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Sean Durkin

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BorderLine Films
SEAN DURKIN – MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE is the debut feature from writer/director Sean Durkin, a project that was developed at the 2010 Sundance Screenwriter’s and Director’s Lab. The film premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Fox Searchlight quickly acquired worldwide theatrical distribution rights, and Sean went on to receive the Sundance prize for Best Director. MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE also screened as part of Un Certain Regard at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the Prix de la Jeunesse (Youth Prize). Other prestigious festivals where the film was shown include Toronto, New York, San Sebastian and London. Fox Searchlight released MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE theatrically in the U.S. The film received three Gotham Award Nominations (Breakthrough Director for Durkin, Breakthrough Actor for Elizabeth Olsen, and Best Ensemble Cast) and has been nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards (Best First Feature, Best Female Lead for Olsen, and Best Supporting Male for John Hawkes). Sean’s most recent short film, “Mary Last Seen,” premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and made its European premiere at 2010 Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, where it won the PRIX SFR for Best Short, before going on to screen at New York Film Festival, London, and AFI.


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