Film Independent announced the winners of its annual Spirit Awards Grants on Saturday 10 January in West Hollywood. Other than the Someone to Watch Award they announced the Lenscrafters Truer Than Fiction Award and the Piaget Producers Award winners, honoring four emerging filmmakers with $25,000 each. Finalists for the award won by the H. directors were Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Chris Eska for The Retrieval.
H., directed by Attieh and Garcia and produced by Shruti Rya Ganguly and Pierce Varous, will play in competition in NEXT at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Here’s the synopsis:
H. is a modern interpretation of a classic Greek tragedy in which two women, each named Helen, live out their mirrored lives of one another in the town of Troy, NY. The first Helen is in her 60s, lives with her husband Roy, and takes care of a small, extremely lifelike baby doll called a “Reborn Doll,” which she cares for as a living baby. The second Helen is in her 30s, has a successful art career with her partner Alex, and is four months pregnant. One night, something falls out of the sky and explodes over the town. In the aftermath of this event, bizarre and unexplainable things begin to happen. Many people in the town go missing—Helen’s husband being one of them—and unnatural cloud formations begin appearing in the sky. Meanwhile, the two Helen’s find themselves, and their lives spinning out of control.
Congrats to Rania and Daniel, and to all the team that worked on the film!