Monday, January 30, 2017

Macon Blair's 'I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore' wins Grand Jury Prize at 2017 Sundance Film Festival

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival has wrapped up, and while it was certainly a much snowier year than usual, it was also a fairly quiet year for the famed independent fest. There weren't any true sensations like The Birth of a Nation (which clearly didn't pan out, due to unforeseen circumstances) or Manchester by the Sea- instead, there was a solid set of well-received titles that will likely make a decent profit in the coming months. Despite no record-breaking agreements between independent producers and studios, plenty of deals were made for some of the biggest hits of the fest. Netflix picked up hits like Mudbound (which is being pushed for an Oscar run) and Berlin Syndrome, A24 snagged A Ghost Story, Amazon took The Big Sick, Focus bought the rights for Thoroughbred, and Sony Pictures Classics will distribute Brigsby Bear and Call Me By Your Name, which is quite possibly the only major Oscar hope from this year's fest. Those films were some of the biggest of the festival, and yet, none of them took home any of the festival's biggest prizes. That honor went to Macon Blair's I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore., a darkly comedic directorial debut from the acclaimed star of films such as Green Room and Blue Ruin.

The story of a depressed woman who loses faith in humanity, I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. will debut on Netflix on February 24, which many have noted as a game changer for the industry. As a fan of Blair, this is a very exciting development, and I'm looking forward to seeing the film when it hits the streaming service. The black comedy likely won't be up for any Oscars by the end of 2017, but that's honestly meaningless- looking at Sundance merely as an extremely early Oscar pre-cursor devalues so many great genre films that have debuted at the fest. While there was no "Sundance Sensation" this year, per say, there were plenty of films that could emerge as brilliant, visionary stories. The next stop on the yearly festival circuit will come in just a few days, as the Berlin Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, February 9, which has a lineup that features films like James Mangold's Logan and Danny Boyle's T2: Trainspotting. Look for more festival wrap-ups in the coming weeks.

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