Robot & Frank and Valley of Saints are sharing a $20,000,000 prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for being awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.
In Robot & Frank, a grumpy elderly man is given a robot caretaker from his grown children. The film stars Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden and Liv Tyler. It was also picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films to the tune of 2 million dollars and will receive worldwide distribution.
In Valley of Saints, War and poverty force Gulzar, a young tourist boatman, to run away from Kashmir with his best friend. But a military crackdown derails their escape, and they become trapped in Gulzar’s lake village. Waiting for conditions to change, they discover a mysterious woman, braving the curfew to research the dying lake. As Gulzar falls for her, rivalry and jealousy threaten his boyhood friendship and their plans of escape. Gulzar must choose between a new life and a new love. The first film set in the endangered lake communities of Kashmir, Valley of Saints blends fiction and documentary to bring audiences inside this unique world.