Filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu’s thriller/drama “Nanny” won the US Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival mostly as a virtual film for the second year in a row for the first time. The film about a Senegalese nanny who works for a privileged family in New York City has been critically acclaimed and is still finding distribution.
“The Exiles,” about three dissidents exiled after the Tiananmen Square massacre in China, won the U.S. Documentary Jury Prize. “Utama,” a Bolivian character portrait, won the top prize for world drama, while the Indian documentary “All That Breathes” won the Grand Jury Prize. for world documentaries.
“Cha Cha Real Smooth” has won the Audience Award in dramatic competition in the US just days after it signed a $15 million distribution deal with Apple – the biggest sale of the festival. . The crowd-pleasing film was written, directed, and starred by Cooper Raiff in his sophomore endeavor. Dakota Johnson also starred.
In the documentary space, “Navalny,” which CNN and HBO Max will release later this year, has won both the audience award in the American documentary competition and the festival’s favorite award. movie. The film traces the aftermath of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and one of Vladimir Putin’s harshest critics. Directed by Daniel Roher, “Navalny” debuted to critical acclaim and attracted the attention of the dissident, who had been incarcerated in a Russian prison for more than a year.
In his speech after winning the audience award, Roher said he hopes the film will help people “learn about the courage it takes to overthrow a dictatorship”.
Other audience awards went to “Girl Picture” (World Drama), “The Territory” (World Cinema Documentary) and “Framing Agnes” (Continued).
Joana Vicente, executive director of the Sundance Institute, said: “Today’s award demonstrates the determination of visionary individuals whose dynamic work will continue to change cultures.
The festival made a last-minute virtual decision over concerns about the highly contagious variant of Omicron, and the awards were announced in a two-hour tweet sequence that included each winner’s speech. .
“Whether you watch from home or one of our seven satellite screens,” said festival director Tabitha Jackson, “this year’s festival presents a strong convergence; we came together as a community connected through the work. “
In addition to Apple’s purchase of “Cha Cha,” Fox Searchlight’s other high-grossing films include two films: the horror film “Fresh” directed by Mimi Cave and “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” starring Mimi Cave. Emma Thompson as a restrained widow who hires a prostitute. Both movies will skip theaters and premiere on Hulu in the US
Sony Pictures Classics has selected “Living”, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Ikiru” film starring Bill Nighy as a civil servant who discovers he has a terminal illness; and IFC Films will release “Resurrection,” starring Rebecca Hall, in theaters ahead of its premiere on streaming service Shudder.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/movies/sundance-winners-exiles-nanny.html ‘The Exiles’ and ‘Nanny’ win top awards at Sundance