More than a month after taking the top prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Chinonye Chukwu
’s Grand Jury Prize-winning drama “Clemency
” has finally landed itself a home. Variety reports that Neon will release the lauded new film later this year, joining Neon’s other big Sundance pickups, including “Luce
,” “Little Monsters
,” “The Lodge
,” and yet another Grand Jury Prize winner: Tamara Kotevska
and Ljubomir Stefanov
,” which won in the world documentary section.
Chukwu is the first black woman to win the festival’s biggest prize, the Grand Jury Prize for her U.S. Dramatic entry. Chukwu both wrote and directed the death row drama, which stars Alfre Woodard
as a prison warden struggling with the emotional demands of her job. The film will next screen as the opening night selection of New York City’s upcoming New Directors/New Films festival.