Australian film takes top prize at Sundance


The winners of this year’s Sundance Film Festival have been announced, with Australian film Animal Kingdom taking one of the top prizes.

The David Michôd directed crime drama, which stars Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton and Jackie Weaver, won the World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic.

You can read more about Animal Kingdom here. It will hit Australian cinemas May 6th.

Another big winner was the American drama Winter’s Bone, which was written and directed by Debra Granik. The film tells the story of a young woman trying to find her missing father. The film picked up the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic as well as the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.

The Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s doco Restrepo, which examines a year in the life of U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

The Audience Award: Dramatic went to happythankyoumoreplease, a Woody Allen-esque romantic comedy written and directed by How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor.

Another winner selected by the audience was the documentary Waiting For Superman by Davis Guggenheim. The film focuses on the public education crisis in America. It was also the first film to pick up distribution following its premiere at the festival.

You can check out the rest of the winners here.

Last year’s winners included the Precious, An Education and The Cove, all of which are now big-time Oscar contenders.

Discuss: Which of these films are you most looking forward to catching in cinemas?

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