The Daily Star - War dominates the 2005 Sundance Film Festival winners
The Daily Star - War dominates the 2005 Sundance Film Festival winners: "PARK CITY, Utah: The war in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came off winners in the world movie section at the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony this weekend.
The war theme flowed through the entire presentation, with the world-cinema special-jury prizes for documentaries going to 'The Liberace of Baghdad,' by British director Sean McAllister, and to the French-Israeli production 'Wall.'
'Liberace' is the story of pianist Samir Peter, Iraq's most famous pianist holed up in a hotel in ravaged Baghdad as war rages around him, while 'Wall' tells of Israel's controversial separation wall cutting it off from the Palestinian territories.
'This (award) is also dedicated to the Iraqis and Americans who died during the making of this film,' McAllister said, referring to the eight 'difficult and dangerous' months he spent making the film amid strife and chaos in Iraq."