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World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic — Butterflies


Cemal, Kenan, and Suzi are siblings who have grown apart since leaving Hasanlar, the tiny village where they grew up, and going their separate ways. When an unexpected call from their estranged father demands they return to the village immediately, Cemal, the eldest, is tasked with reuniting the family and convincing his brother and sister to take a road trip back to the places and memories they have been working so hard to forget. As they try to piece their dysfunctional family back together and confront their shared past, they’ll have to contend with each other’s peculiarities and get to know one another all over again, even as the strangest elements of all await them in the village.

Tolga Karaçelik returns to the Sundance Film Festival with his second feature, crafting a wildly inventive and explosive dark comedy that’s as thoughtful as it is surprising. Butterflies defies expectation at every turn, balancing playfulness and razor-sharp writing with an incredibly heartfelt look at family bonds that defy time and distance.

Sun. 1/28, 10:00 a.m., Eccles, PC

SECTION Award Winners

RUN TIME 117 min