‘Burden’ & &’ The Sentence’ Win the Audience Awards at Sundance2018

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by Alex Billington
January 27, 2018

Sundance Film Festival

The main awards for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival were revealed this evening at an event in Park City. We’ve been patiently waiting to see who won the awards at Sundance this year, and now we understand – it’s not any of the movies we anticipated. This appears to be among the oddest sets of winners in years, however that’s the method it goes. The huge Audience Award winners are: Burden, a story about a previous Klansman being taken in by a Reverend starring Garrett Hedlund & Forest Whitaker, from director Andrew Heckler; The Sentence, a documentary by Rudy Valdez; and Search, the computer system screen movie (read my evaluation) directed by Aneesh Chaganty. Other significant winners consist of filmmakers Desiree Akhavan, Sara Colangelo, Christina Choe, Reed Morano, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Bing Liu, Derek Doneen, and Gustav Möller. View the complete list from 2018.

Here’s the complete release of winners with summary details beside each. The 2018 celebration concludes this weekend.


The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was provided to: The Miseducation of Cameron Post(Director: Desiree Akhavan, Screenwriters: Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele, Producers: Cecilia Frugiuele, Jonathan Montepare, Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub)– 1993: after being captured having sex with the senior prom queen, a lady is required into a gay conversion treatment. Based Upon Emily Danforth’s questionable and well-known coming-of-age book. Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle.

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary existed to: Kailash(Director: Derek Doneen, Producers: Davis Guggenheim, Sarah Anthony)– As a boy, Kailash Satyarthi assured himself that he would end kid slavery in his life time. In the years considering that, he has actually saved more than eighty thousand kids and constructed an international motion. This suspenseful and intimate movie follows one guy’s journey to do exactly what lots of thought was difficult.

The World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic existed to: Butterflies/ Turkey (Director & Screenwriter: Tolga Karaçelik, Producers: Tolga Karaçelik, Diloy Gülün, Metin Anter)– In the Turkish town of Hasanlar, 3 brother or sisters who neither understand each other nor anything about their late dad, wait to bury his body. As they begin to learn more about their dad and about each other, they likewise begin to understand more about themselves.

The World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary existed to: Of Sons and daddies/ Germany, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar (Director: Talal Derki, Producers: Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias N. Siebert, Hans Robert Eisenhauer)– Talal Derki goes back to his homeland where he gets the trust of an extreme Islamist household, sharing their every day life for over 2 years. His cam concentrates on Osama and his more youthful sibling Ayman, offering an exceptionally uncommon insight into exactly what it suggests to mature in an Islamic Caliphate.

The Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic existed to: Sara Colangelo, for her movie The Kindergarten Teacher(Director & Screenwriter: Sara Colangelo, Producers: Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler)– When a Staten Island kindergarten instructor finds exactly what might be a talented 5 year-old trainee in her class, she ends up being amazed and consumed with the kid– spiraling downward on a desperate and unsafe course in order to support his skill. Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar, Anna Barynishikov, Michael Chernus, Gael Garcia Bernal.

The Directing Award: U.S. Documentary existed to: Alexandria Bombach for her movie On Her Shoulders(Director: Alexandria Bombach, Producers: Hayley Pappas, Brock Williams)– Nadia Murad, a 23- year-old Yazidi, endured genocide and sexual slavery dedicated by ISIS. Duplicating her story to the world, this normal woman discovers herself thrust onto the worldwide phase as the voice of her individuals. Far from the podium, she should browse administration, popularity and individuals’s great intents.

The Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic existed by Michael J. Werner to: Ísold Uggadóttir, for her movie And Breathe Normally/ Iceland, Sweden, Belgium (Director and film writer: Ísold Uggadóttir, Producers: Skúli Malmquist, Diana Elbaum, Annika Hellström, Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir, Inga Lind Karlsdóttir)– At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, 2 females’s lives will converge– for a short minute– while caught in situations unpredicted. In between a having a hard time Icelandic mom and an asylum applicant from Guinea-Bissau, a fragile bond will form as both plan to obtain their lives back on track. Cast: Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson.

The Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary existed to: Sandi Tan, for her movie Shirkers(Director & Screenwriter: Sandi Tan, Producers: Sandi Tan, Jessica Levin, Maya Rudolph)– In 1992, teen Sandi Tan shot Singapore’s very first indie roadway film with her enigmatic American coach Georges– who then disappeared with all the video. Twenty years later on, the 16 mm movie is recuperated, sending out Tan, now an author in Los Angeles, on an individual odyssey looking for Georges’ disappearing footprints.

The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic existed to: Christina Choe, for her movie Nancy(Director & Screenwriter: Christina Choe, Producers: Amy Lo, Michelle Cameron, Andrea Riseborough)– Blurring lines in between reality and fiction, Nancy ends up being significantly persuaded she was abducted as a kid. Affordable doubts provide method to willful belief– and the power of feeling threatens to conquer all rationality when she satisfies a couple whose child went missing out on thirty years back. Cast: Andrea Riseborough, J. Smith-Cameron, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd, John Leguizamo.

A U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature existed to: Monsters and Men(Director & Screenwriter: Reinaldo Marcus Green, Producers: Elizabeth Lodge Stepp, Josh Penn, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Luca Borghese)– This interwoven story checks out the consequences of an authorities killing of a black guy. The movie is informed through the eyes of the spectator who recorded the act, an African-American policeman and a high-school baseball phenom motivated to decide. Cast: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chanté Adams, Nicole Beharie, Rob Morgan.

A U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking existed to: I Think We’re Alone Now(Director: Reed Morano, Screenwriter: Mike Makowsky, Producers: Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fernando Loureiro, Roberto Vasconcellos, Peter Dinklage, Mike Makowsky)– The armageddon shows a true blessing in camouflage for one fortunate recluse– up until a 2nd survivor shows up with the risk of friendship. Cast: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning.

