Friday, April 26, 2013

2013 Tribeca Film Festival: Award Winners

The 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), announced the award winners of its competition categories yesterday (April 25, 2013) at an awards ceremony held at the Conrad New York Hotel in Downtown Manhattan.

Here are the winners for the World Narrative Competition Categories awarded by jury members, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Blythe Danner, Paul Haggis, Kenneth Lonergan, and Jessica Winter:
The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature
  • Rocket directed by Kim Mordaunt
Special Jury Mention (Best Narrative Feature)
  • Stand Clear of the Closing Doors directed by Sam Fleischner
Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film
  • Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo
    in The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt
Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film
  • Veerle Baetens as Elise Vandevelde
    in The Broken Circle Breakdown, directed by Felix van Groeningen
    Netherlands, Belgium
Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film
  • Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen
    in Before Snowfall, directed by Hisham Zaman
    Germany, Norway
Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film
  • Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen
    for The Broken Circle Breakdown, directed by Felix van Groeningen
    Netherlands, Belgium
Best New Narrative Director
  • Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais for Whitewash
Special Jury Mention (Best New Narrative Director)
  • Emir Baigazin for Harmony Lessons
    Kazakhstan, Germany, France

See the full list of winners including documentary and short film categories at the official TFF website.

Once again, films that premiered at the Berlinale in February (The Rocket and The Broken Circle Breakdown) had a strong showing at the Tribeca Film Fest. Last year's winner Rebelle ended up in contention for the Foreign Film Oscar, I think we can expect these two films to end up being submitted to the race.

Some comments from the jury:

The Rocket is a spectacular achievement that is powerful and delightful in equal measures. Artfully structured and gorgeously shot, it chronicles the struggles of a displaced family while steering well clear of either sentimentality or despair. Complex in its tone and characterizations, the film takes an unflinching – and edifying – look at the suffering caused both by a legacy of war and the new status quo of economic globalization. And yet, while never losing sight of those grim realities, it also offers us a transcendent tale of hope and perseverance in a world that few Westerners ever have the chance to see.”

The Broken Circle Breakdown is a true original, starting with the eclectic ingredients in its dynamic screenplay: a romance of opposites, a battle between spiritual faith and secular humanism, triggered by unthinkable tragedy, a Flemish bluegrass band. With dialogue that spans the sweetly flirtatious and the operatically confrontational -- and with dollops of humor and a pure, deep love of music – the film leaps nimbly back and forth in time to conjure vivid characters who face down literal life-or-death issues. They win both our rapt interest and our greatest empathy; they make us both think and feel.” 

Which of the winners do you look forward to seeing the most?


Unknown said...

Hey, Canada actually won something. That's impressive.

Unknown said...

Don't know anything about these. Couple of films with comments from jury sound promising, so I hope you review those two at some point in the future

Unknown said...

The Rocket looks gorgeous - and that's not just because I'm an Australian that I'm saying that - HA! The Sydney Film Festival starts here in a couple of weeks, so I am hoping that we get a chance to see some of these festival winners.
Great coverage as usual BT.

Unknown said...

I definitely will.

Unknown said...

Yeah, I'm always jealous of you guys because your fest happens so soon after Cannes.

Unknown said...

I'm intrigued by The Broken Circle Breakdown, thanks for the excellent coverage Bonjour!

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