‘Blind Shaft’ tops at Tribeca Fest

'Camel,' 'Normal Life,' 'Precious Moments' among winners

NEW YORK — The Tribeca Film Festival wrapped its 10-day-long second edition Sunday by honoring Li Yang’s tale of Chinese mine workers, “Blind Shaft.”

The narrative feature winner was a Hong Kong-China-Germany co-production. It won the Silver Bear award at Berlin earlier this year.

Competition winners in 11 categories were announced at a packed ceremony at the Stuyvesant High School Auditorium in Tribeca and presented by notables including Martin Scorsese, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Spacey, Nora Ephron, Sheila Nevins, Parker Posey, Fisher Stevens and Sandra Bernhard. Winners won a range of cash prizes and in-kind services.

“The festival has turned out to be great,” said co-founder Robert De Niro, “even better than last year. It’s about our community, New York.

“And for people who’ve been asking what it’s future is, we’re still young and seeing where our journey is going to lead. It’s been terrific so far.”

Leading fest sponsor American Express presented the prize for emerging narrative feature filmmaker to first-time director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi for “It Is Easier for a Camel.” Tedeschi, who stars in the film, also picked up actress honors for the Italo-French comedy. Her film collected a $25,000 prize plus six months of services from PMK/HBH Public Relations.

Ohad Knoller won the actor category for his role in Israeli army love story “Yossi & Jagger” along with Igor Bares in “Some Secrets.”

The busy documentary section had three category winners:

Prize for docu features by helmers with two or less previous films went to to Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Hugo Berkeley for “A Normal Life,” with honorable mentions to Laura Gabbert’s “Sunset Story” and Francesca Comencini for “Carlo Giuliani, a Boy.”

In the documentary category for helmers with more than two previous features, Moslem Mansouri won for “Trial,” with Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill picking up an honorable mention for “Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.” Winner picked up $25,000 worth of in-kind services from Technicolor Creative Services New York.

Mohamed Zran’s “Song for the Millennium” won the prize for emerging documentary feature filmmaker, which includes $25,000 and six months of in-kind services from PR firm PMK/HBH.

‘Time,’ ‘Together’ win

Two films won the Budweiser/TriggerStreet.com audience award for feature film: “Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton,” the documentary by David G. Berger, Holly Maxson and Kate Hirson, and “Together” by Chen Kaige. Presented by TriggerStreet founder Kevin Spacey, the two films will share the $25,000 prize.

Lars Daniel Krutzkoff Jacobsen won the narrative short film category with “Precious Moments,” while Harvey Wang won docu short film for “Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones.” Richard Linklater’s “Live From Shava’s Dance Floor” received a special citation.

The MTV Films Award for student visionary film went to Enrico Kahn for “Make Up.”

Closing night film was Paramount’s “The Italian Job.”

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