Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced Jens Assur, director of the upcoming film, "Close Far Away," as winner of the 2012 Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award.
Created in 1996 to celebrate 100 years of cinema, the annual award recognizes and supports a visionary filmmaker on his or her next film. Sundance Institute staff works closely with the winner throughout the year, providing creative and strategic support through the development, financing and production of their films.
Two films previously supported by this award are screening at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: "Beasts of the Southern Wild," by Benh Zeitlin, and "Elena," by Russian filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev.
"Close Far Away" is a noted by the festival as a "compelling contemporary drama thriller of individuals in Africa and Europe who are put in vulnerable situations and whose actions carry personal and global consequences. Five interlocking stories converge and reveal a complex and unique story of the lives of seemingly random people around the world, showing just how connected we really are."