“I will never get used to this,” he said later in an interview.
“Didi” ended up winning the prestigious Sundance audience award, a prize that in years past has gone to movies like “CODA” and “Whiplash.”
On Wednesday, Mr. Wang was back in his apartment in Los Angeles. The sun was shining and he was sporting a fresh haircut when Focus Features announced the purchase of worldwide rights to “Didi,” which it will probably release this summer in theaters, perhaps as an antidote to the blockbusters that normally consume theaters at that time.
It was an ending to a whirlwind adventure that many aspiring filmmakers can only dream about.
“There’s something about being in Park City, where all of the things that were happening to me didn’t feel real,” Mr. Wang said. “You’re in this snow globe of a place, and my attention was needed in so many places, every single second of every single day. To be back and then the news, it feels like, ‘Oh, wow, we really did that.’”