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Sundance ’12: Winners, Deals & Interviews

January 29, 2012 2012 Sundance Film Festival wrapped up with its awards presentation Saturday night during a ceremony in Park City.

As the event has unfolded I have been collecting the news via the Hollywood Reporter and decided to put it together in one (long) post rather than do the as it happens thing. The stories are presented in descending order with the most recent stories first. There are some cool interviews mixed in with the deals and buying frenzy…

The top jury awards went to Beasts of the Southern Wild (drama) and The House I Live In (documentary). Beasts, a breakout feature from director Benh Zeitlin about a six-year-old girl living with her impoverished father near the Mississippi delta, has been picked up for distribution by Fox Searchlight. House, from director Eugene Jarecki, explores the injustices of America’s 40-year war on drugs.

Audience awards went to The Surrogate, the drama starring John Hawkes as a man in an iron lung who attempts to lose his virginity, and Searching for Sugar Man, the documentary about a quest to figure out what happened to an elusive rock star. Both movies found domestic distributors at the festival, with Fox Searchlight paying $6 million for Surrogate and Sony Pictures Classics grabbing Sugar Man for a mid-six figures price tag.

The full list of winners:

World Cinema Jury Special Prize, Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul

World Cinema Documentary Editing: Indie Game: The Movie, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky

World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary: The Law in These Parts, Ra’anan Alexandrowicz

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Prize:, Can, Rasit Celikezer

World Cinema Cinematography Award, Drama: David Raedeker, My Brother the Devil

World Cinema Cinematography Award, Documentary: Lars Skree, Putin’s Kiss

World Cinema Directing Award, Documentary: Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, 5 Broken Cameras

Best of Next Audience Award: Sleepwalk With Me, Mike Birbiglia

Audience Award, Shorts: The Debutante Hunters, Maria White

Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul

Audience Award, World Cinema: Valley of Saints, Musa Syeed

Audience Award, U.S. Documentary: The Invisible War, Kirby Dick

Audience Award, U.S. Drama: The Surrogate, Ben Lewin

World Cinema Jury Prize, Drama: Violeta Went to Heaven

World Cinema Directing Award, Drama: Teddy Bear, Mads Matthiesen

World Cinema Screenwriting Award, Drama: Young & Wild, Marialy Rivas, Camila Gutierrez, Pedro Periano, Sebastian Sepulveda

World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary: The Law in These Parts

Special Jury Prizes, U.S. Documentary: Love Free or Die and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing: Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling, Smashed and Nobody Walks

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting: The Surrogate

Excellence in Cinematography, U.S. Documentary: Chasing Ice, Jeff Orlowski

Excellence in Cinematography, U.S. Dramatic: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ben Richardson

U.S. Documentary Editing Award: Detropia, Enat Sidi

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Safety Not Guaranteed, Derek Connolly

U.S. Directing Award: The Queen of Versailles, Lauren Greenfield

U.S. Directing Award: Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVernay

Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: The House I Live In, Eugene Jarecki

Grand Jury Prize, Drama: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin

The festival previously announced that ‘Robot & Frank’ and ‘Valley of Saints’ Awarded Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

VIDEO: THR’s Sundance Film Festival Lounge


Star-Studded ‘Lay the Favorite’ Sells to Weinstein Co. for $2 Million-Plus

Controversial Drama ‘Compliance’ Sells to Magnolia Pictures

Madmen Entertainment Takes Rights to ‘Marina Abramovic’ Doc Down Under

Magnolia Pictures Wrapping Up Deal for ‘Nobody Walks’ (Exclusive)

ATO Pictures Acquires North American Rights to Clive Owen-Gillian Anderson’s ‘Shadow Dancer’

Participant Media, AFFRM Partner for ‘Middle of Nowhere’

IFC Films Acquires North American Rights to ‘Simon Killer’

 Musician-Turned-Filmmaker Quentin Dupieux on Hitting all of the Right Notes with ‘Wrong’ (Q&A)

Sundance Selects Grabs ‘How to Survive a Plague’ (Exclusive)

National Geographic Channel Nabs Doc ‘Chasing Ice’

Entertainment One Acquires ‘Wish You Were Here’

IFC Midnight Acquires ‘The Pact’

Magnolia Pictures Acquiring Horror Flick ‘V/H/S’ for North of $1 Million (Exclusive)

IFC Films Acquires Josh Radnor’s ‘Liberal Arts’

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Samuel Goldwyn Films Pick Up ‘Robot and Frank’

Richard Gere’s ‘Arbitrage’ Sells to Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions for $2 Million-Plus

Robert De Niro Thriller ‘Red Lights’ Sells to Millennium Entertainment

Institute-Backed Films Score 7 Oscar Nominations

‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ Sells to Sony Pictures Classics

Focus Features Buys ‘For a Good Time, Call …’

MPAA’s Chris Dodd Calls Piracy Defeat a ‘Watershed Event’

Fox Searchlight Buying ‘The Surrogate’ for About $6 Million

Doug E. Fresh Rhymes in ‘Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap’ (Exclusive Video)

Lizzy Caplan Talks ‘Party Down’ Movie, Going Bridal at Sundance in Two Wedding Comedies (Q&A)

Mike Birbiglia on Turning His ‘Sleepwalk’ Stage Show Into a Film (Q&A)

5 Bidders Vying for Festival Breakout ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

Joel Edgerton on Avoiding Hollywood’s ‘Crap Movies’ and His Hunt for Bin Laden With Kathryn Bigelow (Q&A)

Protagonist Sells U.K. and Aussie Rights to ‘Sugar Man’

Julie Delpy on ‘2 Days in New York’ and Funny Intellectuals (Q&A)

Stephen Frears on His Sundance Comeback, ‘Lay the Favorite’ (Q&A)

Thriller ‘Black Rock’ Acquired by LD Distribution for North of $1 Mil

Bradley Cooper’s ‘The Words’ Sells to CBS Films After Heated Bidding

Seth Rogen’s Better Half Premieres in Park City With ‘For a Good Time Call’ (Q&A)

‘I Am Not A Hipster’ Has Musician’s Touch

Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures Partnering With ro*co prods. to Adapt Docs Into Dramas

Screaming, Anger at Tension-Filled ‘Compliance’ Premiere

New Online Hub Slated Launches (Exclusive)

Ice-T Talks Filmmaking and His Festival Debut (Q&A)

Tears and Anger as Peter Jackson’s ‘West of Memphis’ Premieres

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim Skewer ‘Douchey’ Hollywood in Their ‘Billion Dollar Movie’ (Q&A)

Magnolia Buys ‘Queen Of Versailles’ Documentary

Antonio Campos Returns to Park City After a ‘Huge’ Year with “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

Rashida Jones on Her Screenwriting Debut, ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ (Q&A)

Content Film and Preferred Content Cut Six-Film Production Deal

Spike Lee Talks ‘Red Hook Summer,’ His Feature Debut at the Festival (Q&A)

Melanie Lynskey on the Rise of Female Protagonists and Which Screenings She Hopes to Catch (Q&A)

Behind the Scenes of ‘Compliance’ (Exclusive Video)

Doc ‘ME @ THE ZOO’ Acquired by HBO Documentary Films


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