Push Wins Sundance Top Prizes

“Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire” scored the grand jury prize, the audience award for drama, and a special jury prize for acting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Not to be confused with the upcoming psychic action drama also titled “Push”, this adaptation of Damien Pearl’s 1997 novel tells the raw, nightmarish story of a 16-year-old pregnant girl who tries to escape from the domination of her terrifying mother (Mo’Nique) and make something of her life.

The U.S. documentary grand jury prize was awarded to Ondi Timoner’s “We Live in Public” about a renegade artist, while the world documentary prize went to Kim Longinotto’s “Rough Aunties” about sexually abused children in South Africa. Doco “Afghan Star” won both the world documentary audience award and the world documentary directing nod.

The 60’s British-set “An Education”, based on a story by Nick Hornby, won the world drama audience award and the world drama cinematography award.

Sebastian Silva’s Chilean film “The Maid” scored the world dramatic prize and a special world drama jury prize for acting.

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “Five Minutes of Heaven,” starring Liam Neeson and James Nesbit, scored the world drama directing award and the world drama screenwriting nod.

Cary Joji Fukunaga’s “Sin Nombre,” won the dramatic directing award and the excellence in cinematography award.