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Lesbian Drama Best Film: Tribeca Film Festival Awards

Carice van Houten Rutger Hauer Black ButterfliesCarice van Houten and Rutger Hauer in 'Black Butterflies'

Carice van Houten, 'She Monkeys': 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Awards

Writer-director Lisa Aschan's feature film debut, the Swedish lesbian drama She Monkeys / Apflickorna, took top honors at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Co-written by Josefine Adolfsson, the Best Narrative Feature winner portrays the complex relationship – and budding romance – between two young equestrian vaulters played by newcomers Mathilda Paradreiser and Linda Molin. Robert De Niro was one of the presenters of the award.

Tribeca's Best Actress was Carice van Houten for her performance as troubled South African poet Ingrid Jonker in Paula van der Oest's Black Butterflies. In 1965, 32-year-old Jonker committed suicide by drowning herself in the ocean. Van Houten's co-star is veteran Rutger Hauer (Turkish Delight, Blade Runner).

Ramadhan 'Shami' Bizimana was the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival's Best Actor for Kivu Ruhorahoza's Grey Matter, billed as the first Rwandan feature directed by a Rwandan national living in Rwanda.

Alma Har'el's Bombay Beach, set in one of the poorest communities in Southern California, was the Best Documentary winner.

Carice van Houten movies

Among the Dutch-born Carice van Houten movies released in the last decade are Vincent Bal's Miss Minoes; Colette Bothof's Black Swans; Paul Verhoeven's Black Book; Joram Lürsen's Love Is All; and Bryan Singer's Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise and Kenneth Branagh.

Carice Van Houten's most recent big-screen efforts include three 2010 releases: Christopher Smith's horror drama Black Death, supporting Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne; Miguel Sapochnik's box office disappointment Repo Men, with Jude Law and Forest Whitaker; and Antoinette Beumer's comedy-drama The Happy Housewife.

Additionally, van Houten was featured in three episodes of the Dutch television series In therapie, and should next be seen in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's horror thriller Intruders, co-starring Clive Owen, Daniel Brühl, Pilar López de Ayala, and Kerry Fox.

Carice van Houten, Rutger Hauer Black Butterflies photo: Tribeca Film Festival.

Lesbian drama She Monkeys Tribeca Film FestivalLinda Molin in Lisa Aschan's 'She Monkeys'

Lesbian Drama Chosen as Best Film: Tribeca Film Festival Awards 2011

Narrative Competition

Best Narrative Feature: She Monkeys (Apflickorna), directed by Lisa Aschan, written by Josefine Adolfsson and Lisa Aschan (Sweden)

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film: Ramadhan 'Shami' Bizimana in Grey Matter (Matière Grise), directed and written by Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda, Australia)

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film: Carice van Houten in Black Butterflies, directed by Paula van der Oest, written by Greg Latter (Germany, Netherlands, South Africa)

Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film: Jannicke Systad Jabobsen, Turn Me On, Goddammit (Få meg på, for faen) (Norway)

Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film: Luisa Tillinger, Artificial Paradises (Paraisos Artificiales) (Mexico)


New Narrative Director Competition

Best New Narrative Director: Park Jungbum, writer and director of Journals of Musan (Musan Il-gi) (South Korea)

Special Jury Mention: Kivu Ruhorahoza, writer and director of Grey Matter (Matière Grise)


Documentary Competition

Best Documentary Feature: Bombay Beach, directed by Alma Har'el (USA, Israel)

Best Editing in a Documentary Feature: Purcell Carson, Semper Fi: Always Faithful (USA)

Best New Documentary Director: Pablo Croce for Like Water (USA)

Special Jury Mention: Michael Collins, director of Give Up Tomorrow (UK, USA)


Other Tribeca Film Festival Awards

Best Narrative Short: Man and Boy, directed by David Leon and Marcus McSweeney, written by David Leon and Rashid Rasaq (UK)

Special Jury Mention: The Terms, written and directed by Jason LaMotte (UK)

Best Documentary Short: Incident in New Baghdad, written and directed by James Spione (US)

Special Jury Mention: Guru, written and directed by Jonathan VanBallenberghe (USA)

Student Visionary Award: Rooms, written and directed by Joanna Jurewicz (USA)

Special Jury Mention: Eva: Working Title, written and directed by Dor Fadlon (Israel)


Tribeca Film Festival 2011 Juries

World Narrative Competition Jury: Souleymane Cissé, Scott Glenn, David Gordon Green, Rula Jebreal, Art Linson, Jason Sudeikis, Dianne Wiest.

Best New Narrative Director Jury: Paul Dano, Atom Egoyan, Zoe Kazan, Anna Kendrick, Rainn Wilson.

