2010 TRIBECA FILM
FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARDS
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WHEN WE LEAVE (DIE FREMDE), DOG POUND, MONICA
DAVID, AND THE
ARBOR WIN TOP
AWARDS IN JURIED WORLD COMPETITIONS
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MORE THAN $150,000
HANDED OUT IN CASH PRIZES
[April 29, 2010 – New York, NY] –The ninth
annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane
Craig Hatkoff, and presented by founding sponsor American Express,
the winners of its world competition categories tonight at a ceremony
the W Union Square in New York City.
competition winners for narrative
and documentary films were chosen from 12 narrative and 12 documentary
from 20 countries. Two awards were given to honor New York films, which
chosen from seven narrative and six documentary features. Awards were
given for the best narrative, best documentary and student visionary
the short film competitions. This year’s Festival included 85 features
and 47 short films from 38 countries.
at the awards were the
first-ever Tribeca Film Festival Virtual feature and short film winners
selected by the online audience, The winner of The Heineken Audience
Award, determined by audience votes throughout the Festival, will be
on May 1 at the Festival Wrap party.
winning films selected by
the jury each features strong characters and subjects; these films
you to see the world from another perspective,” said Jane Rosenthal.
“I wish all the filmmakers continued success and hope that they will
bring their work back to Tribeca in the years to come.”
have dedicated themselves
to the task of carefully considering the diverse films that were part of
year’s competition at the Festival,” said Nancy Schafer, Executive
Director of the Festival. “We are grateful for their hard work and
their choices along with the rest of our 2010 filmmakers.”
all winning films will take
place at Village East Cinemas on Sunday, May 2. Specific
times and ticketing information
are available on the Festival website, www.tribecafilm.com/festival.
In addition to
cash awards and in-kind
services provided by sponsors including American Express, Delta Air
Eastman Kodak, the Festival presented the winners with original pieces
created by seven acclaimed artists, including Yoko Ono and Clifford
the jurors, the winners and
The jurors for
the 2010 World Narrative Competition were Hope Davis,
John Hamburg, Cheryl Hines, John Ridley, Gary Ross and Gary Winick.
The Founders Award for Best Narrative
– When We
Leave (Die Fremde), directed and
written by Feo Aladag.
(Germany). Winner receives $25,000 cash and the art award
Northern City Renaissance” (Mass MoCA #379K) 2008, commissioned by
created by Stephen Hannock. Sponsored by AKA Hotel Residences. The award was presented by Robert De
Niro and Jane Rosenthal.
Comments: “When We Leave examines one
woman’s struggle for personal freedom. It’s a
theme that is often
explored – but rarely told with such humanity, subtlety, craftsmanship
immediacy, as in tonight’s winning entry. When
We Leave is a riveting and
heartbreaking story of a woman trapped in an abusive relationship, who
only free herself from that marriage, but also the cultural prejudices
judgments that would keep her there.
Feo Aladag built the nuances of her film over a six year period. She rehearsed her actors for seven
months. She immersed herself in
every detail of a culture that is revealed to us in remarkable detail. The result is a film that balances
complex social issues with honest human yearnings. Through
the brutality, When We Leave
is also a story of tenderness, the struggle for compassion, the
of family and the need to love and be loved.”
directed by Ferzan Ozpetek and written by
Ferzan Ozpetek and Ivan Cotroneo.
Jury Comments: “Loose
Cannons buoyantly explores the story of two gay brothers
attempting to find happiness in a traditional Italian family that is
accepting of their lifestyle choices. Expertly combining family drama
farce, Loose Cannons tackles its
subject matter with warmth, humor and grace. For making us laugh, cry
immediately want to book a trip to Southern Italy, we congratulate
Ferzan Ozpetek and his talented cast and collaborators on this special
Best New Narrative Filmmaker – Kim Chapiron
for Dog Pound, written
by Kim Chapiron and Jeremie Delon. (France). Winner receives $25,000
Sponsored by American Express. The
award was presented by Gary Winick.
“There was any number of films this year in which the director was able
to bring together disparate thoughts, ideas and images. We have chosen
a director who created an environment built with such intensity and
that his ensemble cast was able to transcend the cold walls and locked
that confined their characters.”
- Best Actor in a
Narrative Feature Film – Eric Elmosnino as Serge
Gainsbourg in Gainsbourg, Je t’Aime…Moi Non Plus,
written by Joann Sfar. (France). Sponsored by Delta Air Lines.
receives two BusinessElite ticket vouchers for anywhere Delta
travels. The award was
presented by Hope Davis.
“The ultimate compliment to an actor is that he so becomes his role that
he will forever be defined by it. No more is this true than in this
- Best Actress in
a Narrative Feature Film – Sibel Kekilli as Umay in When
We Leave (Die Fremde),
directed and written by Feo Aladag.
(Germany). Sponsored by
Delta Air Lines. Winner receives two BusinessElite ticket vouchers
for anywhere Delta travels.
