The 2022 tranche of the Sundance Film Festival ended and the awards were announced on Friday, with the top jury prizes going to the director Nikyatu Jusu first feature film Nanny for US Dramatic, with At Christine Choy’s The exiled winner for the American documentary.
Juries and virtual audience members had the opportunity to vote for their favorites in a multitude of categories from 84 feature films and 59 short films – selected from 14,849 submissions. Fifty-three percent of this year’s jury-winning feature films were directed by one or more women, and 42 percent were directed by one or more people of color. Jusu is the second black woman to win the Grand Jury Prize for US Dramatic, the previous one being Chinonye Chukwu for Clemency in 2019.
Featuring Anna Diop, Nanny follows Aisha, an undocumented nanny working for a privileged couple in New York. As she deals with the immense grief of separation from her son in Senegal, a violent supernatural presence invades her reality, threatening her realization of the American Dream. Thirty-three years of preparation, The exiled tracks down three exiled dissidents of the Tiananmen Square Massacre to complete the thought-provoking documentary Choy began in 1989.
“Today’s awards represent the determination of visionary individuals, whose dynamic work will continue to change culture and create discourse throughout the year,” said the Sundance Institute CEO. Joana Vicente.
Landing the title of World Cinema Documentary was At Shaunak Sen’s anything that breathes and the World Cinema Dramatic Prize was awarded to Alejandro Loayza Grisi utama. anything that breathes stands in Delhi’s apocalyptic air and growing violence, where two brothers devote their lives to protecting the endangered bird known as the Black Kite and one of many victims of the era. Another extension of the environmental drama comes in utamawhere an elderly Quechua couple living in the Bolivian highlands finds the routine machinations of their lives threatened by a long-lasting drought.
Festival stars winning the audience awards included the American documentary Navalny — also winning the Festival Favorite Award — and Cha Cha real smooth in US Dramatic. Centered on recently dubbed terrorist and imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the namesake documentary follows the Russian anti-authoritarian activist from his assassination attempt to his decision to face the worst in his home country.
Cha Cha real smooththe only festival winner to acquire US distribution via AppleTV+, is a coming-of-age comedy-drama created by the director-screenwriter Cooper Raiff and producer-actor dakota johnson. It follows a college graduate navigating a new relationship with a single mother and the other nuances of post-college life.
This year’s jurors included Chelsea Barnard, Marielle Heller, and Payman Maadi for the American Drama Competition; Garrett Bradley, Joan Churchill, and Pierre Nicks for the American Documentary Competition; Andrew HaighMohamed Hefzy and Frances Hui for the World Cinema Drama Competition; and Emilie Bujès, Patrick Gaspard, and Dawnbringer for the World Cinema Documentary Competition. Joey Soloway was the juror of the NEXT competition section. Penelope Bartlett, Kevin Jerome Everson, and Blackhorse Lowe was a member of the jury for the short film program competition.
Read below for a full list of winners:
GRAND JURY AWARDS
- US Grand Jury Prize: Drama – Nanny / United States (director and screenwriter: Nikyatu Jusu)
- US Jury Grand Prize: Documentary – The exiled / United States (Directors: Ben Klein and Violet Columbus)
- World Cinema Jury Grand Prize: Drama – utama / Bolivia/Uruguay/France (Director and Screenwriter: Alejandro Loayza Grisi)
- World Cinema Jury Grand Prize: Documentary – anything that breathes / India, United Kingdom (director and producer: Shaunak Sen)
- Audience Award: US Documentary – Navalny / United States (director: Daniel Roher)
- Audience Award: US Drama – Cha Cha real smooth / United States (director and screenwriter: Cooper Raiff)
- Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic – girl picture / Finland (Director: Alli Haapasalo)
- Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary – The territory / Brazil/Denmark/USA (Director: Alex Pritz)
- Audience Award: NEXT – Framing Agnes / Canada, United States (Director: Chase Joynt)
FESTIVAL FAVORITE AWARD
- Navalny / United States (director: Daniel Roher)
JURY PRIZE FOR DIRECTING, WRITING AND EDITING
- Directing Award: American Documentary – I didn’t see you there / United States (director: Reid Davenport)
- Directing Award: US Dramatic – Palm trees and power lines / United States (director and screenwriter: Jamie Dack)
- Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary – A house made of shards / Denmark (Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont)
- Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic – KLONDIKE / Ukraine/Turkey (Director and Screenwriter: Maryna Er Gorbach)
- Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: US Dramatic – Emergency / United States (Director: Carey Williams, Screenwriter: KD Davila)
- Jonathan Oppenheim Award for Editing: American Documentary – fire of love / United States (Director: Sara Dosa)
SPECIAL JURY AWARDS
- Special American Drama Jury Prize: Uncompromising Artistic Vision – some blood / United States (director and screenwriter: Bradley Rust Gray)
- Special American Drama Jury Prize: Ensemble Cast – John Boyega, Nicole Beharie, Selenis Leyva, Connie Britton, Olivia Washington, London Covington and Michael K. Williams for 892 / United States (Director and Screenwriter: Abi Damaris Corbin, Screenwriter: Kwame Kwei-Armah)
- Special Jury Prize for American Documentary: Impact for Change – replica / United States (directors and producers: Paula Eiselt, Tonya Lewis Lee)
- Special Jury Prize for American Documentary: Creative Vision – Descending / United States (Director: Margaret Brown)
- Special Jury Prize for Documentary on World Cinemas: Documentary Craftsmanship – The territory / Brazil/Denmark/USA (Director: Alex Pritz)
- Special Jury Prize for Documentary on World Cinemas: Excellence In Verité Filmmaking – Midwives / Burma (director: Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing)
- Special Jury Prize for Dramatic World Cinema: Innovative Spirit – Leonor will never die / Philippines (director and screenwriter: Martika Ramirez Escobar)
- Special Jury Prize for Dramatic World Cinema: Actor – Teresa Sánchez for Dos Estaciones / Mexico (Director and Screenwriter: Juan Pablo González, Screenwriters: Ana Isabel Fernández, Ilana Coleman)
UPCOMING INNOVATOR AWARD PRESENTED BY ADOBE
- Chase Joynt for Framing Agnes / Canada, United States (Director: Chase Joynt)
SHORT FILM AWARDS PRESENTED BY XRM Media
- Grand Jury Prize for Short Film – The Headhunter’s Daughter / Philippines (Director and Screenwriter: Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan)
- Short Film Jury Prize: US Fiction – IF I WILL MISS ME / United States (director and screenwriter: Walter Thompson-Hernández)
- Short Film Jury Prize: International Fiction – Warsha / France/Lebanon (Director and Screenwriter: Dania Bdeir)
- Short Film Jury Prize: Non-Fiction – Moved / Kosovo (Director and Screenwriter: Samir Karahoda)
- Short Film Jury Prize: Animation – Night bus / Taiwan (director and screenwriter: Joe Hsieh)
- Special Short Film Jury Prize: Ensemble Cast – Zélia Duncan, Bruna Linzmeyer, Camila Rocha, Clarissa Ribeiro and Lorre Motta for Wild patience brought me here / Brazil (Director and Screenwriter: Érica Sarmet)
- Special Short Film Jury Prize: Screenplay – Sara Driver for Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver / United States (Directors: Lewie Kloster, Noah Kloster, Screenwriter: Sara Driver)
With ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’, Cooper Raiff proves he is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today.
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