NEW YORK -- A scripted feature about life in
"The Rocket," the Australian Kim Mordaunt's tale of a displaced 10-year-old boy who must find a new home in the tribal mountains of Laos after his house is destroyed to make way for a dam, won best narrative feature. Sitthiphon Disamoe, a nonprofessional actor who played the lead role, was awarded the best actor prize. Mordaunt accepted it on Disamoe's behalf.
The narrative jury, which included the actress Blythe Danner and the filmmaker
Best actress in the narrative section went to Veerle Baetens, who in Felix van Groeningen's Dutch-Belgian co-production "The Broken Circle Breakdown" played a free spirit felled by tragedy in a movie about a bluegrass band. Screenwriters Carl Joos and Van Groeningen also won the best screenplay competition. Baetens appeared via a video link saying she "didn't even know she was in the running for the awards."
The narrative jury handed the best director prize to Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, for "Whitewash," a dark comedy about a struggling Canadian man starring Thomas Haden Church.
The jury awarded the best cinematography prize to Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen, for his work in "Before Snowfall," Hisham Zaman's coming-of-age tale about a Kurdish teenager who sets off for
And earning a special jury mention in the narrative section was Sam Fleischner's "Stand Clear of the Closing Doors," about a boy lost on the
On the nonfiction side, Dan Krauss'
In accepting the prize, Krauss did not delve into the troubling issues of his film, instead saying simply that the prize was "one massive cherry on a really good sundae."
Meanwhile, Sean Dunne's "Oxyana," about a West Virginia town whose inhabitants are coping with the effects of an
Audience awards will be announced this weekend at Tribeca, which wraps its 12-day run on Sunday with screenings of all the winning films.
The Internet cats movie "Lil Bub and Friendz" was named best feature film in the online festival, while "A Short Film About Guns" won the online festival's best short award.