1986 Sundance Film Festival

The United States Film Festival screened over 70 feature films and 20 shorts this year. Highlights from the Festival included spotlights on Orson Welles (CITIZEN KANE, TOUCH OF EVIL, OTHELLO) and Ron Mann (IMAGINE THE SOUND, POETRY IN MOTION), a showcase devoted to Australian independent cinema, and a series of seminars addressing such topics as writing and marketing independent film. Among the notable films presented were THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, GOING DOWN, PARTING GLANCES, SMOOTH TALK, NICARAGUA WAS OUR HOME, PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS, BLISS, A STREET TO DIE.

  • Awards
  • Credits
  • Panels
  • Projects

Private Conversations

Grand Jury Prize: Documentary

Smooth Talk

Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic

Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo

Special Jury Prize Documentary

Desert Hearts

Special Jury Prize Dramatic

The Great Wall is a Great Wall

Special Jury Recognition

Parting Glances

Special Jury Recognition

Seven Minutes in Heaven

Special Jury Recognition for Youth Comedy

Julia Reichert

Documentary Competition Juror

David Fanning

Documentary Competition Juror

Ron Mann

Documentary Competition Juror

Dennis O’Rourke

Documentary Competition Juror

Hector Babenco

Dramatic Competition Juror

Molly Haskell

Dramatic Competition Juror

Krzysztof Zanussi

Dramatic Competition Juror

Martha Coolidge

Dramatic Competition Juror

Bobby Roth

Dramatic Competition Juror

Lawrence Smith

Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

Tony Safford

Program Director, Sundance Film Festival
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