In Documentaries, the Grand Jury Prize went to 'Restrepo,' Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's dispatch from the front lines in Afghanistan. Read on for more about the award winners and the ceremony, plus the latest in Sundance star sightings, deals, interviews, and reviews. Saturday, the tenth day of the Sundance Film Festival, was a huge day for Debra Granik. The filmmaker struck a distribution deal for her backwoods noir 'Winter's Bone' in the afternoon; hours later, the drama won two awards, including the festival's top trophy, the Grand Jury Prize.
In Documentaries, the Grand Jury Prize went to 'Restrepo,' Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's dispatch from the front lines in Afghanistan. Read on for more about the award winners and the ceremony, plus the latest in Sundance star sightings, deals, interviews, and reviews.
Awards: It must have been as cold inside the Racquet Club as outside, since the presenters and award winners tended to stay bundled up in their winter outerwear. Histrionic host David Hyde Pierce seemed to be working up a sweat doing shtick, and he still kept his ski cap on. He oversaw the presentation of prizes to 'Winter's Bone' (which also won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award), 'Restrepo.' and the rest. The World Cinema Jury Prizes went to the drama 'Animal Kingdom' (an Australian crime saga) and the documentary 'The Red Chapel' (about a Danish journalist's undercover visit to North Korea).
'How I Met Your Mother' star Josh Radnor won the top audience prize for drama for his directing debut, 'happythankyoumoreplease.' Other top audience prizes went to 'Waiting for Superman' (U.S. Documentary), Peru's 'Undertow' (World Cinema Dramatic) and the U.K./Brazil co-production 'Waste Land' (World Cinema Documentary).
Go to indieWIRE for the full report on the ceremony, including a list of all the winners.
Daily Buzz: There have been a lot of articles this weekend trying to summarize and evaluate the whole festival; now Movie City Indie has a summary of the summaries.
IndieWIRE has the details on the pre-awards sale of 'Winter's Bone' to Roadside Attractons. The site also looks deeper at Friday's $1.5 million sale of Sundance's most controversial film, Michael Winterbottom's noir 'The Killer Inside Me,' to IFC Films. IndieWIRE's Anne Thompson notes that IFC was the only one of the potential buyers that promised to release the film uncut. She also points to this Los Angeles Times article, in which Mark Olsen defends Winterbottom's gruesome violence from charges that it's gratuitous and misogynistic.
IndieWIRE looks at the controversy surrounding Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost's 'Catfish,' one of the festival's most talked-about documentaries. Given the slipperiness of its topic - the deceptive nature of identity on the Web's social networks - viewers are wondering whether they can trust anything the media-savvy filmmakers have put on screen.
Your Kristen Stewart item of the day: A much-discussed scene in Sundance movie 'The Runaways' sees Stewart (as Joan Jett) taking revenge on a band dismissive of her teen-girl group by peeing on one of the band's guitars. Talking to the Toronto Sun, Jett says she really did this to Rush, in response to the band's put-downs when the Runaways opened for them in 1977. This anecdote and other final bits of festival celebrity dish come from Cinematical's daily digest, "Sundance in 60 Seconds."
Interviews: Cinematical has video interviews with the directors of two of the festival's biggest horror crowd-pleasers, 'Splice''s Vincenzo Natali (here) and 'Frozen''s Adam Green (here). Both interviews are on video.
IndieWIRE's Thompson also has two video interviews. Mexican star-turned-filmmaker Diego Luna, at Sundance with his debut 'Abel,' is "the directing discovery of this festival," Thompson says. She also talks to Australia's Mark Lewis, at Sundance with a 3-D sequel to his cult hit documentary 'Cane Toads,' called 'Cane Toads: The Conquest.'
Reviews: IndieWIRE has a positive review of 'GasLand,' Josh Fox's alternately hilarious and horrifying documentary about the environmental impact of natural gas drilling. The film won a Special Jury Prize last night.
Video: Spike Jonze's acclaimed short, the robot-romance 'I'm Here,' has been the subject of much dealmaking speculation this week. Here's the trailer for the film, as well as a flip book of stills from the movie.