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'Girlfight,' 'Count on Me' Tie at Sundance

January 30, 2000|From Associated Press

PARK CITY, Utah — The gritty boxing saga "Girlfight" and the tender sibling reunion tale "You Can Count on Me" shared top honors Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, the nation's top showcase for independent movies.

The two movies split the grand jury prize for best dramatic film.

"Girlfight" also won the dramatic directing award for Karyn Kusama, and "You Can Count on Me" won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award for Kenneth Lonergan, who also directed the film.

"Girlfight" stars Michelle Rodriguez as a young woman who channels her fierce temper to become a champion boxer. "You Can Count on Me" features Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo as a sister and brother struggling to maintain a sense of family years after their parents are killed in a car crash. Matthew Broderick co-stars in the movie.

The grand jury prize for documentary went to "Long Night's Journey Into Day," which examines four cases that came before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the aftermath of apartheid.

The documentary directing award went to Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman for "Paragraph 175," an exploration of Nazi atrocities against homosexuals.

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