“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” picked up two trophies at the Hamptons Intl. Film Festival, taking the honor for best feature as well as an acting kudo for Ronit Elkabetz, also the movie’s co-director. The Hamptons’ top juried award for doc went to Carlo Zoratti’s “The Special Need.”
Also doing well at the Golden Starfishes were indie drama “Little Accidents,” which nabbed a newcomer performance trophy for actor Jacob Lofland as well as the Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award, honoring female narrative filmmakers, for director Sara Colangelo.
“Gett” follows an Israeli woman’s five-year struggle to obtain a divorce from the only authority in Israel with the authority to grant it. Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz co-wrote and co-directed the film.
“The Special Need” centers on an autistic 29-year-old’s quest to experience physical love.
Other awards handed out at the 2014 Hamptons fest included a cinematographer laurel for Arnaud Potier’s work in French drama “Breathe;” a visionary filmmaking kudo for Tamara Erde doc “This Is My Land;” and a special mention for docu “Velvet Terrorists” by Pavol Pekarcik, Ivan Ostrochovsky and Peter Kerekes. A handful of short films also took home prizes.
Prior to this year’s HIFF, festival awards were given to docs “E-Team” and “Virunga,” as well as to narrative feature “The Imitation Game,” among other titles.
The 22nd annual HIFF wraps up its five-day run today.