Me & Earl & the Dying Girl Dazzles at Sundance

February 1, 2015 4:10 PM

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Me & Earl & the Dying Girl Dazzles at Sundance

For the second year in a row, the Sundance Film Festival has a clear breakout hit, with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl winning both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for the U.S. Dramatic competition. (Whiplash pulled off the same feat last year.) A funny, touching, and highly inventive tale of a boy-girl high school borne in tragic circumstances, Me and Earl got a standing ovation in the dark while the credits were still rolling at the premiere screening I attended. Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush may not have paid the Sundance-record $12 million that the film was originally rumored to have commanded, but there’s not doubting that director Alfonso Goméz-Rejón (best known for American Horror Story), screenwriter Jesse Andrews (who adapted his own novel), and virtually unknown star Thomas Mann (Project X) have very bright futures ahead of them.

Tig Notaro, who’s the subject of a documentary, Tig, that debuted here, emceed the ceremony, and confessed she was once a Sundance volunteer back in the mid-to-late nineties. “I wanted to take a minute to confess that I was the one that would switch my walkie-talkie channel to the restricted channel...

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