Sundance 2012 Daily Blog: Day 11

Total Film has packed our bags and is saying goodbye to Park City, as we start the long journey back home.

Last night we attended the Sundance 2012 Jury Awards ceremony, furiously picking at the finger food (the breaded risotto balls were particularly tasty) as the prizes were called out.

And the major winners were:

Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
The House I Live In (dir. Eugene Jarecki)

Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Beasts Of The Southern Wild (dir. Benh Zeitlin)

World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary
The Law In These Parts (dir. Ra'anan Alexandrowicz)

World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic
Violeta Went To Heaven (dir. Andrés Wood)

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary
The Invisible War (dir. Kirby Dick)

Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic
The Surrogate (dir. Ben Lewin)

World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary
Searching For Sugar Man (dir. Malik Bendjelloul)

World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic
Valley Of Saints (dir. Musa Syeed)

TF was pleased to see some of our favourites (namely, Beasts Of The Southern Wild and The Surrogate ) pick up gongs, but there were some notable omissions: we would have liked to see Wish You Were Here , Simon Killer and The Imposter getting some Jury love, too.

Still, Brit flick My Brother The Devil nabbed a well-deserved prize for its stunning cinematography, while John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and co won a special Ensemble Acting award for big-hearted dramedy The Surrogate (looks like our Oscars 2013 prediction might not be too far off the mark).

After all that excitement, it was time to hit the bar – and a good night was had by all.

So, with Sundance over for another year, that’s it from us for now - look out for our full festival report in the next issue of Total Film.

Until next time, stay chilly Utah…

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