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Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival for The Miseducation of Cameron Post
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of February 3, 2018) The motion picture The Miseducation of Cameron Post won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA on January 28, 2018. Directed and co-written (together with Cecilia Frugiuele) by bisexual director Desiree Akhavan, the movie is based on a youth novel by Emily M. Danforth, a lesbian writer from Montana, which is where the story of the movie happens.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post tells the story of a college student, Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz), whose homosexuality becomes known on the evening of the prom ball. Obviously, this does not fit in with the Christian-conservative ideas of the small town there. So Cameron’s aunt and legal guardian Ruth Post (Kerry Butler) places her niece into a therapy camp for straight reconversion where she is supposed to learn the Christian values to make her “normal” again.
For Cameron, live is like hell there, and mental torture is the order of the day. On the other hand, she discovers a whole universe of other lesbians there, of all places, which enriches her life and even consolidates her homosexuality.
Based on the best-selling youth novel by Emily M. Danforth from 2012.
Reasons for the Grand Prize
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming-of-age movie, a movie for adults and a movie against “conversion therapies,” as they are called. Since the film was made by a lesbian director, the result is a highly authentic movie, in which the story location, Montana, plays an important role. This US state has produced many well-known writers, including Emily M. Danforth (or emily m. danforth, which is the official version of her name) whose first work was this novel back in 2012.
As there is no trailer available as of yet, here is the promo video for the bookThe Miseducation of Cameron Post:
Another reason for the success of this movie is the very good performance of the actors. Two of the four brothers of Chloë Grace Moretz are gay, which is why she actively fights for the rights of LGBTI people.
The young actress (soon to be 21 years old) and her four brothers were raised in a very Christian family.
During the preparation for her role as Cameron Post, Chloë Grace Moretz met gays and lesbians who had to undergo therapies to “cure” their homosexuality. In her acceptance speech for the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Sundance festival, she dedicated the award to all survivors of such conversion therapies. Here is the video:
Here is a Glaad interview on the background and production of the movie, dating of January 23, 2018, i.e. 5 days before the award ceremony:
By the way, Desiree Akhavan did a great job in mixing dramatic scenes with serenity and nice humor in her work – a mix that Shakespeare was famous for in his time.