x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Whiplash wins audience and jury awards at Sundance

The film stars the 26-year-old Miles Teller as an aspiring jazz drummer in pursuit of excellence.

A scene from Whiplash. Daniel McFadden
A scene from Whiplash. Daniel McFadden

Whiplash is among the winners of the Sundance Film Festival. The dramatic story of a jazz drummer aspiring to greatness won both audience and jury awards for US dramatic films on Saturday at the festival’s closing awards ceremony. The musical drama by the writer and director Damien Chazelle opened the independent film showcase last week and rode a wave of positive buzz throughout the 10-day event. Chazelle made his Sundance debut last year with a short version of Whiplash intended to gain financial support for the feature-length film. It stars the 26-year-old Miles Teller as an aspiring jazz drummer in pursuit of excellence and the veteran actor J K Simmons as his unforgiving instructor. Chazelle thanked his actors “who really made this movie work”. The 28-year-old filmmaker drew on his personal experiences as a member of a high-school jazz band as inspiration for the film. The documentary Rich Hill, about a tiny town in Missouri, won the jury award for US documentary. The American documentary about dementia and music, Alive Inside, won the audience award. The Sundance Film Festival closed last night. – AP

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