Like Crazy wins top prize at Sundance Film Festival
- 30 January 2011
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
Like Crazy, a film about a long-distance relationship directed by Drake Doremus, has been awarded the grand jury prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Felicity Jones, who starred in the movie, received the special jury prize for acting in the movie.
Peter D Richardson's film How To Die In Oregon won the grand jury US documentary prize.
Mike Cahill and Brit Marling's Another Earth was also recognised at the event.
The science-fiction film, about two strangers who are brought together the night before the discovery of a duplicate planet Earth, won a dramatic special jury prize and the Alfred P Sloan trophy.
Cahill, who directed and co-wrote the movie, said: "This is the greatest week of our lives."
Doremus paid tribute to his parents "for believing in love, and teaching me that love is important so I can make this movie one day".
He added: "This movie is about love, and love never dying, being with you for the rest of your life. Your first love will never leave you and mine didn't and is here with me tonight."
How To Die In Oregon explores the reality of euthanasia as it follows several terminally ill patients in their final months and days of their lives.
Its director Peter Richardson dedicated his prize to the "extraordinary individuals who allowed me to enter their life, document their life during the last four years. This award is for you and because of you."
Anne Sewitsky's Happy, Happy, was named the winner of the best foreign drama prize and the award for best foreign documentary went to Hell And Back Again.
Tim Blake Nelson, who appeared in the film Flypaper, which premiered at the festival, presented the awards ceremony in the ski resort of Park City.
"If you win a prize today, that's fantastic," he told the audience.
"But if you don't, persevere because if you have made it this far, trust me, your film will find a home."
It was the 30th anniversary of the festival, which was founded by actor Robert Redford to promote independent filmmaking.
Last year Winter's Bone won the top prize. It has since been nominated in four categories including best film for this year's Oscars.