U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award: Uncompromising Artistic Vision
Widow Chloe (Carla Juri) travels to Japan for work where she is welcomed by an old friend, Toshi (Takashi Ueno). Sliding between the melancholy of loss and the awe of perspectives changed, Chloe wanders an unfamiliar landscape where love has carved all the guiding grooves. blood explores the site where fragile love can emerge from immovable pain. With quiet restraint, fresh rhythm, and unforgettably rich performances, this subtle study of togetherness and apartness captures the vibrancy of internal life. Writer-director-producer Bradley Rust Gray observes the resilience of life and love, the surprise of desire, the barriers of language, and the staggering impact of relationship.
In this tacitly potent piece, Gray proves the gentle power of his directorial hand. Blood marks the return of partners and longtime collaborators Gray and So Yong Kim to the Sundance Film Festival after the world premiere of Lovesong (co-written by the duo and directed by Kim) in 2016. Their deft understanding of romance and finely tuned meditative style is displayed gorgeously by this new work.