The fourteenth annual Stony Brook Film Festival closed Saturday with the New York premiere of Lynn Roth’s “The Little Traitor” starring Alfred Molina, followed by an awards ceremony where film critic John Anderson announced the festival’s Jury awards for best features and shorts. The Grand Prize was awarded to the Israeli film “For My Father,” directed by Dror Zahavi while the Jury Award for Best Feature went to Jeremy Davidson’s family drama “Tickling Leo.”
“It has been an amazing year for us both artistically and in terms of attendance,” said Alan Inkles, founder and director of the festival. “We had the largest crowds in our 14 year history and the audience voting gave some of the highest scores we have ever seen.”
The list of winners:
“For My Father” – Directed by Dror Zahavi
This Israeli film tells the stories of a young Jewish girl cut off from her Orthodox roots, a shopkeeper who has lost his soldier son, and a young Palestinian man on a desperate mission.
Best Feature – Audience Choice
“Like Dandelion Dust” – Directed by Jon Gunn
The parents of an adopted boy must fight to keep their son when Joey’s biological father lays claim to him, in this film based on the novel by Karen Kingsbury.
Best Feature – Jury Award
“Tickling Leo” – Directed by Jeremy Davidson
A son attempts to reconnect with his father while coping with the older man’s dementia and the secrets and resentments that threaten his family’s future.
Best Short – Audience Choice
“In the Dark” – Directed by Alex Fazeli
On the eve of Ayatollah Khomeini’s return to Iran, a double agent agrees to exchange crucial information with the CIA in return for safe passage out of the country in this film inspired by true events.
Best Short – Jury Award
“True Beauty This Night” – Directed by Peter Bresson
After meeting the love of his life, a young man has to convince her she’s the one; it’s no easy feat, considering how they met…
Closing Night Award
“The Little Traitor” – Directed by Lynn Roth
Alfred Molina stars in the role of Sargeant Dunlop, a British soldier who befriends an eleven-year-old Jewish boy in 1947 Palestine, just a few months before Israel becomes a state.