'War Witch' also wins multiple fest awards

Una noche” led the list of award winners in the juried competitions at the Tribeca Film Festival, with Lucy Mulloy’s feature scoring three kudos — including one for one of the young actors who disappeared last week when he arrived in the U.S. from Cuba.

“Una noche,” the story of three teens hoping to flee Havana for Miami, was one of a dozen films in the fest’s world narrative competish. Film scored awards for new narrative director (Lucy Mulloy), cinematography (Trevor Forrest and Shlomo Godder) and actor, a laurel shared by stars Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nunez Florian, who with co-star Anailin de la Rua de la Torre ditched the film’s Tribeca premiere in an apparent attempt to exit Cuba for good.

Also scoring well with the Tribeca juries was “War Witch,” Kim Nguyen’s film about an African girl kidnapped by rebels and forced to become a child soldier. The movie took home the fest’s Founders Award for narrative feature as well as the actress honor for star Rachel Mwanza.

The narrative screenplay award went to scribes Daniel Burman and Sergio Dubcovsky for “All In,” the Argentine film about a pro poker player whose ladykiller ways are unexpectedly challenged when he runs into an old flame.

The top doc kudo went to “The World Before Her,” Nisha Pahuja’s look at women competing in the Miss India beauty pageant, with the new documentary director award going to Jeroen van Velzen for “Wavumba,” about a Kenyan shark fisher. Award for doc editing went to “The Flat (Hadira),” edited by Tali Halter Shenkar and helmed by Arnon Goldfinger.

Special jury mentions went to Spanish thriller “Unit 7″ for cinematography; helmers P. Benoit (“Stones in the Sun”) and Sharon Bar-Ziv (“Room 514″), both for narrative director; “The Revisionaries,” for doc; and to Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoed, the helmers of “Ballroom Dancer,” for doc director. A handful of awards for short films and for the festival’s online incarnation also were handed out at the downtown Gotham ceremony Thursday evening.

Kudos each come with an original art work by a prominent visual artist as well as a cash prize, in some cases as high as $25,000 each, with the feature director laurel and the cinematography nod also coming with $50,000 each in post-production services.

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival wraps up Sunday with a day of screenings of the fest’s award winners.

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