Sundance Film Festival award winners 2016

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1. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Director: Nate Parker | Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 19,436 | Gross: $15.86M

Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Audience Award: Dramatic

2. Swiss Army Man (2016)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

64 Metascore

A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero

Votes: 100,809 | Gross: $4.21M

3. Morris from America (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.

Director: Chad Hartigan | Stars: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Patrick Güldenberg

Votes: 4,946 | Gross: $0.09M

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance Craig Robinson

4. As You Are (2016)

110 min | Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

Set in the early 1990's, "As You Are" is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.

Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte | Stars: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti

Votes: 1,911

5. Spa Night (2016)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A closeted Korean-American teenager takes a job at a Korean spa to help his struggling family, only to discover an underground world of gay sex at the spa that both scares and excites him.

Director: Andrew Ahn | Stars: Joe Seo, Youn Ho Cho, Haerry Kim, Topher Park

Votes: 1,017 | Gross: $0.04M

6. The Intervention (I) (2016)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.

Director: Clea DuVall | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Skylar Bernon, Kira Pozehl

Votes: 5,555 | Gross: $0.03M

7. Weiner (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.

Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg | Stars: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Jordan Zain Weiner, Barbara Morgan

Votes: 9,479 | Gross: $1.61M

8. Life, Animated (2016)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

Director: Roger Ross Williams | Stars: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Cornelia Suskind, Walter Suskind

Votes: 5,481 | Gross: $0.24M

9. Nuts! (I) (2016)

Unrated | 79 min | Documentary, Animation

82 Metascore

The mostly true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire with his goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Gene Tognacci, Andy Boswell, John Causby, Kelly Mizell

Votes: 708

10. Trapped (XVII) (2016)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

A man struggles to survive after he unintentionally locks himself up in a high rise devoid of food, water and electricity.

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane | Stars: Rajkummar Rao, Geetanjali Thapa, Shiladitya Sen, Rahul Patel

Votes: 9,337

11. Kate Plays Christine (2016)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

Actress Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to portray the role of Christine Chubbuck, a real-life news reporter who took her own life on local Florida television in 1974.

Director: Robert Greene | Stars: Steven C. Bovio, Christine Chubbuck, Stephanie Coatney, Michael Ray Davis

Votes: 902

12. The Bad Kids (2016)

101 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A group of teachers at a Mojave Desert high school take an unconventional approach to improve the lives of their struggling students.

Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe | Stars: Vonda Viland, Julia Alexander, Laura Ambrosius, Robert Bartz

Votes: 573 | Gross: $0.00M

13. Sand Storm (2016)

87 min | Drama

74 Metascore

When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.

Director: Elite Zexer | Stars: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari, Khadija Al Akel

Votes: 2,803 | Gross: $0.08M

14. Belgica (2016)

127 min | Drama

63 Metascore

The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium's nightlife scene.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Stefaan De Winter, Dominique Van Malder

Votes: 3,977

15. Between Land and Sea (2016)

87 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

A year in the ever changing life of an Atlantic surf town.

Director: Ross Whitaker | Stars: Shane Dorian, John McCarthy, Ollie O'Flaherty, Fergal Smith

Votes: 41

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic

16. My Friend from the Park (2015)

86 min | Drama

Running away from a bar without paying the bill is just the first adventure for Liz (mother to newborn Nicanor) and Rosa (supposed mother to newborn Clarisa). This budding friendship ... See full summary »

Director: Ana Katz | Stars: Julieta Zylberberg, Andrés Milicich, Mirella Pascual, Tomás Newkirk

Votes: 252

17. The Lure (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters are adopted into a cabaret. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city.

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska | Stars: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka

Votes: 5,979 | Gross: $0.10M

18. Sonita (2015)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.

Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami | Stars: Sonita Alizadeh, Latifah Alizadeh, Fadia Alizadeh, Ahmad Ahmadi

Votes: 751

World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary

19. All These Sleepless Nights (2016)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

70 Metascore

A new era is coming, and Warsaw stands uncomfortably at its edge. Art school classmates Christopher and Michal, on the precipice of their own coming of age, restlessly roam their city's ... See full summary »

Director: Michal Marczak | Stars: Krzysztof Baginski, Michal Huszcza, Eva Lebuef, Natalia Atmanska

Votes: 1,443 | Gross: $0.02M

20. When Two Worlds Collide (2016)

103 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

An indigenous environmental activist takes on the large businesses that are destroying the Amazon.

Directors: Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel

Votes: 428 | Gross: $0.01M

21. The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

87 min | Documentary, Drama, War

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops ... See full summary »

Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue | Stars: Gholam Nasir, Khyrgyz Baj, Noor, Zulfu

Votes: 541

22. We Are X (2016)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary film about the legendary Japanese rock band X JAPAN.

Director: Stephen Kijak | Stars: Yoshiki, Hiroshi Morie, Sugizo, Toshimitsu Deyama

Votes: 831 | Gross: $0.05M

23. Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

TV-MA | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

73 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and work of American journalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS terrorists in 2014.

Director: Brian Oakes | Stars: James Foley, Unai Aranzadi, Zac Baillie, Manu Brabo

Votes: 1,353

24. First Girl I Loved (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton - who has always harbored a secret crush - he does his best to get in the way.

Director: Kerem Sanga | Stars: Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand, Mateo Arias, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 2,875

25. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis

Votes: 19,487 | Gross: $1.33M



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