Sunday, May 04, 2008

2008 Tribeca Film Festival Awards Winners

By sheer coincidence yesterday I was able to watch a summary of the May 1st awards announcements and the best part was that they showed clips from the winning movies, shorts and documentaries, plus more clips from other non-winning works. Anyway these are the awards winning films.

Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature: Låt den Rätte Komma In (Let the Right One In), Tomas Alfredson, Sweden. “For its mesmerizing exploration of loneliness and alienation through masterful reexamination of the vampire myth.”

Best New Narrative Filmmaker: Gitmek (My Marlon and Brando), Hüseyin Karabey, Turkey. “For its skillful blending of documentary style with a classic love story and ultimate creation of a truly modern and unlikely international heroine.”

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film: Thomas Turgoose and Piotr Jagiello for Somers Town, Shane Meadows, UK. “For an extraordinary and exhilarating rendering of a friendship found, the Narrative Feature Jury is awarding the Best Actor prize to this magical team.”

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film: Eileen Walsh for Eden, Declan Recks, Ireland. “For her exquisite rendering of a lonely wife aching to be seen and heard.”

New York LOVES Film Award: Zoned In, Daniela Zanzotto, USA and UK.
Special Mention: Hotel Gramercy Park, Douglas Keeve, USA.
“This was a challenging and spirited discussion with two clear favorites: both films are very different and the jury felt that both should get equal mention even though only one gets the prize. We thought Hotel Gramercy Park was a highly entertaining and moving story about a New York family and a New York institution coming to terms with a changing city, but in the end we felt Zoned In deserved the prize for having the bravery to tell a seemingly typical story that ends up revealing bold and difficult truths.”

Made in NY – Narrative Award: The Caller, Richard Ledes, USA. “The Caller superbly uses its New York locations – from the sleek mid-town high-rises to the desolate Brooklyn Bridge piers – to create a chilling and finally stirring suspense movie; an unusual thriller whose mysterious plot finally exposes the mysteries of the heart.”

To check all the awards for documentaries and shorts go here.

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