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Tribeca Fest Honors "When We Leave" & "Monica and David"

"When We Leave" director Feo Aladag accepting her Best Narrative prize Thursday evening with Tribeca Fest co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Expressing "gratitude" and "surprise," German director Feo Aladag's "When We Leave" (Die Fremde) took the Tribeca Film Festival's Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, while American director Alexandra Codina's "Monica & David" won Best Documentary Feature at a ceremony in Manhattan's Union Square Thursday evening. Both winner received $25,000 in cash and their respective original pieces of art. Ferzan Ozpetek's "Loose Cannons" received a Special Jury Mention in the narrative category, while Julia Bacha's "Budrus" received the same for the doc competition.

"I truly believe that everyone wants and needs love in this world, and that includes people living with disabilities," said Codina on stage Thursday evening at the W Hotel in Manhattan's Union Square. She was flanked by the two subjects of her doc as well as doc jurors including Jessica Alba and directors Margaret Snow and Marshall Curry.

In other top prizes, filmmaker Kim Chapiron was named Best New Narrative Filmmaker for "Dog Pound." Chapiron will receive $25,000, sponsored by American Express. Eric Elmosnino won Best Actor in a Narrative Feature for his role in "Gainsbourg, Je t'Aime...Moi Non Plus," directed and written by Joann Sfar, while Sibel Kekilli won in the Best Actress category for her role in "When We Leave." Both will receive two roundtrip Business Elite tickets for anywhwere Delta Airlines flies. Best New Documentary Filmmaker went to Clio Barnard for "The Arbor" ($25,000).

"When We Leave" follows the story of Umay and her five year old son Cem who seek shelter in the arms of her family living in Berlin - no longer able to stand her husband's mistreatment. But as the reality of Umay's defiant actions sets in, the family's reputation within the Turkish community at home and abroad is threatened--resulting in her sister's engagement being rescinded and ultimately leaving little Cem's future in question.

Doc "Monica & David" is the story of two people who are in love and living with Down syndrome. The film is described as an "intimate, year-in-the-life portrait of two childlike spirits with adult desires as they prepare for their fairy tale wedding and face the realities of married life afterward. Taking immense pride in their new roles as husband and wife, David wants to bring home the bacon, and Monica wants to fry it in the pan. They want babies of their own. But their unique circumstances still have them living with Monica's mother and husband."

"The award winning films selected by the jury each features strong characters and subjects; these films challenge you to see the world from another perspective," commented Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal in a statement. "I wish all the filmmakers continued success and hope that they will bring their work back to Tribeca in the years to come."

"Our jurors have dedicated themselves to the task of carefully considering the diverse films that were part of this year's competition at the Festival," said Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of the festival via a release. "We are grateful for their hard work and salute their choices along with the rest of our 2010 filmmakers."

The world competition winners for narrative and documentary films were chosen from 12 narrative and 12 documentary features from 20 countries. Two awards were given to honor New York films, which were chosen from seven narrative and six documentary features. Awards were also given for the best narrative, best documentary and student visionary films in the short film competitions. The ninth Tribeca Film Festival's line up includes 85 features and 47 short films from 38 countries.

[Full list of winners on the next page.]

Tribeca World Competition Category winners:

The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature - "When We Leave" (Die Fremde), directed and written by Feo Aladag. (Germany). Winner receives $25,000 cash and the art award "Study: Northern City Renaissance" (Mass MoCA #379K) 2008, commissioned by Sting, created by Stephen Hannock. Sponsored by AKA Hotel Residences.

Special Jury Mention: "Loose Cannons," directed by Ferzan Ozpetek and written by Ferzan Ozpetek and Ivan Cotroneo.

Alexandra Codina accepting her Best Documentary prize for her film, "Monica & David" with the subjects of her film on stage with juror Jessica Alba and Abbie Cornish looking on. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Best Documentary Feature - "Monica & David," directed by Alexandra Codina. (USA). Sponsored by HBO. Winner receives $25,000 in cash and the art award "Jorge, 2003/2009" by Vik Muniz.

A scene from Alexandra Codina's "Monica & David," which won the Best Documentary prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. Image courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival.

Special Jury Mention: "Budrus" directed by Julia Bacha (USA, Palestine, Israel).

Best New Documentary Filmmaker - Clio Barnard for "The Arbor" (UK). Winner receives $25,000 cash. Sponsored by American Express.

Best New Narrative Filmmaker - Kim Chapiron for "Dog Pound," written by Kim Chapiron and Jeremie Delon. (France). Winner receives $25,000 cash. Sponsored by American Express.

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film - Eric Elmosnino for his role in "Gainsbourg, Je t'Aime...Moi Non Plus," directed and written by Joann Sfar. Winner receives two BusinessElite ticket vouchers for anywhere Delta travels.

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film - Sibel Kekilli for her role in When We Leave (Die Fremde), directed and written by Feo Aladag. Winner receives two BusinessElite ticket vouchers for anywhere Delta travels.


New York Competition Category winners:

Best New York Narrative - "Monogamy," directed by Dana Adam Shapiro, written by Dana Adam Shapiro and Evan M. Weiner. (USA). Winner receives $10,000 cash, $50,000 in post-production services donated by Company 3, and the art award "SeaScape Frame" by Valerie Hegarty.

Special Jury Mention: Melissa Leo for her performance in "The Space Between," directed and written by Travis Fine.

Best New York Documentary - "The Woodmans," directed by C. Scott Willis. (USA, Italy, China). Sponsored by Polaroid. Winner receives $10,000 cash, $50,000 in post-production services donated by Company 3, and art award "New York Studio n.21" by Maurizio Galimberti.


Short Film Competition Category winners:

Best Narrative Short - "Father Christmas Doesn't Come Here," directed by Bekhi Sibiya, written by Sibongile Nkosana, Bongi Ndaba. (South Africa). Winner receives $5,000 cash, 5,000 feet of 35mm film stock donated by Kodak, and the art award "A Box of Smile, 1967/89" by Yoko Ono.

Special Jury Mention: "The Crush," directed and written by Michael Creagh. (Ireland).

Best Documentary Short - "White Lines & The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug," directed and written by Travis Senger. (USA). Winner receives $5,000 cash, 5,000 feet of 35mm film stock donated by Kodak and the art award "Fruits of War" by Spencer Platt.

Special Jury Mention: "Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn," directed and written by Nancy Kapitanoff, Sharon Yamato. (USA).

Student Visionary Award - "some boys don't leave," directed by Maggie Kiley, written by Matthew Mullen, Maggie Kiley. (USA). Winner receives MacPro Desktop with Final Cut Pro and a 24-inch monitor provided by Apple and the art award "Inauguration Angel" by Maira Kalman.

Special Jury Mention: "The Pool Party," directed and written by Sara Zandieh. (Iran, USA).


Tribeca Film Festival Virtual Category winners:

Best Feature Film: "Spork," directed and written by J. B. Ghuman, Jr. (USA). Winner receives $25,000 cash. Sponsored by American Express.

Best Short Film: "Delilah, Before," directed Melanie Schiele. Winner receives $5,000 cash. Sponsored by American Express.

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