Sundance Film Festival 2011 – Awards & Wrap-Up

Paul Rudd in 'My Idiot Brother'

As increasingly important as the Sundance Film Festival has become, I still find myself getting easily distracted by Awards season events every time it comes around. There may have been coverage about the eventual 2012 Best Picture winner, but I missed it in the hub-bub of Oscar nominations, guild awards, and precursor coverage. I thought I would fix my neglectfulness with one final post about the 2011 Festival including highlights from all of the lucky people who were in attendance.

DISTRIBUTION DEALS

  • The Big Bang was picked up by Fox Searchlight to be released in the Summer of 2011.
  • Homework was picked up by Fox Searchlight to be released in 2011.
  • Like Crazy was picked up by Paramount with a TBA release date.
  • Margin Call was picked up by Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate with a TBA release date.
  • My Idiot Brother was picked up by The Weinstein Company with a TBA release date.
  • The Ledge was picked up by IFC with a TBA release date.
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene was picked up by Fox Searchlight to be released in 2011.
  • Salvation Boulevard was picked up by IFC with a TBA release date.
  • Project Nim was picked up by HBO Documentary Films/Roadside Attractions with a TBA release date.
  • The Last Mountain was picked up by Dada Films to be released on June 3rd, 2011.

REVIEWS

  • Drew McWeeny says that Cedar Rapids is a little soft, but it means well. [HitFix]
  • Apparently the Al Pacino/Katie Holmes drama The Son of No One was so bad that people booed and left the theatre. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut Higher Ground is apparently quite strong. [Film School Rejects]
  • This year’s big winner, Like Crazy, is being described as a familiar story, but still well-made. [The Playlist]

LISTS FROM THE FESTIVAL

  • Take Shelter, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and The Future top the criticWIRE poll of the best narrative features of Sundance. [indieWIRE]
  • Five actors/actresses to watch that emerged at the Sundance Film Festival. [Deadline]
  • Five more actors/actresses to watch. [indieWIRE]

VIDEO CLIPS

  • Paul Rudd in a clip from My Idiot Brother. [HitFix]
  • Three clips from the Sundance winner Like Crazy. [Movieline]

THE AWARDS

Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic:
Like Crazy

Grand Jury Prize, Documentary:
How To Die In Oregon

World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic:
Happy, Happy

World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary:
Hell and Back Again

Dramatic Audience Award:
Circumstance

Documentary Audience Award:
Buck

World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award:
Kinyarwanda

World Cinema Documentary Audience Award:
Senna

See the rest of the Awards at indieWIRE.

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