Sundance Film Festival award winners 2008

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1. Sleep Dealer (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

The near future. Like tomorrow. In a world marked by closed borders, corporate warriors, and a global computer network, three strangers risk their lives to connect, break through the barriers of technology, and unseal their fates.

Director: Alex Rivera | Stars: Luis Fernando Peña, Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas, Metztli Adamina

Votes: 6,194 | Gross: $0.08M

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

2. Fuel (I) (2008)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary

50 Metascore

Director Josh Tickell takes us along for his 11 year journey around the world to find solutions to America's addiction to oil. A shrinking economy, a failing auto industry, rampant ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Tickell | Stars: Joshua Tickell, Barbara Boxer, Richard Branson, George W. Bush

Votes: 599 | Gross: $0.17M

3. The Wackness (2008)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Olivia Thirlby, Famke Janssen

Votes: 29,338 | Gross: $2.08M

4. American Teen (2008)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.

Director: Nanette Burstein | Stars: Hannah Bailey, Jake Tusing, Megan Krizmanich, Colin Clemens

Votes: 4,005 | Gross: $0.94M

5. Ballast (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A drama set in the Mississippi delta, where one man's suicide affects three people's lives.

Director: Lance Hammer | Stars: Micheal J. Smith Sr., JimMyron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail

Votes: 2,167 | Gross: $0.08M

Directing Award: Dramatic Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic

6. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

78 Metascore

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck

Votes: 4,651 | Gross: $0.06M

7. Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, Music

66 Metascore

An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself.

Director: Steven Sebring | Stars: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Oliver Ray, Tony Shanahan

Votes: 904 | Gross: $0.03M

8. Trouble the Water (2008)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning.

Directors: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin | Stars: Michael Brown, George W. Bush, Julie Chen Moonves, Ray Nagin

Votes: 1,872 | Gross: $0.52M

9. Frozen River (2008)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A mom looks for another source of income, when her husband leaves with the money meant for the new mobile home. A nearby Indian territory stretches across the border to Canada with a drivable frozen river between. Smugling?

Director: Courtney Hunt | Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 23,912 | Gross: $2.51M

10. The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo (2007)

76 min | Documentary, War

Jackson travels to remote villages in the war zones of the Congo to meet rape survivors, providing a piercing, intimate look into the struggle of their lives.

Director: Lisa F. Jackson

Votes: 158

12. Choke (2008)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

A sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death.

Director: Clark Gregg | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Kathryn Alexander

Votes: 30,718 | Gross: $2.93M

13. Captain Abu Raed (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

When an old airport janitor finds a captain's hat in the trash, he gets pulled into the lives of children in his poor neighborhood. He weaves imaginary stories of his world adventures to offer hope in the face of their harsh reality.

Director: Amin Matalqa | Stars: Nadim Sawalha, Rana Sultan, Hussein Al-Sous, Odai Qedese

Votes: 1,539

14. Re-cycle (2006)

R | 108 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A writer wants to get a glimpse of some genuine supernatural occurrences while doing research for a novel, but her experiences lead her down a dark path as she witnesses vivid hallucinations and begins to lose her grip on reality.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Angelica Lee, Soi Cheang, Ekin Cheng, Lawrence Chou

Votes: 4,655

15. Durakovo: Village of Fools (2008)

90 min | Documentary

Russian nationalism percolates in a castle outside Moscow, where Mikhail Morozov rules autonomously over young initiates, laying the groundwork for a rapidly growing right-wing movement.

Director: Nino Kirtadze

Votes: 77

16. Mermaid (2007)

115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In Moscow, a young woman disappears after falling in love with a new man.

Director: Anna Melikyan | Stars: Mariya Shalayeva, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Mariya Sokova, Anastasiya Dontsova

Votes: 3,047

17. The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins (2008)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, Drama

Vanessa Beecroft is obsessively determined to adopt Sudanese twin orphans. Her consuming passion drives her marriage to a breaking point and fuels her controversial art, raising troubling ... See full summary »

Director: Pietra Brettkelly | Stars: Matthu Placek, Vanessa Beecroft, Jeffrey Deitch, Greg Durkin

Votes: 74

18. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

89 Metascore

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 50,248 | Gross: $2.96M

19. The King of Ping Pong (2008)

107 min | Drama

Rille, an ostracized and bullied teenager, who only excels in the ping pong room, descends into a life-and-death struggle with his younger, more popular brother when the truth about their father surfaces during their spring break.

Director: Jens Jonsson | Stars: Jerry Johansson, Hampus Johansson, Georgi Staykov, Ann-Sofie Nurmi

Votes: 1,171

20. I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster (2007)

113 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Told in four vignettes, this existential comedy relates the exploits of four aspiring criminals who hope to improve their lot, but find that they might not have what it takes for a life of crime.

Director: Samuel Benchetrit | Stars: Anna Mouglalis, Edouard Baer, Jean Rochefort, Laurent Terzieff

Votes: 1,884

21. Blue Eyelids (2007)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

Marina wins a paradise vacation for two, but when she realizes that she has no one to bring along, she decides to invite a stranger named Victor. The pair soon discovers that true love depends more on compatibility rather than idyllic scenery.

Director: Ernesto Contreras | Stars: Cecilia Suárez, Enrique Arreola, Magali Boysselle, Armando Casas

Votes: 663



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