The award was presented by Aaron Eckhart.
“Among many brilliant performances we found one in particular that
captivated from the first frame of the film and held us through a long
difficult journey. By turns this actress was joy and sorrow, and love
a woman both strong enough to stand against generations of Muslim
and vulnerable enough to express the pain of a daughter cast aside by
have loved her.”
The jurors for
the 2010 World Documentary Competition were Jessica
Brown, Abbie Cornish, Marshall Curry, Whoopi Goldberg, Aidan Quinn and
Best Documentary Feature – Monica & David,
directed by Alexandra Codina. (USA). Sponsored by HBO. Winner receives $25,000 in
cash and the art award “Jorge, 2003/2009” by Vik Muniz. The
award was presented by Jessica Alba.
& David takes an incredibly
intimate situation and beautifully translates it in a way that makes you
about your own life. It’s a clear and observant look at a family and the
purity of love, fueled by an organic sense of the sadness, joy and
humor that fill this epic journey that is life.”
Special Jury Mention: Budrus
directed by Julia Bacha (USA, Palestine, Israel).
Jury Comments: “Budrus
is a film with a powerful message and a fresh perspective on
an issue that is familiar to many.
It’s about a local community who stood up to defend what was
theirs, and in doing so they changed a country. This story is a journey
stretches beyond borders to provide hope, and it should be seen by
Best New Documentary Filmmaker – Clio Barnard
for The Arbor (UK). Winner receives $25,000 cash.
Sponsored by American
Express. The award was presented by
“Imagination is a word you don’t often associate with documentary
filmmaking, but this director bends the boundaries of the form,
crafting an innovative and detailed film wherein great storytelling is
Best New York Narrative Competition jurors were Selma Blair, Zach
Zoe Cassavetes, Darko Lungulov and Andrew McCarthy.
- Best New York
Narrative – Monogamy, directed by Dana
Shapiro, written by Dana Adam Shapiro and Evan M. Weiner. (USA).
receives $10,000 cash, $50,000 in post-production services donated
Company 3, and the art award “SeaScape Frame” by Valerie
Hegarty. The award was
presented by Selma Blair.
“This wasn't an easy decision. All of the films in this category had
strong visions and dealt with themes that covered wide ground – some
ground that has already been explored, but some that took us to places
haven’t been before. For the
film that was realized in such a way that brought together craft, strong
and consistency of vision, the Best New York Narrative Feature is Monogamy.”
Special Jury Mention: Melissa Leo
for her performance in The
Space Between, directed and written by Travis Fine. (USA).
“We would like to honor one actress with a Special Jury Mention. For her
embracing and visceral performance in The
Space Between, we want to recognize Melissa Leo.”
Best New York Documentary Competition jurors were America Ferrera,
Karger, Dan Klores, Scott Neustadter and Kate Snow.
- Best New York
Documentary – The Woodmans,
directed by C.
Scott Willis. (USA, Italy, China). Sponsored by
Polaroid. Winner receives $10,000 cash, $50,000 in post-production
services donated by Company 3, and art award “New York Studio
n.21” by Maurizio Galimberti.
The award was presented by America Ferrara.
“All of the films in this category expose their audiences to new
that they might not have known much about. But The Woodmans inspired
the most discussion thanks to its haunting
and subtle storytelling.”
Best Narrative Short Competition jurors were Justin Bartha,
Dieckmann, Jack Dorsey, Peter Facinelli and Brooke Shields.
- Best Narrative
Short – Father
Christmas Doesn't Come Here, directed by Bekhi Sibiya, written by
Sibongile Nkosana, Bongi Ndaba. (South Africa). Winner receives
cash, 5,000 feet of 35mm film stock donated by Kodak, and the art
“A Box of Smile, 1967/89” by Yoko Ono. The
award was presented by Peter
“The jury was unanimous in its enthusiasm for the winning film. It is an
assured, original, and profoundly moving film, which perfectly executes
aims and is buoyed by a remarkable performance by its lead actor. The director of this film consistently foregoes
sentimentality in favor of subtle debunking of myths based on culture.
frames are urgently alive with telling details. This film announces a
persuasive and deeply human directorial vision, one rich with
insight. It is a film of resilience and hope.”
Special Jury Mention: The
Crush, directed and written by
Michael Creagh. (Ireland).
“We decided to honor The Crush
with a Special Jury Mention. As a jury, we were impressed with the
accomplishment of this extremely well-crafted film; it navigates a
and encompasses humor, yearning and suspense, without ever missing a
results are as hilarious as they are nerve-rattling. The director is in
command of a narrative that veers unexpectedly from sweetness to pitch
darkness, and features yet another startlingly naturalistic performance
child actor, whose deadpan charm is only exceeded by his ability to call
grown man “dickhead” with complete conviction.”
Best Documentary and Student Short Competition jurors were Perry
Adato, Tim Armstrong, Jared Cohen, Scandar Copti, Larry Gagosian, Alicia
and Shirin Neshat.
