Rip Torn movie FORTY SHADES OF BLUE was the big winner at this year's (05) Sundance Film Festival as the annual independent exhibition wrapped up on Saturday night (29JAN05).

The family drama, directed by Ira Sachs, claimed the top prize in the competition at the Utah festival.

Director Eugene Jarecki made it a double Sundance success for his family when his film WHY WE FIGHT claimed the festival's grand-jury prize for documentaries - his brother ANDREW's acclaimed CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS won the same award in 2003.

Meanwhile, the festival's Audience Award went to hip-hop film HUSTLE + FLOW, which earlier in the week became the most successful film in Sundance history when it was sold to bosses at Paramount Pictures and MTV for $9 million (GBP4.7 million).

The other Sundance winners were directors Henry Alex Rubin and ADAM SHAPIRO's Murderball, a film about disabled athletes, which claimed the Audience Documentary Award.

31/01/2005 02:33