Sundance Grand Jury Dramatic Prize films

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1.
Jiseul (2012)
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In 1950's, a populace of a South Korean island rebels against police brutality. The protesters are labeled as communists and the army is dispatched. One small village will be hit especially hard that day. Based on historical events. (108 mins.)
Director: Meul O
 
2.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
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The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. (85 mins.)
Director: Ryan Coogler
 
3.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
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Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
 
4.
Violeta Went to Heaven (2011)
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A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes. (110 mins.)
Director: Andrés Wood
 
5.
Like Crazy (2011)
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A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. (86 mins.)
Director: Drake Doremus
 
6.
Happy, Happy (2010)
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Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living... (85 mins.)
Director: Anne Sewitsky
 
7.
Winter's Bone (2010)
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An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
 
8.
Precious (2009)
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In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
 
9.
Frozen River (2008)
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Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec... (97 mins.)
Director: Courtney Hunt
 
10.
Sangre de mi sangre (2007)
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A Mexican boy smuggles himself to Brooklyn to meet his long-lost father - only to have his identity stolen upon arrival by an impostor who seeks to steal the fathers' fortune. (110 mins.)
 
11.
Quinceañera (2006)
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As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin. (90 mins.)
 
12.
Forty Shades of Blue (2005)
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A Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock-'n'-roll legend experiences a personal awakening when her husband's estranged son comes to visit. (108 mins.)
Director: Ira Sachs
 
13.
Primer (2004)
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Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention. (77 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
 
14.
American Splendor (2003)
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An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar. (101 mins.)
 
15.
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
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This is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman... (90 mins.)
 
16.
The Believer (2001)
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A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter. (98 mins.)
Director: Henry Bean
 
17.
Three Seasons (1999)
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An American in Ho Chi Minh City looks for a daughter he fathered during the war. He meets Woody, a child who's a street vendor... (113 mins.)
Director: Tony Bui
 
18.
Slam (1998)
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Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City... (100 mins.)
Director: Marc Levin
 
19.
Hurricane Streets (1997)
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Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens... (86 mins.)
 
20.
Love Jones (1997)
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Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer... (104 mins.)
 
21.
Sunday (1997)
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This film concerns two mysterious characters who meet on a Sunday in Queens. Madeleine the most unsettling... (91 mins.)
 
22.
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
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An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey. (88 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
23.
The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)
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This film is based on a true story about a British teenager who allegedly poisoned family, friends, and co-workers... (99 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Ross
 
24.
The Brothers McMullen (1995)
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Three Irish Catholic brothers from Long Island struggle to deal with love, marriage, and infidelity. (98 mins.)
Director: Edward Burns
 
25.
What Happened Was... (1994)
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This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm... (91 mins.)
Director: Tom Noonan
 
26.
Public Access (1993)
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Brewster seems to be an almost too perfect example of idyllic small-town America, with everyone living in peace and harmony... (90 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
27.
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
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Ruby, a young woman, arrives in a Florida resort town during the off season to make a fresh start. She... (114 mins.)
Director: Victor Nunez
 
28.
In the Soup (1992)
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A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the... (93 mins.)
 
29.
Poison (1991)
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Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away... (85 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
30.
Chameleon Street (1989)
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William Douglas Street is bored with his life. Working for his father is getting to him, his wife wants more money... (94 mins.)
 
31.
True Love (1989)
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Donna and Michael are getting married. But first, they have to plan the reception, get the tux, buy the rings... (104 mins.)
Director: Nancy Savoca
 
32.
Heat and Sunlight (1987)
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Over 16 hours, in February, 1987, a man confronts jealously and rage as a love affair falters. Photojournalist... (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Nilsson
 
33.
The Trouble with Dick (1986)
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Sci-Fi author is plagued by his publisher's demands to add more sex to his new novel, sexual advances of his girl's sexy best friend and her daughter and hallucinations in which the novel's hero faces desert parasites and alien vixens. (86 mins.)
Director: Gary Walkow
 
34.
American Playhouse (1981 TV Series)
Episode: Waiting for the Moon (1987)
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Sundance prizewinner. Fictionalized portrait of one of history's great literary couples: Stein & Toklas...
 
35.
Smooth Talk (1985)
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A free-spirited 15-year-old girl flirts with a dangerous stranger in the Northern California suburbs and must prepare herself for the frightening and traumatic consequences. (92 mins.)
Director: Joyce Chopra
 
36.
Blood Simple. (1984)
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A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
37.
Old Enough (1984)
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Twelve-year-old, well-bred Lonnie meets the impudent Karen on the street. They spend some time together... (92 mins.)
Director: Marisa Silver