2013 Sundance Festival Winners

These feature films won awards at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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1.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ Winner: U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Winner: Audience Award: U. S. Dramatic ” - balive-170-76790
 
2.
Blood Brother (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Documentarian visits best friend in India to see the mutual unconditional love that keeps his buddy bonded to a village hostel housing AIDS-afflicted children. (92 mins.)
Director: Steve Hoover
“ Winner: U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Winner: Audience Award: U.S. Documentary ” - balive-170-76790
 
3.
Jiseul (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
“ Winner: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic ” - balive-170-76790
 
4.
A River Changes Course (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
"We've worked so hard on this land," says Sav Samourn. "And now they've come to destroy it all. Sooner... (83 mins.)
Director: Kalyanee Mam
“ Winner: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary ” - balive-170-76790
 
5.
Metro Manila (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines... (115 mins.)
Director: Sean Ellis
“ Winner: Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic ” - balive-170-76790
 
6.
The Square (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience. (108 mins.)
Director: Jehane Noujaim
“ Winner: Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary ” - balive-170-76790
 
7.
This Is Martin Bonner (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Martin Bonner has just moved to Nevada from the East Coast, leaving behind his two adult children and a life he spent more than two decades building. (83 mins.)
Director: Chad Hartigan
“ Winner: Audience Award: Best of NEXT ” - balive-170-76790
 
8.
Afternoon Delight (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable stay-at-home mom. Frustrated with the realities of preschool auctions... (98 mins.)
Director: Jill Soloway
“ Winner: Directing Award: U. S. Dramatic ” - balive-170-76790
 
9.
Cutie and the Boxer (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. (82 mins.)
“ Winner: Directing Award: U. S. Documentary ” - balive-170-76790
 
10.
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
As Jamie travels in Chile, he invites an eccentric woman to join his group's quest to score a fabled hallucinogen, a move that finds him at odds with his new companion, until they drink the magic brew on a beach at the edge of the desert. (98 mins.)
“ Winner: Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic ” - balive-170-76790
 
11.
The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A filmmaker puts out a casting call for young adults, aged 15- to 23. The director wants to make a film about growing up in her home country... (97 mins.)
“ Winner: Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary ” - balive-170-76790
 
12.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. (96 mins.)
Director: David Lowery
“ Winner: Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic ” - balive-170-76790
 
13.
Mother of George (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child - a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dosunmu
“ Winner: Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic ” - balive-170-76790
 
14.
Dirty Wars (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. (87 mins.)
Director: Rick Rowley
“ Winner: Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary ” - balive-170-76790
 
15.
Lasting (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
An idyllic summer job holiday in Spain suddenly turns traumatic for a couple of young Polish students in love. (95 mins.)
Director: Jacek Borcuch
“ Winner: Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic ” - balive-170-76790
 
16.
Who is Dayani Cristal? (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for identity leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo. (85 mins.)
Director: Marc Silver
“ Winner: Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary ” - balive-170-76790
 
17.
Inequality for All (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. (89 mins.)
Director: Jacob Kornbluth
“ Winner: U. S. Documentary Special Jury award for Achievement in Filmmaking ” - balive-170-76790
 
18.
American Promise (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons. (135 mins.)
“ Winner: U. S. Documentary Special Jury award for Achievement in Filmmaking ” - balive-170-76790
 
19.
Upstream Color (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. (96 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
“ Winner: U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Sound Design Shane Carruth & Johnny Marshall ” - balive-170-76790
 
20.
Circles (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Five people are affected by a tragic heroic act. 12 years later, each of them will have to confront the past... (112 mins.)
Director: Srdan Golubovic
“ Winner: World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award ” - balive-170-76790
 
21.
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral... (88 mins.)
“ Winner: World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit ” - balive-170-76790
 
22.
Gideon's Army (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up. (96 mins.)
Director: Dawn Porter
“ Winner: Editing Award: U. S. Documentary ” - balive-170-76790
 
23.
The Summit (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2. (95 mins.)
Director: Nick Ryan
“ Winner: Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary ” - balive-170-76790
 
24.
In a World... (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé. (93 mins.)
Director: Lake Bell
“ Winner: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic ” - balive-170-76790
 
25.
Wajma, an Afghan Love Story (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
It's snowing in Kabul, and gregarious waiter Mustafa charms a pretty student named Wajma. The pair begins a clandestine relationship... (85 mins.)
Director: Barmak Akram
“ Winner: Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic ” - balive-170-76790
 
26.
Computer Chess (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bujalski
“ Winner: Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize ” - balive-170-76790
 
27.
Escape from Tomorrow (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father's sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday. (90 mins.)
Director: Randy Moore
“ Okay, this didn't actually win an official award but it was one of the more talked about films since it was shot under-the-radar inside Disney theme parks. ” - balive-170-76790