Lone Scherfig made an unexpected appearance at this morning's jammed Sundance Film Festival screening of "An Education" at the Egyptian Theater. Apparently her "travel plans changed," leading many of us to expect that she will win an award tonight at the festival. And, judging by the conversation in the car on the way back from the screening, it won't be the last award that the film is up for this year.
We were buzzing that the movie's breakthrough star Carey Mulligan is a shoo-in for '09 best actress consideration and Nick Hornby's adapted screenplay is a clear contender at this very early stage. It'll be interesting to watch how Sony Classics positions the film after nabbing it here in Utah. [They told me today that they will go with the film this Fall.] I, for one, am sorta surprised that the film isn't debuting in competition at the Berlinale next month, considering the success of Scherfig's "Italian For Beginners" in Berlin years ago. But, being a standout at Sundance this week clearly has positioned it well.
Anyway, good for Sundance. The film (and its apparent win tonight) should bolster the fest's international competition.
Pictured: Scherfig at the Egyptian Theater today.
[photo by eugene hernandez]