As was the case when I covered this year's Berlinale, I was not able to see the films that took home the major awards at the Tribeca Film Festival. That's not to say I didn't come close to seeing them; in fact, I would've seen one if I hadn't just made it to a screening of The Cake Eaters, and Cinematical's Editor-in-Chief Ryan Stewart tried to convince me to see the other one after hearing such good things, although my schedule just didn't allow it. This year, the Tribeca awards were handed out at Chinatown's Jing Fong restaurant, with the top narrative prize going to David Volach's Hofshat Kaits (My Father My Lord) and the top docu prize being awarded to Alex Gibney's Taxi to the Darkside. The former tells the story of a a rabbi in an ultra-Orthodox community who must come to terms with the demands of his faith, while juggling the responsibilities that go along with being a husband and father. The latter (brought to you by the same guy who directed Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) is a riveting documentary that explores the various torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.
The top screenplay prize went to Nouri Bouzid's Making Of, while Enrique Begne won the new narrative filmmaker award for his film Dos Abrazos (Two Embraces). In the acting category, Lofti Edbelli won for his performance in Making Of, and Marina Hands stood out for her role in Lady Chatterley. Moving on to short films, Den sista hunden i Rwanda (The Last Dog in Rwanda) won best narrative, and A Son's Sacrifice won the docu prize. The surprise win went to a film that neither Ryan or I saw, but we both heard not-so-flattering things about; that being the directorial debut of former Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, The Education of Charlie Banks. That pic won the Made in New York narrative feature prize, while Andrew Piddington took home the special jury recognition narrative nod in the same category for The Killing of John Lennon. Stay tuned to Cinematical, as we'll have plenty of more reviews and interviews from The Tribeca Film Festival heading your way soon.