (USA)

Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award
Erin Casper and Jocelyne Chaput - Fire of Love (Canada/USA)

Special Jury Award: Impact for Change
Aftershock - Paula Eiselt, Tonya Lewis Lee (USA)

Special Jury Award: Creative Vision
Descendant - Margaret Brown (USA)

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Audience Award
Framing Agnes - Chase Joynt (Canada/USA)

Short film awards

Grand Jury Prize
The Headhunter's Daughter - Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan (Philippines)

Jury Award: US Fiction
If I Go Will They Miss Me - Walter Thompson-Hernández (USA)

Jury Award: International Fiction
Warsha - Dania Bdeir (France/Lebanon)

Jury Award: Nonfiction
Displaced - Samir Karahoda (Kosovo)

Jury Award: Animation
Night Bus - Joe Hsieh (Taiwan)

Special Jury Award: Ensemble Cast
Zélia Duncan, Bruna Linzmeyer, Camila Rocha, Clarissa Ribeiro and Lorre Motta - A Wild Patience Has Taken Me Here (Brazil)

Special Jury Award: Screenwriting
Sara Driver - Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver (USA)

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