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Tribeca Film Festival Awards - 2007 Winners

My Father My Lord by David Volach

The Israeli drama Hofshat Kaits / My Father My Lord (above) won the top narrative feature award at the 6th Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by David Volach, Hofshat Kaits tells the story of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who must decide between the tenets of his religion or the welfare of his family. The narrative feature award includes a US$50,000 cash prize.

Marina Hands in Lady Chatterley by Pascale FerranMarina Hands was chosen best actress for her performance in the title role of Lady Chatterley, Pascale Ferran’s acclaimed new take on D. H. Lawrence’s scandalous novel about a woman who has an affair with one of her husband’s employees. Earlier this year, both Hands and the film received top honors at the French Academy’s César ceremony. Kino International will be releasing Lady Chatterley in the United States.

The best actor was Lofti Ebdelli for his performance in the Moroccan-Tunisian co-production Akher film / Making Of, a film within a film about Islamic terrorists and actor-director conflicts. Additionally, screenwriter/director Nouri Bouzid took the best screenplay award.

Taxi to the Dark Side by Alex Gibney

Enrique Begne won the best new narrative filmmaker award for the Mexican drama Dos Abrazos / Two Embraces, about four lonely Mexico City denizens who find hope through human connections, while Alex Gibney’s Taxi to the Dark Side (above), an examination on the death of an Afghan taxi driver at Bagram Air Base from injuries inflicted by American soldiers, was chosen best documentary feature — which comes with a $25,000 cash prize.

This edition of the Tribeca Festival included 157 features and 88 short films from 47 countries. The world competition winners were chosen from 18 narrative and 16 documentary features from 25 countries. The winner of the audience award will be announced at the closing night gala on May 5.

May 6 addendum: Thina Simunye / We Are Together, spoken in Zulu and English, received the Cadillac Audience Award. Directed by Paul Taylor, We Are Together is a documentary that portrays the lives of singing children in South Africa’s Agape Orphanage.

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