And that’s a wrap on this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the competition’s 12th annual edition and likely the one with the richest and most impressive line-up ever. We’ve been hearing rumble for a number of solid indies from New York, but ultimately there will only be a few who’ll remain in the collective memory.
The festival’s shiniest star has been by far “The Rocket”, the Australian drama that’s won Tribeca’s biggest prize, for Best Narrative Feature, but also Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film and on the festival’s closing day one of two Heineken Audience Awards.
It’s rare that we see a film at such a big festival being hailed by both the jury and the audience, so director-writer Kim Mordaunt really has something to be proud of. Especially that the Audience Award came with a $25,000 prize.
Also, we can officially name “The Rocket” this year’s first serious foreign Oscar contender, as last year’s winner of Tribeca Best Narrative Feature, Canada’s “War Witch”, has gone to receive the much coveted nod.
As for the second Heineken Audience Award recipient, that’s called “Bridegroom” and has received the honors in the special documentary category. Directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, “Bridegroom” has lost the Best Documentary Feature Award to Dan Krauss’ “The Kill Team”.
Now let’s check out the two movies’ trailers together and keep our fingers crossed for (limited) theatrical releases in the near future.