|Director Benh Zeitlin, left, and actress Quvenzhane Wallis, with the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic award for the film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Image credit Danny Molosok/AP)|
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" directed by Benh Zeitlin got the jury award for the best film and best cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival 2012 awards ceremony on Saturday, January 28, at Park City, Utah. "The House I Live In" won the best documentary award."Beasts of the Southern Wild" depicts the bond between a father and a daughter, set in impoverished Louisiana. "The House I Live In," examines America's war on drugs, U.S. drug policies, court system, prisons and their social and emotional impact on minorities.
"The Surrogate," starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes won the Audience Award for best drama. Special jury prizes were awarded to to "Love Free or Die," about the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson; and "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," about the Chinese artist and activist who was detained for 81 days in government detention last year. "Searching for Sugar Man," won the audience award for best world documentary and a special jury prize. It centered on the the search for Rodriguez, an obscure 1970s Detroit folk singer. "Violeta Went To Heaven," won the jury prize for best drama. The movie was based on the life of Chilean folk singer Violeta Parra's journey from a poor upbringing to national hero.