World Documentary Competition Jury: Amir Bar-Lev, Michael Cera, RJ Cutler, Abigail Disney, Whoopi Goldberg, Louie Psihoyos, Peter Scarlet.

New Documentary Competition Jury: Margaret Bodde, Jared Cohen, J. D. Heyman, Lauren Hutton, Annie Sundberg.

Best Narrative Short Competition Jury: Nora Ephron, Ceci Kurzman, Denis Leary, Fran Lebowitz, David O. Russell, Paul Schneider and Jimmy Wales.

Best Documentary and Student Short Competition Jury: Ahmed Ahmed, Agnes Gund, Zoe Kravitz, Nicole Lapin, Lisa Shields, Christine Vachon and Patrick Wilson


Linda Molin in Lisa Aschan's She Monkeys photo: Tribeca Film Festival.

Oscar Date: Next Year's Ceremony to Remain in Late February

Academy Award statuette OscarOscar 2012 dates announced (image: Academy Award statuettes)

The 2012 Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak has announced. That means the awards season calendar will remain about the same next year.

Last year, there were rumors that the Academy's Board of Governors was considering moving up the date of the Oscar ceremony to early February or even late January. Whether or not they're still debating the idea, that move won't happen in 2012.

The Oscar 2012 ceremony, a.k.a. the 84th Academy Awards night, will once again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. In the United States, the Oscarcast will be televised live by ABC. A 90-minute red carpet show will precede the ceremony broadcast.

Scheduled Oscar 2012 dates

  • Thursday, December 1, 2011: Official Screen Credits forms due
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011: Academy Award Nominations ballots mailed
  • Friday, January 13, 2012: Academy Award Nominations polls close 5 p.m. PT
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2012: Academy Award Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Samuel Goldwyn Theater
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2012: Final Oscar ballots mailed
  • Monday, February 6, 2012: Academy's Nominees Luncheon
  • Saturday, February 11, 2012: Scientific and Technical Awards presentation
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012: Final Oscar polls close 5 p.m. PT
  • Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012: 84th Academy Awards ceremony

Oscar 2011 winners

Earlier this year, Tom Hooper's The King Speech was selected as the Best Picture of the year, also earning Oscars for director Hooper, screenwriter David Seidler, and star Colin Firth. The Best Actress winner was Natalie Portman for Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan.

Among the other Oscar 2011 winners were Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo and Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale for David O. Russell's The Fighter; Best Adapted Screenplay for the David Fincher-directed The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin; Best Foreign Language Film for Susanne Bier's Danish drama In a Better World; and Best Cinematography for Christopher Nolan's Inception, shot by Wally Pfister.

Academy Awards statuettes image: © A.M.P.A.S.

Give Up Tomorrow Film Michael CollinsMichael Collins' 'Give Up Tomorrow': Documentary exposing The Phillippines' dysfunctional justice system wins 2011 Tribeca Film Festival's Audience Award

'Give Up Tomorrow' Film Wins Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award

Newcomer Michael Collins' documentary Give Up Tomorrow, about a gross – and apparently willful – miscarriage of justice in The Philippines, was named the winner of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival's Audience Award earlier this evening at the festival's wrap-up party at Eye Beam in New York City. Collins will receive a cash prize of $25,000. Additionally, Give Up Tomorrow received a Special Jury Mention in Tribeca's World Documentary Competition. (Image: Michael Collins' Give Up Tomorrow.)

As found on the Tribeca Film Festival website, Give Up Tomorrow depicts the plight of culinary student Paco Larrañaga. In 1997, at age 19, Larrañaga was arrested for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of two sisters on the Philippines' island of Cebu. “Despite demonstrable evidence of his innocence,” the film's synopsis explains, “including 40 eyewitnesses and photographs placing him hundreds of miles from the scene, Paco's legal ordeal was only just beginning.”

Upcoming screenings of 'Give Up Tomorrow' and other Tribeca 2011 winners

Give Up Tomorrow will be screened on Sunday, May 1 (Labor Day in most of the world, but not in the United States), at 12 noon and 9 p.m. at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea. Also screening that day will be other 2011 Tribeca Film Festival award winners. Among those are Lisa Aschan's She Monkeys; Alma Har'el's Bombay Beach; David Leon and Marcus McSweeney's short film Man and Boy; Journals of Musan, winner of the Best New Narrative Director Award for Park Jungbum; Turn Me On, Goddammit, winner of the Best Screenplay Award for Jannicke Systad Jabobsen; Paula van der Oest's Black Butterflies, which earned Carice van Houten the Best Actress Award; and Kivu Ruhorahoza's Grey Matter, starring Best Actor winner Ramadhan 'Shami' Bizimana.

Specific times for the screenings of the other films are available on the Tribeca Film Festival's website.

Michael Collins' Give Up Tomorrow movie photo: Tribeca Film Festival.

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