Documentary Short – White Lines & The
Fever: The Death
of DJ Junebug, directed and written by Travis Senger.
Winner receives $5,000 cash, 5,000 feet of 35mm film stock donated
Kodak and the art award “Fruits of War” by Spencer Platt. The award was presented by Academy
Award® nominated filmmaker Scandar Copti.
“For our winner we chose a film that we feel effectively showed the
evolution of hip-hop through its captivating visuals, riveting
exciting exploration of the music and the culture behind the phenomenon.
were thoroughly engaged from beginning to end on this ride back in time,
commend the filmmaker for his ability to create an informative and
Special Jury Mention: Out of
Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn, directed and
written by Nancy
Kapitanoff, Sharon Yamato. (USA).
“Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura
Weglyn was not only an elegant portrayal of a unique individual but
also a story told with incredible clarity. This film focused on a life
tremendous power; a woman whose talent and perseverance led her on a
which began as a costume designer and evolved into a civil rights
jury is proud to present Nancy Kapitanoff and Sharon Yamato with a
Mention for their transcendent film.”
Visionary Award – some boys don't leave,
by Maggie Kiley, written by Matthew Mullen, Maggie Kiley. (USA).
receives MacPro Desktop with Final Cut Pro and a 24-inch monitor
by Apple and the art award “Inauguration Angel” by Maira
Kalman. This award was also
presented by Copti.
“This film took a unique perspective on a relationship ending in a way
that made us relate to both characters with its unexpected poignancy and
of humor. We all felt in some way we could connect to this film, which
us to its characters and its situation and exhibited the directing
this student filmmaker.”
Special Jury Mention: The
Pool Party, directed and written
by Sara Zandieh. (Iran, USA).
“We wish to acknowledge The Pool
Party by giving it an official Special Jury Mention. Not
this film intrigue us with its interesting location and characters, but
underlying commentary about wealth, society and communication within a
narrative context. Because it
provoked a great deal of lively conversation, challenging us to discuss
universal nature of this film and how it stayed true to its vision, we
awarding a Special Jury Mention to The Pool
FILM FESTIVAL VIRTUAL CATEGORIES:
The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Virtual winners were
voted on by the TFF Virtual premium passholders.
Festival VIRTUAL Best Feature Film: Spork,
directed and written by J. B.
Ghuman, Jr. (USA). Winner receives $25,000 cash. Sponsored by American
Express. The award was presented by
Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises.
- Tribeca Film Festival
Film: Delilah, Before, directed by Melanie
Schiele. Winner receives $5,000 cash. Sponsored by American
Express. The award was presented by Julie
La’Bassiere, Director of Marketing and Industry for Tribeca
Full List of
Eligible 2010 TFF Films in Each Category of
World Narrative Feature Competition:
Award for Best Narrative Feature: 12 films
New Narrative Filmmaker: 11 filmmakers
Actress in a Narrative Feature: 10 actresses
Actor in a Narrative Feature: 14 actors
Documentary Feature Competition:
Documentary Feature: 12 films
New Documentary Filmmaker: 9 filmmakers
New York Documentary Competition: 6 films
New York Narrative Competition:7 films
Narrative Short: 30 films
Documentary Short: 11 films
Visionary Award: 6 films
For more information on all of the films in the
Film Festival, please visit tribecafilm.com.
Tickets for 2010 Festival:
available now for screenings
through May 2. Tickets for the
Festival are $16.00 for evening and weekend screenings and $8.00 for
weekday and late night screenings.
can be purchased online, by
telephone, or at one of the Ticket Outlets, located at the Tribeca
Ticket Window at 54 Varick Street and an additional location to be
The 2010 Festival will continue ticket discounts for evening and weekend
screenings for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan
Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only.
packages can only be purchased online and by phone. Additional
further details on the Festival can be found at www.tribecafilm.com.
the Tribeca Film Festival:
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca
Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur
economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district
annual celebration of film, music and culture.
mission is to help
filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the
community and general public to experience the power of cinema and
York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well
known for being a diverse international film festival that supports
and established directors.
Festival has screened over 1100
films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its
founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than 2.3
attendees and has generated an estimated $600 million in economic
New York City.
& Signature Sponsors
As Founding Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, American Express is
to supporting the Festival and the art of film making, bringing business
energy to New York City and offering Cardmembers and festival-goers the
opportunity to enjoy the best of storytelling through film.
The Festival is pleased to announce the return of its Signature
P. Sloan Foundation, Apple, Bloomberg, Brookfield, Borough of Manhattan
Community College (BMCC), Delta Air Lines, Heineken USA, NBC 4 New York,
Media Networks, New York Nonstop, The New York Times, RR Donnelley, and
Fair. The Tribeca Film Festival is also honored to welcome the
new Signature Sponsors: Caesars Atlantic City, LG Electronics USA,
Stolichnaya Vodka, Time Warner Cable, and YouTube.