Director of Signis Award-winning film just hoped to ‘make a good movie’

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June 16, 2015

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is seen on the set of the movie "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl." (CNS photo/Fox Searchlight) See ME-EARL and MOVIE REVIEW June 16, 2015.

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is seen on the set of the movie “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” (CNS photo/Fox Searchlight)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — It’s easier to win an award at the annual Sundance Film Festival, because Sundance gives so many of them, than to win the Signis Award in the United States.

Rarer still to win them both with the same film. But that’s what happened with “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” a funny drama about awkward teen angst with mortal illness coursing through the plot.

“Me and Earl,” in winning the Signis Award at April’s Filmfest DC, was cited by one jurist for being “exceptionally well written and directed, with top performances by a young cast.” The same jurist, Belgium’s Karel Deburchgrave, called it “both a work of art and a warm affirmation of human possibility.”

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