The Jury of the American competition awarded its highest distinction to the horror thriller Nanny, the first feature film by Sierra Leonean director Nikyatu Jusu. See the full list.
The 38th Sundance American Independent Film Festival unveiled its awards last night, awarding the Grand Prix of the US competition to the fantastic and horrifying film Nanny, first directed by Nikyatu Jusu.
Nanny tells how Aisha, an undocumented nanny played by Anna Diop, cares for a privileged child on New York’s Upper East Side. As she prepares for the arrival of the son she left behind in West Africa, a supernatural presence invades her daily life, threatening the American dream she has painstakingly built.
Audiences at the American competition fell in love with Cha Cha Real Smooth starring Dakota Johnson, the relationship between a bar mitzvah host and a young mother and her autistic daughter. The film is an AppleTV+ production which does not yet have a French broadcast date.
It should be noted that a French co-production won the Grand Prize in the international dramatic competition: Utama by Alejandro Loayza Grisi, which follows the daily life of a couple of old Quechuas whose husband hides from his wife that he has an incurable disease and refuses to migrate to the city.
Here is the winners of the 2022 edition:
AMERICAN DRAMA COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize – Nanny of Nikyatu Jusu
Audience award – Cha Cha Real Smooth by Cooper Raiff
Best Direction Award – Jamie Dack for Palm Trees and Power Lines
Best Screenplay Award – KD Davila for Emergency
Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast – 892.
Special Jury Prize for Uncompromising Vision – Bradley Rust Gray for Blood
INTERNATIONAL DRAMA COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize – utama ofAlejandro Loayza Grisi (Bolivia/Ukraine/France)
Audience award – Girl Picture by Alli Haapasalo (Finland)
Best Direction Award – Maryna Er Gorbach for Klondike (Ukraine/Turkey)
Special Jury Prize: spirit of innovation – Leonor Will Never Die by Martika Ramirez Escobar (Philippines)
Special Jury Prize: interpretation – Teresa Sánchez from Dos Estaciones (Mexico)
AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize – Navalny by Daniel Roher
Audience award – The Exiles by Ben Klein and Violet Columbus
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize – The Territory (Brazil/Denmark/USA) by Alex Pritz
Audience award – All That Breathes (India/Great Britain) by Shaunak Sen
FESTIVAL FAVORITE PRIZE
Navalny by Daniel Roher
For the rest of the list, go to Festival website.