Sundance Winners: ‘Clemency,’ ‘One Child Nation’ Take Top Honors

Sundance Winners: ‘Clemency,’ ‘One Child Nation’ Take Top Honors

Published: February 03, 2019

The Sundance Film Festival concluded with five female directors — and one man — sharing the grand jury prizes in the four main competition categories.In U.S. dramatic competition, African-American writer-director Chinonye Chukwu won for “Clemency,” in which Alfre Woodard plays a prison warden who connects with a death-row inmate. Meanwhile, in the world dramatic category, Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir” specifically looks at the challenges and setbacks facing a young female filmmaker, who puts her directing ambitions on hold in order to deal with the drug-addicted man who monopolizes her attention.Top U.S. documentary honors went to Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s “One Child Nation,” a personal exploration of the suffering and aftermath of China’s infamous population-control policy through co-director Wang’s family. In the world documentary competition, “Honeyland” — an artful portrait of a Macedonian beekeeper struggling to protect her livelihood — was a clear favorite with the jury,...

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