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DAILY NEWS: Tribeca Film Fest News; "Moulin Rouge" Gets Top Award

DAILY NEWS: Tribeca Film Fest News; "Moulin Rouge" Gets Top Award



with articles by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE



>> Lower Manhattan to Host New, "World-Class" Film Festival; Big Announcement Due Today


(indieWIRE: 12.06.01) -- What is expected to be a significant new film
festival will be unveiled today in New York City. The Tribeca Film Festival
is set for May 1 - 5, 2002 and will be unveiled at a press conference in New
York this morning (Thursday).


Robert DeNiro, his Tribeca Films partner Jane Rosenthal, New York Governor George Pataki, Empire State Development Corporation Chariman Charles Gargano, director Martin Scorsese and actress Meryl Streep are among the luminaries scheduled to attend today's launch for what is being billed as a "world-class film festival in lower Manhattan."


The news, of course, comes at a crucial moment for downtown New York. A tip
sheet for today's announcement states that the "new international film
festival (will) help reinstate cultural vitality and highlight NYC's place
in the world of film."


According to information available on the Tribeca Entertainment website
(www.tribecafilm.com), the new festival will showcase world premiere movies
as well as an independent film competition, along with panels, seminars, an
outdoor screening and archival New York films. [Eugene Hernandez]


[indieWIRE will be on hand for the announcement and will present a complete
report in tomorrow's edition.]


>> "Moulin Rouge" Wins Top Prize from National Board of Review; "In the Bedroom" Nabs Multiple Honors


(indieWIRE: 12.06.01) -- "Moulin Rouge" is in the early lead for end of the
year honors following yesterday's announcement by the National Board of
Review
. The film nabbed the award for Best Film, as well as a Best
Supporting Actor Prize for Jim Broadbent who was also recognized for his
role in "Iris." Running alongside "Moulin Rouge" is Todd Field's "In The
Bedroom
" which was chosen in the number two slot for Best Film and also
received a Best Director Award and a Best Screenplay prize for Field & Rob
Festinger
. John Cameron Mitchell won the award for Breakthrough Director and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Amores Perros" won the prize for Best Foreign Film.


"Monster's Ball," Marc Forster's new film, dominated the top acting
categories with Halle Berry taking the Best Actress Award for her
performance in the film, while co-star Billy Bob Thornton won the Best Actor
Award for his roles in "Monster's Ball," "The Man Who Wasn't There," and
"Bandits." Cate Blanchett took the Best Supporting Actress Award for "The Man Who Cried," "Shipping News," and "Lord of the Rings." In the
Breakthrough Performer categories the prizes went to Naomi Watts for
"Mulholland Drive" and Hayden Christensen for "Life as a House." Finally, the organization announced an Acting Ensemble Award to the cast of "Last
Orders
."


The award for Best Documentary went to "The Endurance," while Freedom of
Expression prizes were awarded to Majid Majidi's "Baran," Fabrizio
Lazzaretti
and Alberto Vendemmiati's "Jung (War) in the Land of the
Muhjaheddin
," and Mohsen Makhmalbaf's "Kandahar."


Rounding out the National Board of Review's top films (in order) are
"Ocean's Eleven," "Memento," "Monster's Ball," "Black Hawk Down," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "The Pledge," and "Mulholland Drive." While in the Foreign Film category, the list includes
(in order) "Behind the Sun," "Dark Blue World," "No Man's Land," and "Amelie."


The organization gave its career achievement award to Jon Voight, the
Billy Wilder Award for Excellence in Directing to Steven Spielberg and a
Special Achievement in Filmmaking Award to Peter Jackson for "Lord of the
Rings
." The William K. Everson Award for Film History went to Martin
Scorsese
for "Il Mio Viaggo in Italia." The Best Animated Feature prize went
to "Shrek," the Best Film Made for Cable TV went to "Wit," and the Best
Production Design award went to "Lord of the Rings." Ten films also received
a special mention for excellence in filmmaking (in alphabetical order): "The
Anniversary Party
," "The Deep End," "Diamond Men," "Ghost World," "Happy Accidents," "Iris," "Lantana," "L.I.E.," "Pinero," and "Sexy Beast."


This year's awards gala will be held at Tavern on the Green on January 7, 2002. [Eugene Hernandez]

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