The Sessions (formerly The Surrogate) swept the awards at this year's Sundance Film Festival winning both Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting in the U.S. Dramatic category.
Watch the awards ceremony here and see Ben & Judi graciously accepting the awards for the film.
A new feature film for Such Much Films, The Surrogate has been selected for U.S. Dramatic Competition at The Sundance Film Festival 2012. Written and directed by Ben Lewin and produced by Judi Levine, the feature film is an entirely independent production – very much a family affair – which has been brewing since 2006. Inspired by an essay written by Mark O’Brien, the film took off when Oscar-nominee John Hawkes accepted the role of Mark, a man determined to lose his virginity despite spending much of his time inside an iron lung. Heeding the advice of his unconventional priest (William H. Macy), his journey to manhood with Cheryl the sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) unfolds in a most intriguing way.
Here’s the scoop on Sundance... out of over 4,042 feature-length films submitted, only 110 were selected. Of those, only 16 (out of 2,059 films from the US) were selected for US competition.
"This poet’s extraordinary story resonates with the elegance and precision of a poem. No line in The Surrogate is extraneous, no frame accidental. Filmmaker Ben Lewin's masterful brushstrokes endow every character with fullness and authenticity, fashioning rich metaphors and emotional nuance and fusing them into an exquisite, unforgettable awakening."
More from the Sundance listing about the Film and review >
NEW YORK TIMES.COM – November 30, 2011 – “Eclectic as Ever, Sundance Unveils Competition Lineup,” mentions THE SURROGATE, by Brooks Barnes
More about The Surrogate – click here
Synopsis – click here
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