Sunday 26 February 2017

Tribeca Festival winners announced

Robert De Niro set up the Tribeca Film Festival
Robert De Niro set up the Tribeca Film Festival

German actress Sibel Kekilli and a documentary about a romance between two people with Down syndrome have clinched the top honours at Tribeca Film Festival.

The Turkish-German drama When We Leave which stars German actress as a mother who flees her abusive husband by moving with her five-year-old son from Istanbul to Berlin, won best narrative feature, and its star also won best actress.

Monica And David, which won best documentary at the festival which was part-founded by Robert De Niro, chronicles the love between two people with Down syndrome and was directed by Alexandra Codina, Monica's cousin.

Best actor in a narrative feature film went to Eric Elmosnino, who plays the French musician Serge Gainsbourg in Gainsbourg, Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus.

The festival also singled out two new filmmakers: Kim Chapiron, the director of the youth correctional facility drama Dog Pound, and Clio Barnard, the director of the British documentary-fiction hybrid The Arbor.

Jane Rosenthal, who co-founded the festival with De Niro and her husband, entrepreneur Craig Hatkoff, said: "The award-winning films selected by the jury each features strong characters and subjects, these films challenge you to see the world from another perspective."

The awards were handed out at a ceremony in New York. Tribeca, which finishes on Sunday, will screen Freakonomics as its closing film.

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