Powerful drama about gay conversion therapy wins top prize at Sundance

2018-01-29 12:48
 

 

Los Angeles - The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a powerful drama about the real-life controversial practice of gay conversion therapy, came away with the top prize as the Sundance Film Festival wrapped on Saturday.

Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, it delighted and shocked audiences at its world premiere in the Utah mountains with its story of a teenage girl forced into therapy after being caught having a sexual encounter with the prom queen.

"On behalf of the entire Cameron Post team we want to dedicate this to the LGBTQ survivors of sexual conversion therapy," said Moretz.

"We just wanted to make this movie to shine a light onto the fact that it is only illegal in nine states out of the 50 states in this country to practice sexual conversion therapy."

(Cast members from left, Forrest Goodluck, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Sasha Lane. AP)

Its director, Desiree Akhavan had pre-recorded an acceptance speech for the grand jury prize in Sundance's "US dramatic competition" section but it could not be played on a night beset by technical difficulties.

Kailash, about one man's crusade to end child slavery, won best US documentary while the US dramatic audience award - the second prize to the grand jury award - went to Andrew Heckler's Burden.

The US documentary directing prize went to Alexandria Bombach for On Her Shoulders, - a portrait of a Yazidi girl who survived sexual slavery at the hands of the Islamic State group - while the US documentary audience award went to The Sentence.

Butterflies came away with the grand jury prize for world drama while Of Fathers and Sons, a study of jihadi radicalisation in the home, from celebrated Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki, won the world cinema documentary competition.

The Sundance Film Festival, founded by actor Robert Redford, is considered a showcase for independent and documentary films, and festival winners often go on to receive critical acclaim and Hollywood awards season glory.

US DRAMA

Grand Jury Prize: "The Miseducation of Cameron Post"

Audience Award: "Burden"

Directing: Sara Colangelo, "The Kindergarten Teacher"

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Christina Choe, "Nancy"

Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature: Reinaldo Marcus Green, "Monsters and Men"

Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking: Reed Morano, "I Think We're Alone Now"

Special Jury Award for Acting: Benjamin Dickey, "Blaze"

US DOCUMENTARY

Grand Jury Prize: "Kailash"

Audience Award: "The Sentence"

Directing: Alexandria Bombach, "On Her Shoulders"

Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking: "Crime + Punishment"

Special Jury Award for Creative Vision: "Hale County This Morning, This Evening"

Special Jury Award for Storytelling: "Three Identical Strangers"

Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking: "Minding the Gap"


WORLD CINEMA DRAMA 

Grand Jury Prize: "Butterflies"

Audience Award: "The Guilty"

Directing Award: Isold Uggadottir, "And Breathe Normally"

Special Jury Award for Acting: Valeria Bertuccelli, "The Queen of Fear"

Special Jury Award for Screenwriting: Julio Chavezmontes and Sebastian Hofmann, "Time Share"

Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting: "Dead Pigs"

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY 

Grand Jury Prize: "Of Fathers and Sons"

Audience Award: "This is Home"

Directing Award: Sandi Tan, "Shirkers"

Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling: Steven Loveridge, "M.I.A."

Special Jury Award for Editing: "Our New President"

Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Maxim Arbugaev, Peter Indergand "Genesis 2.0"

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