Poll: 2015 Sundance Winners - which do you want to see most?
Full-length films only. Discuss the list here
Poll by: yrnej
Created Feb 10 2015
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
US Dramatic: Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award - Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Cast: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon. Greg is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But both his anonymity and friendship threaten to unravel when his mother forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia.
The Witch (2015)
US Dramatic: Directing Award - Director: Robert Eggers. Cast: Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger. New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
US Dramatic: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize - Writer: Tim Talbott. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Cast: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby. Based on the actual events that took place in 1971, when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
US Dramatic: Special Jury Award - Excellence in Cinematography - Director of Photography: Brandon Tost. Cast: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig. Minnie Goetze is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of the 1970s in San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl. Oh, except that she’s sleeping with her mother’s boyfriend.
US Dramatic: Special Jury Award - Excellence in Editing - Editor: Lee Haugen. Cast: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky. Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.
US Dramatic: Special Jury Award - Collaborative Vision - Director and co-writer: Jennifer Phang. Co-writer: Jacqueline Kim. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim. In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world.
The Wolfpack (2015)
US Documentary: Grand Jury Prize - Director: Crystal Moselle. Six bright teenage brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in a Manhattan housing project. All they know of the outside is gleaned from the movies they watch obsessively (and re-create meticulously). Yet as adolescence looms, they dream of escape, ever more urgently, into the beckoning world.
US Documentary: Audience Award - Directors: Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi. Three elite mountain climbers sacrifice everything but their friendship as they struggle through heartbreaking loss and nature’s harshest elements to attempt the never-before-completed Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the most coveted first ascent in the dangerous game of Himalayan big wall climbing.
Cartel Land (2015)
US Documentary: Directing Award - Director: Matthew Heineman. Special Jury Award - Cinematography - Directors of Photography: Matthew Heineman and Matt Porwoll. In this classic western set in the twenty-first century, vigilantes on both sides of the border fight the vicious Mexican drug cartels. With unprecedented access, this character-driven film provokes deep questions about lawlessness, the breakdown of order, and whether citizens should fight violence with violence.
3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (2015)
US Documentary: Special Jury Award - Social Impact - Director: Marc Silver. On November 23, 2012, unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis was shot at a Jacksonville gas station by Michael David Dunn. 3½ Minutes explores the aftermath of Jordan’s tragic death, the latent and often unseen effects of racism, and the contradictions of the American criminal justice system.
US Documentary: Special Jury Award - Verite Filmmaking - Directors: Bill and Turner Ross. For generations, all that distinguished Eagle Pass, Texas, from Piedras Negras, Mexico, was the Rio Grande. But when darkness descends upon these harmonious border towns, a cowboy and lawman face a new reality that threatens their way of life. Western portrays timeless American figures in the grip of unforgiving change.
US Documentary: Special Jury Award - Break Out First Feature - Directors: Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe. With unprecedented access to a covert counterterrorism sting, (T)error develops in real time, documenting the action as it unfolds on the ground. Viewers get an unfettered glimpse of the government’s counterterrorism tactics and the murky justifications behind them through the perspective of *******, a 63-year-old Black revolutionary turned FBI informant.
Slow West (2015)
World Cinema: Grand Jury Prize - Director: John Maclean. Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistorius, Rory McCann. Set at the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas, a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.
World Cinema: Audience Award - Director: Prashant Nair. Cast: Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Smita Tambe, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, Prateik Babbar. When a young village boy discovers that his brother, long believed to be in America, has actually gone missing, he begins to invent letters on his behalf to save their mother from heartbreak, all the while searching for him.
The Summer of Sangaile (2015)
World Cinema: Directing Award - Director: Alanté Kavaïté. Cast: Julija Steponaitytė, Aistė Diržiūtė. Seventeen-year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at the summer aeronautical show, near her parents’ lakeside villa. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and, in the process, finds in her teenage love, the only person that truly encourages her to fly.
World Cinema: Special Jury Award - Cinematography - Director of Photography: Germain McMicking. Cast: Vincent Cassel, Jeremy Chabriel, Florence Mezzara. Alexander is like any other kid: playful, curious and naive. He is also a trained assassin. Raised in a hidden paradise, Alexander has grown up seeing the world filtered through his father, Gregori. As Alexander begins to think for himself, creeping fears take shape, and Gregori’s idyllic world unravels.
World Cinema: Special Jury Award - Acting - Awardee: Jack Reynor. Cast: Jack Reynor, Toni Collette, Will Poulter, Michael Smiley. In a desperate attempt to reunite his broken family, a young taxi driver becomes entangled in the criminal underworld.
The Second Mother (2015)
World Cinema: Special Jury Award - Acting - Awardees: Regina Casé and Camila Márdila . Cast: Regina Casé, Michel Joelsas, Camila Márdila, Karine Teles, Lourenço Mutarelli. Having left her daughter, Jessica, to be raised by relatives in the north of Brazil, Val works as a loving nanny in São Paulo. When Jessica arrives for a visit 13 years later, she confronts her mother’s slave-like attitude and everyone in the house is affected by her unexpected behavior.
The Russian Woodpecker (2015)
World Cinema Documentary: Grand Jury Prize - Director: Chad Gracia. A Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life by revealing it, amid growing clouds of revolution and war.
Dark Horse (2015)
World Cinema Documentary: Audience Award - Director: Louise Osmond. The inspirational true story of a group of friends from a workingman’s club who decide to take on the elite “sport of kings” and breed themselves a racehorse.
World Cinema Documentary: Directing Award - Director: Kim Longinotto. Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world seen through the eyes of one of its survivors, Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community. With warmth and humor, Brenda gives hope to those who have none.
How to Change the World (2015)
World Cinema Documentary: Special Jury Award - Editing - Editor: Jim Scott. In 1971, a group of friends sails into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world’s imagination. Using rare, archival footage that brings their extraordinary world to life, How to Change the World is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.
Pervert Park (2014)
World Cinema Documentary: Special Jury Award - Impact - Directors: Frida and Lasse Barkfors. Follows the everyday lives of sex offenders in a Florida trailer park as they struggle to reintegrate into society, and try to understand who they are and how to break the cycle of sex crimes being committed.
The Chinese Mayor (2015)
World Cinema Documentary: Special Jury Award - Unparalleled Access - Director: Hao Zhou. Mayor Geng Yanbo is determined to transform the coal-mining center of Datong, in China’s Shanxi province, into a tourism haven showcasing clean energy. In order to achieve that, however, he has to relocate 500,000 residences to make way for the restoration of the ancient city.
James White (2015)
Audience Award - NEXT - Director: Josh Mond. Cast: Chris Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh, David Call. A young New Yorker struggles to take control of his reckless, self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.
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