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Critics Rank the Best Movies and Performances at the Tribeca Film Festival

Amy Morton in "Bluebird" Tribeca Film Festival
Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit

 

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. Lily
2. Bluebird
3. Hide Your Smiling Faces
4. Taboor

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. The Kill Team
2. Bending Steel
3. Let the Fire Burn
4. Oxyana
5. Teenage


BEST DIRECTOR

1. Matt Creed, Lily

2. Dave Carroll, Bending Steel

3. Dan Krauss, The Kill Team

4. Lance Edmands, Bluebird

5. Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn


BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Amy Grantham, Lily
2. Amy Morton, Bluebird
3. Johan Heldenbergh, The Broken Cycle Breakdown
4. Veerle Baetens, The Broken Cycle Breakdown
5. Nathan Varnson, Hide Your Smiling Faces


BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Nell Cattrysse, The Broken Cycle Breakdown
2. John Slattery, Bluebird

 

BEST ENSEMBLE

1. Bluebird

2. Hide Your Smiling Faces

3. The Broken Cycle Breakdown


BEST FIRST FEATURE

1. Lily

2. Bluebird

3. Bending Steel

4. The Kill Team

5. Hide Your Smiling Faces

 

MOST ANTICIPATED (BUT MISSED IT AT TRIBECA)

1. Lenny Cooke

2. A Birder's Guide to Everything

3. Before Snowfall 

4. The Machine

5. The English Teacher

 

Anne-Katrin Titze, Eye for Film

In 2013, the Tribeca Film Festival has succeeded triumphantly with the MoMA PS1 collaboration for Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi and how to bring nature into an urban setting through films like Bruno Barreto's Reaching for the Moon, Reha Erdem's Jîn, Whitewash, directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, Hisham Zaman's Before Snowfall, and Red Obsession, directed by David Roach and Warwick Ross. (Interview with Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer)

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. Reaching for the Moon - Bruno Barreto's exquisite Reaching For The Moon tells the grand love story between the Pulitzer prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop, and the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Barreto adeptly investigates the art of losing and living with demons. Style is a trigger for communication, and the green layers of nuance are lush.

2. Whitewash

3. Sunlight Jr.

4. Byzantium

5. Some Velvet Morning

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Michael H. Profession: Director - Cat lover and Academy Award winning director Michael Haneke is profiled in Yves Montmayeur's penetrating Michael H. Profession: Director by frequent collaborators including Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Béatrice Dalle, and Josef Bierbichler. The documentary about the filmmaker's career shows Haneke at work, starts with the word "coward" spoken in his 1992 feature film Benny's Video and ends with his statement, that love is a difficult thing and not given to everybody. 

2. Lil Bub & Friendz

3. Kiss the Water

4. Red Obsession

5. Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia

 

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Michelangelo Frammartino, Alberi - Playing in an endless loop in the dome at  MoMA PS1, Alberi accomplishes something extremely rare very quickly and profoundly:  it allows spectators to breathe, relax and think, about nature, myth, and how good it feels when someone awaits your arrival. Frammartino invites us to remember and forget.

2. Bruno Barreto, Reaching for the Moon

3. Yves Montmayeur, Michael H. Profession: Director

4. Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, Whitewash

5. Eric Steel, Kiss the Water

 

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Thomas Haden Church, Whitewash - Thomas Haden Church plays Bruce with great strength and impeccable timing.  He is a Samuel Beckett character and winter athlete rolled into one, while he juggles a past of glass eyes, a present of strong beer, and an inevitably icy future.

2. Miranda Otto, Reaching for the Moon

3. Emmanuelle Devos, Just A Sigh

4. Naomi Watts, Sunlight Jr.

5. Stanley Tucci, Some Velvet Morning

 

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Glória Pires, Reaching for the Moon - Lota de Macedo Soares is played by Glória Pires with every response a marvelous surprise. The way she meets the world in general and how she slowly changes around Elizabeth Bishop is masterfully subtle. She wonders why their guest is so "stuck-up and defensive" and has already deeply entered a new chapter in her life, without knowing it. Glória Pires conveys all this in a gesture and a movement of her shoulders.

2. Tim Roth, Mõbius

3. Greg Kinnear, The English Teacher

4. Heather Graham, At Any Price

5. Vince Vaughn, A Case of You

 

BEST ENSEMBLE

1. Reaching for the Moon - The extraordinary yarn begins at the boat pond in New York's Central Park, on a bench, where Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto, translucent and captivating) suffers "weekly attacks" on her poetry and her virtue by good friend Cal (Treat Williams). Former ballet dancer and friend from Vassar, Mary Morse (Tracy Middendorff, a limber Cassandra in a complex role), and right-wing politician Carlos Lacerda (Marcello Airoldi) who wants to be president of Brazil and supports the military coup that ends Brazilian democracy console the central love story.

2. Lil Bub & Friendz

3. Teenage

4. Sunlight Jr.

5. At Any Price

 

BEST FIRST FEATURE

1. Whitewash - Tribeca Film Festival Best New Narrative Director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais wins for his chillingly unique snow thriller. On a very snowy night, Whitewash, blows us into the icy world of a man at a crossroads. Bruce's life changes forever after encountering Paul, whose personality couldn't be more different from his but whose situation is no less urgent. He has to confront the basics of survival - food, warmth, shelter.

 

MOST ANTICIPATED (BUT MISSED IT AT TRIBECA)

1. Bluebird

2. Jîn

3. Cycling with Moliere

4. Odayaka

5. Before Snowfall

 

BEST SCENE

1. Bub in Lil Bub & Friendz meeting the tiger at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center.

2. Erica's (Kate Hudson) art opening in The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

3. Paul (Marc Labrèche) stealing dolls' eyeballs in Whitewash

4. Haute Cuisine - Monsieur le Président de la République (played by Jean d'Ormesson) endears himself to Hortense (Catherine Frot) when at the first lunch she prepares for him, we learn that he eats the carrot top. Any wise bird can tell you about it. 

5. Gore Vidal in Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia explaining JFK.

 

BIGGEST SURPRISE

1. Michelangelo Frammartino's World Premiere of his breathtaking 28 minute continuous cinematic installation Alberi in the VW Dome at MoMA PS1.

 

Daniel Walber, Film School Rejects

 

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. Wadjda
2. Floating Skyscrapers
3. Ali Blue Eyes
4. Dark Touch
5. Fresh Meat

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Cutie and the Boxer
2. Alberi
3. Big Joy
4. The Kill Team
5. Raw Herring


BEST DIRECTOR

1. Haifaa al-Mansour, Wadjda

2. Zachary Heinzerling, Cutie and the Boxer

3. Tomas Wasilewski, Floating Skyscrapers

4. Big Joy, Stephen Silha & Eric Slade & Dawn Logsdon

5. Alberi, Michelangelo Frammartino


BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Waad Mohammed, Wadjda
2. Mateusz Banasiuk, Floating Skyscrapers
3. Bartosz Gelner, Floating Skyscrapers

4. Nader Sarhan, Ali Blue Eyes
5. Riz Ahmed, The Reluctant Fundamentalist


BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Marta Nieradkiewicz, Floating Skyscrapers
2. Reem Abdullah, Wadjda
3. Karel Roden, Frankenstein's Army
4. Ahd, Wadjda
5. Joyce Payne, Prince Avalanche

 

BEST ENSEMBLE

1. Fresh Meat

2. Ali Blue Eyes

3. Dark Touch

4. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?


BEST FIRST FEATURE

1. Wadjda

2. Cutie and the Boxer

3. Big Joy

4. The Kill Team

5. Frankenstein's Army

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