After ten days of premieres, the Sundance Film Festival wrapped up with its awards ceremony Saturday night in Park City.
Birth of a Nation stood out as the big winner, inking the biggest purchase deal in the history of the festival and taking home top prizes. Below, you can see a list of other big purchases and a full list of award winners from the ceremony.
Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight)
Nate Parker’s bold directorial debut, which borrows its name from D.W. Griffith’s controversial classic, set a new Sundance record with its $17.5 million purchase from Fox Searchlight. The film, which Parker also wrote, produced, and acts in has sparked positive chatter from critics and viewers, and is being heralded as confident, groundbreaking cinema.
Swiss Army Man (A24)
Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinart’s comedy-drama Swiss Army Man has been befuddling audiences in a generally positive way with its odd premise: Paul Dano’s Hank, stranded on an island, finds company in Daniel Radcliffe’s Manny, a corpse which washes ashore and offers him a possible way off the island. Mary Elizabeth Winstead also stars.
Todd Solontz’s (Happiness) newest comedy has one of the most impressive casts of Sundance so far, borrowed mainly from the mumble-core variety of film: Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, and Zosia Mamet all star in the sprawling film, which follows a dachshund as he traverses the streets, inspiring various groups of people.
Manchester by the Sea (Amazon)
Kenneth Lonergan’s (Margaret) return to the director’s chair has been met with wide audience acclaim – the biggest critical standout at this year’s Sundance. The film stars Casey Affleck as an uncle forced to take care of his newly orphaned nephew (Lucas Hedges) after the child’s father dies (Kyle Chandler). It was purchased by Amazon for $10 million.
Purchased for a video-on-demand release by streaming service Netflix for a reported $5 million before the festival even began, Tallulah, a comedy-drama film reunites Juno costars Ellen Page and Allison Janney, and follows a babysitter who becomes the unlikely guardian for a neglected baby.
The Fundamentals of Caring (Netflix)
Yet another video-on-demand purchase from Netflix, for $7 million this time, Fundamentals of Caring finds Paul Rudd as a caregiver and Craig Roberts as a physically paralyzed teenager on a road trip. The film is directed by Rob Burnett, long time producer on the Late Show With David Letterman, adapted from the similarly titled book, and also stars Selena Gomez and Jennifer Ehle.
A complete list of winners from the Awards Ceremony:
U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize: The Birth of a Nation, director: Nate Parker
U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize: Weiner, directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
U.S. Dramatic Directing Award: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan – Swiss Army Man
U.S. Documentary Directing Award: Roger Ross Williams – Life, Animated
U.S. Dramatic Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Chad Hardigan – Morris from America
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance: Melanie Lynskey- The Intervention
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance: Craig Robinson – Morris in America
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance: Joe Seo – Spa Night
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award: As You Are, director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
U.S. Dramatic Audience Award: The Birth of a Nation, director: Nate Parker
U.S. Documentary Audience Award: Jim, director: Brian Oakes
US Documentary Special Jury Award for Verity Filmmaking: The Bad Kids, directors Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Writing: Kate Plays Christine, director Robert Greene
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking: Trapped, director: Dawn Porter
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing: Nuts, editors: Penny Lane, Thom Stylinski
World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award: Between Sea and Land, directors: Vicky Hernandéz, Manolo Cru
World Cinema Documentary Audience Award: Sonita, director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
NEXT Audience Award: First Girl I Loved
World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize: Sand Storm, director: Elite Zexer
World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award: Felix van Groeningen- Belgica
World Cinema Dramatic Special Award for Unique Vision and Design: The Lure, director Agnieszka Smoczyńska
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting: Vicky Hernandéz, Manolo Cruz – Between Sea and Land
World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize: Sonita, director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
World Cinema Documentary Directing Award: All These Sleepless Nights, director: Michal Marczak
World Cinema Documentary Special Award, Best Debut Feature: When Two Worlds Collide,directors: Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for best cinematography: The Land of the Enlightened
Featured Image: The Birth of a Nation; Fox Searchlight