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Sundance 2021 Awards: ‘CODA,’ Questlove’s ‘Summer time of Soul’ Top Winners

The 2021 Sundance Movie Pageant concluded Tuesday night time with a digital awards ceremony, honoring “CODA” — a household drama centered on a highschool pupil who’s the kid of deaf adults (therefore the title) — with 4 prizes within the U.S. Dramatic Competitors class: the grand jury prize, the directing prize, the viewers award and a particular jury prize for finest ensemble.

It’s the first movie in Sundance historical past to win all three high prizes within the U.S. Dramatic class.

“I hope that this opens the door to folks getting that audiences need to see these sorts of tales,” director Siân Heder mentioned whereas accepting the viewers award. “And I hope that because of this extra tales that middle deaf characters and characters with disabilities get put entrance and middle as a result of clearly folks need to reply to that.”

“CODA” already broke information at Sundance when Apple Studios picked it up for $25 million after a fierce bidding warfare following the movie’s debut on the competition’s opening night time.

“Summer time Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Might Not Be Televised),” the characteristic documentary directed by the Roots frontman Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, received each the grand jury and viewers awards within the U.S. Documentary Competitors class. Drawing from archival footage that had been hidden in a basement for over 50 years, Thompson recreated the Harlem Cultural Pageant, an enormous music occasion celebrating African American music that 300,000 attended in the summertime of 1969.

All of Sundance’s opening night time movies took dwelling high prizes, in reality: “Flee,” a largely animated documentary concerning the life of a homosexual Afghan refugee, earned the grand jury prize within the World Cinema Documentary Competitors class; and “One for the Street,” a buddy street film about two buddies touring by way of Thailand, earned a particular jury prize for artistic imaginative and prescient within the World Cinema Dramatic Competitors class.

The largest winner within the World Cinema Dramatic Competitors, nevertheless, was “Hive,” which, like “CODA,” additionally earned the grand jury prize, viewers award, and directing award — one other Sundance first. From director Blerta Basholli, the movie follows a single mom struggling to outlive after her husband disappeared in the course of the warfare in Kosovo.

“This actually, actually means quite a bit … to all the ladies who actually wanted their voice to be heard, at Sundance and all over the place on the planet,” mentioned a tearful Basholli whereas accepting the grand jury prize. “That is manner, manner an excessive amount of for me to deal with.”

The NEXT class awarded the viewers award to “My Belle, My Magnificence,” concerning the sudden reunion of two girls in France who was once polyamorous lovers; and the innovator award to the animated fantasy “Cryptozoo.”

Underlining the competition’s dedication to increasing alternatives for illustration behind the digicam, three of the 4 directing winners this 12 months have been girls.

Comic Patton Oswalt hosted the occasion – “or as I’m recognized at Sundance, low cost Giamatti,” he joked when opening the present. Oswalt stored the ceremony shifting at a brisk clip, pivoting from a collection of one liners about Sundance luminaries to a collection of pre-recorded distant shows.

The digital ceremony allowed for acceptance speeches that have been uncommonly private and poignant. Heder accepted her directing prize in her dwelling, filmed by her husband and along with her two youngsters at her facet popping a confetti bomb. Questlove expressed complete disbelief at his two prizes whereas in a automobile on his method to his day job at “The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Theo Anthony accepted the U.S. Documentary Competitors particular jury award for nonfiction experimentation for “All Gentle, In every single place” — concerning the ideas of notion and objectivity in a world of fixed cameras and surveillance — whereas strolling his canine in snowbound Brooklyn, New York.

In the identical class, Natalia Almada went to a San Francisco drive-in to just accept her directing prize for her movie “Customers,” concerning the relationship of dad and mom and kids to know-how. And filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh celebrated the World Cinema Documentary viewers award for his or her movie “Writing With Fireplace,” about India’s sole newspaper run by Dalit girls, by displaying their households reacting to the information.

As with so many different dwell occasions, the COVID-19 pandemic pressured Sundance to radically alter the way it performed the 2021 competition, which historically unfolds over 10 days in Park Metropolis, Utah. As an alternative, the total competition this 12 months is working for six days, and together with screenings in Park Metropolis, the competition has hosted screenings just about, in addition to at drive-ins, arthouse theaters and cultural establishments throughout all the nation, together with in Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio, New York, Texas and Puerto Rico.

The total record of winners are beneath:


Grand Jury Prize: “CODA”

Viewers Award: “CODA”

Directing: Siân Heder, “CODA”

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch, “On the Rely of Three”

Particular Jury Award for Finest Actor: Clifton Collins Jr., “Jockey”

Particular Jury Award for Finest Ensemble: The forged of “CODA” (Emilia Jones, Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant, and Marlee Matlin)


Grand Jury Prize: “Summer time Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Might Not Be Televised)”

Viewers Award: “Summer time Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Might Not Be Televised)”

Directing: Natalia Almada, “Customers”

Jonathan Oppenheim Modifying Award: Kristina Motwani and Rebecca Adorno, “Homeroom”

Particular Jury Award for Rising Filmmaker: Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt, “Cusp”

Particular Jury Award for Nonfiction Experimentation: Theo Anthony, “All Gentle, In every single place”


Grand Jury Prize: “Hive”

Viewers Award: “Hive”

Directing Award: Blerta Basholli, “Hive”

Particular Jury Award for Performing: Jesmark Scicluna, “Luzzu”

Particular Jury Award for Artistic Imaginative and prescient: “One for the Street,” Baz Poonpiriya


Grand Jury Prize: “Flee”

Viewers Award: “Writing With Fireplace”

Directing Award: Hogir Hirori, “Sabaya”

Particular Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking: Camilla Nielsson, “President”

Particular Jury Award for Influence for Change: Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh, “Writing With Fireplace”


NEXT Viewers Award: Marion Hill, “My Belle, My Magnificence”

NEXT Innovator Award: Sprint Shaw (director), Jane Samborski (animation director), “Cryptozoo”

Alfred P. Sloan Characteristic Movie Prize: Alexis Gambis, “Son of Monarchs”

Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award for Narrative Options: Natalie Qasabian, “Run”

Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award for Documentary Options: Nicole Salazar, “Philly D.A.”

Sundance Institute NHK Award: Meryam Joobeur, “Motherhood”

Sundance Institute/Adobe Mentorship Award for Modifying Nonfiction: Juli Vizza,

Sundance Institute/Adobe Mentorship Award for Modifying Fiction: Terilyn Shropshire.

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