Audience awards in World Cinema were given to the Ethiopian drama "Difret," about a woman lawyer taking on a young girl’s controversial case, and the German-Israeli-British documentary "The Green Prince," a real-life spy story about a leading Hamas member who spied for Israel.
Filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White won the Directing Prize for U.S. Documentary for "The Case Against 8," an inside look at the legal battle to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Cotner and White both thanked the two couples who were plaintiffs in that case, which went to the U.S. Supreme Court and established a precedent cited in the overturning of Utah’s gay-marriage ban.
In thanking the California plaintiffs, White said, "we hope all LGBT Americans can soon walk in the same footsteps you did."
Cutter Hodierne won the Directing Prize for U.S. Dramatic films, for his Somali pirate drama "Fishing Without Nets" — another movie that started as a Sundance short, winning top honors in 2012.
A tearful Hodierne walked to the platform with two of the Kenyan actors who played Somalis in his film. "If they could speak English, they would really be talking now," Hodierne said.
Indeed, one of the Kenyans shouted enthusiastically, his arms raised in a victory salute, "I love you, everybody!"
The U.S. Documentary entry "Watchers of the Sky," which traces the history of genocide over the last century, was a double winner. Jenny Golden and Karen Sim won the Editing Prize, and the movie received a Special Jury Prize for its use of animation.
Another double winner, in the World Cinema Documentary competition, was "20,000 Days on Earth," which profiled uber-cool rocker Nick Cave. That film won for the directing, by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, and for Sally Riley’s editing.
Moviegoers will get one more chance to see the award winners, as the filmmakers take their victory laps at screenings in Park City on Sunday, the festival’s final day.
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