A U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting existed to: Benjamin Dickey, for Blaze(Director: Ethan Hawke, Screenwriters: Ethan Hawke, Sybil Rosen, Producers: Jake Seal, John Sloss, Ryan Hawke, Ethan Hawke)– A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unrecognized songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music motion; he quit paradise for the sake of a tune. Cast: Benjamin Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Josh Hamilton, Charlie Sexton.

A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision existed to: Hale County This Morning, This Evening(Director: RaMell Ross, Screenwriter: Maya Krinsky, Producers: Joslyn Barnes, RaMell Ross, Su Kim)– Composed of unencumbered and intimate minutes of individuals in a neighborhood, this movie is built in a type that permits the audience an emotive impression of the Historic South – trumpeting the charm of life and effects of the social building and construction of race, while all at once a testimony to dreaming.

A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact existed to: Crime + Punishment(Director: Stephen Maing)– Over 4 years of unmatched gain access to, the story of a brave group of black and Latino whistleblower police officers and one unrelenting private detective who, in the middle of a landmark suit, threat whatever to expose unlawful quota practices and their influence on young minorities.

A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling existed to: Three Identical Strangers(Director: Tim Wardle, Producer: Becky Read)– New York,1980: 3 total strangers mistakenly find that they’re similar triplets, separated at birth. The 19- year-olds’ jubilant reunion catapults them to worldwide popularity, however likewise opens a troubling and amazing trick that surpasses their own lives – and might change our understanding of humanity permanently.

A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking existed to: Minding the Gap(Director: Bing Liu, Producer: Diane Quon)– Three boys bond together to get away unstable households in their Rust Belt home town. As they deal with adult obligations, unforeseen discoveries threaten their decade-long relationship.

The NEXT Innovator Prize was revealed as a tie, and existed to 2 movies:

Night Comes On(Director: Jordana Spiro, Screenwriters: Jordana Spiro, Angelica Nwandu, Producers: Jonathan Montepare, Alvaro R. Valente, Danielle Renfrew Behrens)– Angel LaMere is launched from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18 th birthday. Haunted by her past, she starts a journey with her 10 year-old sibling that might damage their future. Cast: Dominique Fishback, Tatum Hall, John Earl Jelks, Max Casella, James McDaniel.

We the Animals(Director: Jeremiah Zagar, Screenwriters: Daniel Kitrosser, Jeremiah Zagar, Producers: Jeremy Yaches, Christina D. King, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey)– United States 3, us bros, us kings. Manny, Joel and Jonah tear their method through youth and push versus the unstable love of their moms and dads. As Manny and Joel turn into variations of their dad and Ma imagine escape, Jonah, the youngest, welcomes a pictured world all his own. Cast: Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, Josiah Gabriel.


The Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic, Presented by Acura existed to: Burden(Director & Screenwriter: Andrew Heckler, Producers: Robbie Brenner, Jincheng, Bill Kenwright)– After opening a KKK store, Klansman Michael Burden falls for a single mama who requires him to challenge his ridiculous hatred. After leaving the Klan and with no place to turn, Burden is taken in by an African-American reverend, and discovers tolerance through their combined love and faith. Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wilkinson, Usher Raymond.

The Audience Award: U.S. Documentary, Presented by Acura existed to: The Sentence(Director: Rudy Valdez, Producers: Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee)– Cindy Shank, mom of 3, is serving a 15- year sentence in federal jail for her digressive participation with a Michigan drug ring years previously. This intimate picture of necessary minimum drug sentencing’s destructive effects, caught by Cindy’s sibling, follows her and her household during 10 years.

The Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic existed to: The Guilty/ Denmark (Director: Gustav Möller, Screenwriters: Gustav Möller, Emil Nygaard Albertsen, Producer: Lina Flint)– Alarm dispatcher Asger Holm responds to an emergency situation call from an abducted lady; after an abrupt disconnection, the look for the lady and her abductor starts. With the phone as his only tool, Asger goes into a race versus time to fix a criminal activity that is far larger than he initially believed. Cast: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen, Omar Shargawi.

The Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary existed to: This Is Home/ U.S.A., Jordan (Director: Alexandra Shiva, Producers: Lindsey Megrue, Alexandra Shiva)– This is an intimate picture of 4 Syrian households showing up in Baltimore, Maryland and having a hard time to discover their footing. With 8 months to end up being self-dependent, they should advance to restore their lives. When the travel restriction includes additional issues, their strength and strength are tested.

The Audience Award: NEXT, Presented by Adobe existed to: Search(Director: Aneesh Chaganty, Screenwriters: Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian, Producers: Timur Bekmambetov, Sev Ohanian, Adam Sidman, Natalie Qasabian)– After his 16- year-old child goes missing out on, a desperate dad burglarize her laptop computer to try to find ideas to discover her. A thriller that unfolds totally on computer system screens. Cast: John Cho, Debra Messing.

Congrats to all 2018’s winners! In all sincerity, these are a few of the oddest Sundance awards in years. I have no idea lots of people who liked The Miseducation of Cameron Post(most believed it was alright), so how did it win Grand Jury? Does not make good sense. Even the Audience Awards winners didn’t appear to have much buzz. Be it, however simply so lots of odd surprises with all of these winners. I liked a great deal of movies at Sundance this year, however nearly none wound up winning an award. There’s normally a couple of that sneak in, and those would be: Search, Minding the Gap and The Guilty I’m pleased to see these movies acknowledged, however the remainder of the winners are entirely unforeseen and so odd. As constantly, these are just Sundance awards and not the just great movies to see from the fest. See in 2015’s winners here. Summarize all our Sundance 2018 protection.

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