Sundance Film Festival Honors Sebastian Junger's ‘Restrepo’

February 16th, 2010

Arts Briefly
Sundance Honors ‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘Restrepo’

Published: January 31, 2010

The Sundance Film Festival’s grand jury prize in the United States dramatic competition was given to the bleak movie “Winter’s Bone” on Saturday night, while the war picture “Restrepo,” above, won the grand jury prize for a domestic documentary. The actor David Hyde Pierce presented the awards in Park City, Utah. Directed by Debra Granik, “Winter’s Bone” centers on a girl from the Ozarks who tries to keep her family together while tracking down her meth-dealing father. (Roadside Attractions bought its North American distribution rights.)

In “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger spent a year with one platoon in what is billed as the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. While the juried awards are the serious ones, the audience prizes — given to the comedy “HappyThankYouMorePlease” and the documentary “Waiting for Superman” — are better indicators of commercial success. In “HappyThankYouMorePlease,” directed by Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”), six New Yorkers juggle love and friendship.

Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman” is a searing indictment of public education in the United States. BROOKS BARNES

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