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European films dominate Tribeca awards

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European films dominate Tribeca awards

European films swept most of the top awards at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature went to Let the Right One In [+see also:
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, directed by Tomas Alfredson (Sweden).

The Jury commented, “For its mesmerizing exploration of loneliness and alienation through masterful reexamination of the vampire myth.”

Thomas Turgoose and Piotr Jagiello shared the Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film award for Somers Town [+see also:
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(UK), directed by Shane Meadows. The Jury said, “For an extraordinary and exhilarating rendering of a friendship found, the Narrative Feature Jury is awarding the Best Actor prize to this magical team.”

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Eileen Walsh won Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film for Declan Recks’ Eden [+see also:
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(Ireland), for “her exquisite rendering of a lonely wife aching to be seen and heard.”

Another Irish film – New Boy, directed by Steph Green – won Best Narrative Short. According to the jury, “New Boy took us on a complete emotional journey. It was moving, funny, and powerful.”

Irish Film Board Chair James Morris said, “Recognition in the form of major awards at key international film festivals is very important to the Irish film industry, as it raises the profile for smaller films and helps them sell to territories all over the world. We’re delighted that Irish film continues to gain international acclaim with new films building on the recent success of Once [+see also:
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, Garage [+see also:
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and Kings.”

Hüseyin Karabey won Best New Narrative Filmmaker for My Marlon and Brando (Turkey/Netherlands/UK) and Carlos Carcas won Best New Documentary Filmmaker for Old Man Bebo (Spain).

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