Film

Sundance Film Festival 2015: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” takes top prize

This weekend all eyes were on “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” the film earned the highest awards late Saturday night in Park City, as the 2015 Sundance Film Festival came to a close with the annual awards ceremony. The film won both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, as well as the U.S. dramatic Audience Award.

The film was one of the most popular entries at the festival this year, and a top-pick among eager distributors, eventually FOX Searchlight won the bid for the film. The story involves the relationship between a young-man and his best-friend, a deep-seated love of classic cinema, and a dying girl. The film was an expected winner of U.S. dramatic audience award, and the fact that the film won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize didn’t come as too much of a surprise either, with fans and critics alike giving the film a standing ovation and glowing reviews at the premiere.

One of the closer-races this year involved the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for documentary. The award eventually went to “The Wolfpack,” the story of the Angulos family. The film followed six brothers, living in squalor in their father’s Lower East Side public housing apartment, who used film’s as their only escape into the world. It was Crystal Moselle that found the family, the film was picked up by Magnolia Pictures.

The World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic went to the John Maclean’s film ‘Slow West’. The World Cinema Grand Jury in Documentary went to “The Russian Woodpecker,” following the story of a the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, that film was directed by Chad Gracia. The Audience award in World Cinema went to “Umrika,” from director Prashant Nair, while the Audience award for U.S. documentary went to “Meru,” directed by Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi.

The Directing Award for U.S. Dramatic went to Robert Eggers for the horror film “The Witch,” while the Directing Award for World Cinema Documentary went to Kim Longinotto for “Dreamcatcher.” The Directing Award for World Cinema Dramatic went to Alante Kavaite for “The Summer of Sangaile”.