Monday, May 04, 2009

2009 Tribeca Film Festival Award Winners - Update

Yesterday the fest announced the award winners and here they are for feature films in the World Narrative competition.

Best Narrative Feature: Darbareye Elly (About Elly), Asghar Ferhadi, Iran (yes, this is the one I found to be very interesting!)
Jury Comments: “Out of a strong selection of films, the jury was unanimous in our passion for this seamless piece of ensemble filmmaking. The universality of the characters and themes, and the directors riveting grasp of this story make “About Elly” a film that collapses barriers and deepens our understanding of the world we share.”

Best New Narrative Filmmaker: Rune Denstad Langlofor Nord (North), Norway
Jury Comments: “Rune Denstad Langlo, formerly a documentary filmmaker, shows a mastery of comedic direction in “North.” His consummate vision, strong grasp of story and command of the language of cinema make him a standout amidst a strong pool of candidates.”

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film: Zoe Kazan in The Exploding Girl, Bradley Rust Gray, USA
Jury Comments: “Zoe shines in this understated role. Every component of this brilliantly restrained performance displays a command of her craft that stunned and moved this jury.”

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film: Ciarán Hinds in The Eclipse, Conor McPherson, Ireland
Jury Comments: “Ciarán Hinds’ powerful performance explores both strength and vulnerability, while propelling and deepening the films examination of masculinity and desire. The portrayal grabbed us, pulling us even deeper into this unique and original ghost story.”

To check winners in documentaries and shorts please go here. The fest closes next Sunday and tomorrow the audience awards will be announced.

Update: City Island by Raymond De Felitta, USA won the Audience Award and to check the top ten films please go here.

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