IraSachs' intense drama Forty Shades Of Blue was named winner of the America Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and EugeneJarecki's Why We Fight was winnerof the American Documentary Grand Jury Prize as the Sundance Film Festivalwound down to a close on Saturday night.
Meanwhilein the inaugural world competition sections, Zeze Gamboa's The Hero from Angola won the World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prizeand Leonard Retel Helmrich's Shape Of The Moon from The Netherlands won the World Cinema DocumentaryGrand Jury Prize.
Audienceprizes went to Craig Brewer's Hustle And Flow (American dramatic), Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana AdamShapiro's Murderball (Americandocumentary), Susanne Bier's Brothers (World dramatic) and Peter Raymont's Shake Hands With The Devil: TheJourney Of Romeo Dallaire (Worlddocumentary).
Theprize-giving ceremony which took place in Park City after ten intense days ofworld premieres, furious cinema-going and dealmaking, was hosted by Sundancedirector Geoffrey Gilmore and director of programming John Cooper.
FortyShades Of Blue had a muted receptionthrough the week, but the jury was quick to praise the emotional film whichfollows a Russian woman (Dina Korzun) living in Memphis with a legendary musicproducer (Rip Torn) twice her age, who falls for his disillusioned son (DarrenBurrows).
NoahBaumbach's acclaimed autobiographical piece The Squid And The Whale won prizes for direction and screenwriting, while thedramatic jury bestowed special jury prizes for acting to Amy Adams in Junebug and Lou Pucci in Thumbsucker and special jury prizes for originality of vision toMiranda July for her first film Me And You And Everyone We Know and to Rian Johnson for his high school noir Brick. Amelia Vincent won the cinematography award for HustleAnd Flow.
WhyWe Fight is an examination of themilitary misadventures of the US in the last 50 years by Jarecki, whose brotherAndrew won the Grand Jury Prize in 2003 for Capturing The Friedmans.
Meanwhilea special jury prize for editing was given to Murderball edited by Geoffrey Richman and Conor O'Neill and aspecial jury prize was given to After Innocence directed by Jessica Sanders. Jeff Feuerzeig won thedirecting prize for The Devil And Daniel Johnston, while Gary Griffin won the cinematography award forThe Education Of Shelby Knox.
TheHero is a portrait of life in Angolafollowing the devastating 30-year civil war. It stars Oumar Makena Diop as asoldier who has lost his leg trying to reintegrate in society but unable tofind a job and struggling to get a prosthetic. The film weaves in other storiesof people trying to fill the missing pieces in their lives.
Specialjury prizes were given to Maren Ade's The Forest From The Trees from Germany and to Jorge Gaggero's Live-In Maid from Argentina.
ShapeOf The Moon follows threegenerations of a Christian family in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, thelargest Muslim country in the world. World documentary special jury prizes wentto Sean McAllister's The Liberace Of Baghdad from the UK and to Simone Bitton's Wall from France/Israel.
TheAmerican dramatic competition jurors were director Chris Eyre, actor VeraFarmiga, actor John C Reilly, journalist and academic B Ruby Rich and producerChristine Vachon.
TheAmerican documentary competition jurors were editor Jean-Philippe Boucicaut,director Gail Dolgin, director Steve James, director Jehane Noujaim anddirector Stacy Peralta.
TheWorld Cinema dramatic competition jurors were director Antonia Bird, ScreenInternational's Mike Goodridge and director Fernando Leon de Aranoa.
TheWorld Cinema documentary competition jurors were composer Miriam Cutler,festival director Jean Perret and director Penny Woolcock.