The Sundance Film Festival Juries have selected the winners of the 2011 awards. The big winner is Like Crazy, which won both the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) and a Special Jury Prize for actress Felicity Jones. Naturally, Like Crazy already has a distribution deal in place with Paramount. Circumstance, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Pariah are a few of the other winners in the dramatic competition.Notable documentary winners include How to Die in Oregon, Buck, and Project Nim.
Click here for all of our coverage of Sundance, including reviews and distribution reports for these films and more. Hit the jump for the full list of winners and the juries who handed out the awards.
I don’t have an opinion on the euthanasia debate. The issue is simply too personal to each individual for me to weigh in and tell complete strangers that they shouldn’t take their own lives or that they shouldn’t have to endure more pain. Peter D. Richardson’s documentary How to Die in Oregon supports the “death with dignity” argument by showing how some people in Oregon, which has legalized euthanasia, are taking advantage of the new law. The movie is heartbreaking as we watch terminal patients struggle with the decision to end their own life with “dignity” (I put that in quotations for a reason I’ll explain later in the review). While the film works brilliantly on an emotional level, it does its advocacy a disservice through oversights and unnecessary tangents.
The films playing in-competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival have been announced. Some of this year’s competitors include Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut Higher Ground, Paddy Considine’s feature directorial debut Tyrannosaur, Matthew Chapman’s thriller The Ledge, Michael Rapaport’s documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life (which is about the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest), and a documentary about lovable Sesame Street resident Elmo (or rather, his puppeteer).
However, the movies playing in-competition at Sundance are only a fraction of the total number of films that play at the festival. This will be my first year attending the festival and I’m super-excited about going. Hit the jump for a full list of the in-competition films. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th.