The 11th Annual Tribeca Film Festival has announced its winners on Thursday, April 26. Winning big at the award ceremony were Kim Nguyen's "War Witch" and Lucy Mulloy's "Una Noche".
"War Witch", a Canadian-made film about a girl conscripted into an African war, bagged the coveted Best Narrated Feature award. Meanwhile, its lead non-professional actress Rachel Mwanza was picked as the Best Actress.
Of why they chose "War Witch" as the Best Narrated Feature, the juries said, "This indelible character study of a girl who becomes a woman before our eyes in the midst of harrowing war gives words to the unspeakable." They added, "Riveting, heartbreaking, vivid, and eloquent, the movie balances scenes of crazy enemy hatred with moments of luminous private love."
On picking Mwanza as the Best Actress, the juries explained, "A nonprofessional actress, this remarkable young woman - barely a teenager when the movie was shot - so fully inhabits her role that there are no borders to her stunning performance, no distance at all between the actress and the unforgettable character Komona."
"Una Noche", meanwhile, led its actors Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nunez Florian to share the Best Actor prize. "We give the award for Best Actor in a Narrative Feature to Dariel Arrechada and to Javier Nunez Florian in 'Una Noche', for potent individual performances that together are even greater than the sum of their parts," said the jury, "Both young actors are nonprofessionals who took great risks to tell a daring story. Each won our hearts."
Lucy Mulloy, the director of "Una Noche", grabbed the Best New Narrative Feature Director award for her film. Additionally, the movie took home the Best Cinematography gong for its portrayal of Cuba.
Other winners at Tribeca included "The World Before Her" (Best Documentary Feature), "Asad" (Best Narrative Short), "Paraiso" (Best Documentary Short), "On The Mat" (Tribeca (Online) Film Festival Best Feature Film), and "CatCam" (Tribeca (Online) Film Festival Best Short Film).
The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival will announce winners of the Heineken Audience Awards, which are determined by audience votes throughout the Festival, on Saturday, April 28. All the winning movies will be screened throughout the final day of the festival on Sunday.
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