I am pleased to report that “Dina” (Puerto Rico), directed by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini (the directors of Mala Mala) won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, which just ended this weekend in Utah. The film centers on the relationship of a couple with special needs. Another winner that will certainly interest our readers is Chasing Coral (United States), directed by Jeff Orlowski; this documentary is about the declining state of coral reefs around the world. Variety reports:
[. . .] Offering a freshly humanist spin on non-fiction filmmaking, Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s “Dina” is a portrait of an unconventional romance between characters who “were called different” since birth. As co-director Santini put it, “Dan and me just wanted to make a film where we celebrate others’ differences.” [. . .]
The U.S. documentary audience award went to “Chasing Coral,” a movie about the declining state of coral reefs around the world. “We don’t want to make these films. This is not something we are choosing to do; this is something we are having to do,” said director Jeff Orlowski (who previously won a Sundance cinematography prize for his film “Chasing Ice”).
Here are descriptions from FirstShowing.net:
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to: Dina (Directors: Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini) — An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door-greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story.
The Audience Award: U.S. Documentary, was presented to: Chasing Coral (Director: Jeff Orlowski) — Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
For Variety article, see http://variety.com/2017/film/news/sundance-film-festival-award-winners-patti-cakes-2017-1201972314/
For article in Spanish, focusing on “Dina,” see http://www.elnuevodia.com/entretenimiento/cine/nota/unpuertorriquenoganaenelfestivaldesundance-2285908/