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German drama tops Tribeca awards

'When We Leave' nabs world narrative feature kudo

German drama “When We Leave (Die Fremde)” and American docu “Monica and David” scored the top awards for world narrative feature and doc feature, respectively, at the 2010 Tribeca Film Fest.

Filmmaker awards went to Kim Chapiron for “Dog Pound” (for narrative) and Clio Barnard for “The Arbor” (in the doc category), while “Monogamy,” which has generated enough aud interest to prompt additional screenings, took the kudo for New York narrative.

Jury selections for the world categories, announced at a Thursday night ceremony, were drawn from a pool of 12 narratives and 12 docs from 20 countries. Some kudos come with cash prizes of varying amounts, along with original artworks contributed to the awards by a number of visual artists.

Writer-director Feo Aladag’s “When We Leave,” which receives $25,000 as part of the narrative feature award, centers on a woman who flees a bad marriage in Istanbul and takes her young son to live with her family in Berlin. A special jury mention in the category went to “Loose Cannons,” helmer Ferzan Ozpetek’s Italian dramedy about a man who comes out to his conservative family.

Director and co-writer Chapiron also gets $25,000 for “Dog Pound,” the French/Canadian movie (co-written with Jeremie Delon) about life in a juvenile detention center. Narrative feature acting awards went to actor Eric Elmosnino, who portrays Serge Gainbourg in popular French offering “Gainsbourg, Je t’aime… Moi non plus,” and to actress Sibel Kekilli, who stars as the central character in “When We Leave.”

Alexandra Codina’s “Monica and David,” which also scored $25,000, follows the marriage of two people with Down Syndrome. Special mention in the world docu feature category went to Julia Bacha’s “Budrus,” about protesters against a wall planned to divide several Palestinian villages.

“Arbor” director Barnard won the filmmaker award, another $25,000 prize, for her genre-mixing look at a Brit housing project and the playwright who lived there.

New York narrative feature winner “Monogamy,” from director Dana Adam Shapiro, centers on a photographer’s new gig and its effects on his relationship with his fiancee, while docu winner “The Woodmans,” directed by C. Scott Willis, focuses on a family of artists.

Narrative and docu feature winners in the New York category each net $10,000 cash plus $50,000 in post-production services.

A special jury mention also went to actress Melissa Leo for her perf in Travis Fine’s “The Space Between.”

In short film categories, winners of which get $5,000 and 5,000 of 35mm film stock, awards went to Bekhi Sibiya’s narrative “Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here” and Travis Senger’s docu “White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug.” Special mentions went to Michael Creagh’s narrative “The Crush” and Nancy Kapitanoff and Sharon Yamato’s doc “Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn.”

Student visionary kudo went to director Maggie Kiley’s “Some Boys Don’t Leave,” with special mention going to Sara Zandieh’s “The Pool Party.”

Awards were also given out to offerings in the fest’s virtual component, voted on by passholders to online fest. J.B. Ghuman Jr.’s “Spork” nabbed feature (with a $25,000 prize) and director Melanie Schiele’s “Delilah, Before” took short (with $5,000 attached).

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