'Father,' 'Taxi' take top prizes
“Hofshat Kaits” (“My Father My Lord”) and “Taxi to the Darkside” took top prizes at the sixth annual Tribeca Film Festival kudos on Thursday.At the awards dinner at Chinatown’s Jing Fong restaurant, more than $270,000 in cash prizes were awarded to winners in categories including narrative, documentary and short film. This year’s lineup of 157 features and 88 shorts sported both international indies and Hollywood tentpoles. Fest founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal presented “My Father” helmer David Volach with the narrative feature nod and a $50,000 cash prize. “Darkside” director Alex Gibney nabbed $25,000 for the top docu gong. Other docs singled out included Vardan Hovhannisyan’s “A Story of People in War & Peace,” Paul Taylor’s “We Are Together” and Esther Robinson’s “A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory.” Nouri Bouzid’s “Making Of” garnered the screenplay prize, while “Dos Abrazos” (Two Embraces) helmer Enrique Begne drew the new narrative filmmaker nod. Fest’s Made in New York narrative feature prize went to rock bad boy-turned-filmmaker Fred Durst for his pic “The Education of Charlie Banks,” while Andrew Piddington took home the category’s special jury recognition narrative nod for “The Killing of John Lennon.” Thesping honors went to Lofti Edbelli for his perf in “Making Of” and “Lady Chatterley” actress Marina Hands. Jens Assur’s “Den sista hunden i Rwanda” (The Last Dog in Rwanda) took the short prize, Yoni Brook’s “A Son’s Sacrifice” the short docu nod. The winner of the Cadillac Award, determined by audience vote, will be announced Saturday at the closing-night premiere of HBO documentary film “The Gates.”
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