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April 30, 2013 1:26 PM
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Critics Rank the Best Movies and Performances at the Tribeca Film Festival

"Prince Avalanche"

Melissa Hanson, Cinemit


BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. The Moment
2. Prince Avalanche
3. Before Midnight
4. Sunlight Jr
5. Byzantium

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Out of Print

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
2. David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Moment
2. Paul Rudd - Prince Avalanche
3. Emile Hirsch - Prince Avalanche
4. Melissa Leo - Bottled Up

BEST FIRST FEATURE

1. Whitewash

MOST ANTICIPATED (BUT MISSED IT AT TRIBECA)

1. Teenage
2. Adult World
3. Cutie and the Boxer
4. In God We Trust
5. Bridegroom

Kyoko Hirano

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. Harmony Lessons
2. Before Snowfall
3. The Rocket
4. Ali Blue Eyes
5. Floating Skyscrapers


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Let the Fire Burn 
2. Powerless
3. The Kill Team
4. Big Men
5. Alias Ruby Blade


MOST ANTICIPATED (BUT MISSED IT AT TRIBECA)
1. The Project


Eric Kohn, Indiewire

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
1. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
2. Bluebird
3. Run and Jump
4. Fresh Meat
5. Dark Touch

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
1. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
2. Lenny Cooke
3. Oxyana
4. Teenage
5. Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

MOST ANTICIPATED (BUT MISSED IT AT TRIBECA)
1. The Rocket
2. The Kill Team
3. Whitewash
4. Hide Your Smiling Faces
5. Tricked


Gary Kramer, Gay City News

The documentaries, queer films (both doc and features) were uniformly strong, as were the short films. (You need to acknowledge the shorts in the future; I saw four of the fests' shorts programs).
The world narrative showcase took some risks--TABOOR, for example--that paid off. 
Overall, very satisfied with this year's fest. I only wanted to stay longer and see more. 

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. Floating Skyscrapers
2. Hide Your Smiling Faces
3. Six Acts
4. What Richard Did
5. Adult World


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Oxyana
2. Big Joy
3. The Kill Team
4. Red Obsession
5. Powerless


BEST DIRECTOR

1. Tomasz Wasilewski, Floating Skyscrapers

2. Daniel Patrick Carbone, Hide Your Smiling Faces
3. Jonathan Garfinkel, Six Acts
4. Lenny Abrahamson, What Richard Did
5. Scott Coffey, Adult World

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Thomas Haden Church, Whitewash
2. Emma Roberts, Adult World
3. Sivan Levy, Six Acts
4. Naomi Watts, Sunlight, Jr.
5. Waad Mohammed, Wadjda


BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Maika Monroe, At Any Price
2. Zac Efron, At Any Price 
3. Norman Reedus, Sunlight, Jr.
4. Shiloh Fernandez, Deep Powder
5. Amanda Peet, Trust Me


BEST ENSEMBLE
1. Floating Skyscrapers
2. Hide Your Smiling Faces
3. Trust Me
4. Six Acts
5. Some Velvet Morning

BEST FIRST FEATURE

1. Hide Your Smiling Faces

2. Six Acts
3. Wadjda

MOST ANTICIPATED (BUT MISSED IT AT TRIBECA)
1. Harmony Lessons
2. The Machine
3. Before Midnight
4. The English Teacher
5. Mobius

BEST SCENE
1. The teacher drinking her coffee in the short FOOL'S DAY
2. The final scene/shot of SIX ACTS
3. The bear sequence in HIDE YOUR SMILING EYES
4. The end credit sequence of FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS
5. The eyeglass store owner floating away in WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME

BIGGEST SURPRISE
1. FOOL'S DAY--funniest short film I've seen since SPIDER.
2. FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS--I saw the 9:45 am P&I show; I wanted to see it again at 10:30 that same night. It excited me that much.
3. OYXANA--took my breath away with it combination of image and story; so much better than the excruciating BOTTLED UP, which tackled the same topic as a narrative feature.
4. SIX ACTS--can't stop thinking about this film which pushed buttons and envelopes.
5. WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME--a charming, whimsical, feel good film; a true sleeper.

2 Comments

  • Ronnie D. | May 13, 2013 5:57 PMReply

    Not even close to enough love for What Richard Did - excellent coming out party for both the director and the kid who plays Richard. And TOO much love for bluebird - my least favorite at the festival.

  • shelly | April 30, 2013 2:50 PMReply

    Barely any love for Bluebird and Teenage my two favorites.