Armenian Director Wins Award at Sundance Film Festival

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian film director Anna Melikyan Saturday won the world cinema dramatic directing award for her film, "Mermaid" at the Sundance Film Festival held in the United States.
Her film is a story of a fantasy-prone young girl who is forced to face a harsher reality as she grows up.
Nino Kirtadze won the world cinema documentary directing award for the French tale of a right-wing Russian man who holds sway over his acolytes in "Durakivo: Village of Fools."
"Man on Wire," James Marsh’s documentary look at Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the Twin Towers, took home both the Grand Jury and the Audience Prize in the World Cinema category Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival in the USA.
In other top prizes, Courtney Hunt’s single-mother immigrant drama "Frozen River" scored the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and Jonathan Levine’s coming-of-age dramedy
"The Wackness," in which a young pot dealer in mid-’90s New York finds a mentor and customer in his shrink, took home the Dramatic Feature Audience award.
` The ceremony’s grand jury handed the award fir best documentary to Tia Lessin’s and Carl Deal’s Hurricane Katrina documentary, "Trouble the Water," which uses extensive footage from before and after the 2005 disaster to expose the real stories of the hurricane’s impact on New Orleans.
The World Cinema dramatic jury prize went to Jen Jonsson’s "The King of Ping Pong," a Swedish feature that tells the story of a neglected teenager who seeks solace in ping-pong.

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