Source: Tribeca Film Festival
The winners of the 2009 Tribeca Film
Festival's competition categories were announced tonight. The top
awards went to
Racing Dreams, and
Fixer: The Taking of Amjal Naqshbandi, and more
awards were handed out for the best Shorts (narrative, documentary, and student
visionary), the Best New York films (Here
Partly Private). Acting awards and several Special
Jury Mentions were also announced.
Co-founder Jane Rosenthal said, "I am delighted that we have awarded films from such diverse origins, helping to launch careers, establish names and tell stories that would otherwise not be told. I wish all of the filmmakers continued success and hope that they continue to bring their works back to Tribeca."
All winning films will screen at the AMC Village VII on Sunday, May 3. Click here for more information.
Best Narrative Feature: About Elly
Asghar Farhadi's Iranian mystery on the Caspian Sea captured the hearts of World Narrative Feature Jurors Bradley Cooper, Uma Thurman, Todd Haynes, Meg Ryan and Richard Fischoff: "The universality of the characters and themes and the director's riveting grasp of this story make About Elly a film that collapses barriers and deepens our understanding of the world we share." High praise, indeed, but fully merited.
Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi is one of the most respected and acclaimed Iranian filmmakers working today. About Elly, his fourth feature, recently earned him the Silver Bear (Best Director prize) at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. He's no stranger to festival success: his prior film, TFF '07 alum Fireworks Wednesday, won Best Feature at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2006, and his first two features, Dancing in the Dust and Beautiful City, also won significant awards at the Moscow, Warsaw and India International Film Festivals.
2009 | 119 min | Feature NarrativeCast & Credits
Primary Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Taraneh Alidousti, Mani
Haghighi, Merila Zarei, Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseini
Director: Asghar Farhadi, Iran
Screenwriter: Asghar Farhadi
Producer: Mahmoud Razavi, Asghar Farhadi
Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari
Director of Photography: Hossein Jafarian
Sound Mixer: Mohammad-Reza Delpak
Production Company: Simaye Mehr
Asghar Farhadi (b. 1972, Isfahan, Iran) took courses at the Iranian Young Cinema Society and started his career making Super 8 and 16mm films. He earned a master's degree in film from Tehran University in 1998. During his studies, he wrote plays for national radio and directed television shows like Tale of a City. Farhadi wrote the screenplay for Ebrahim Hatamikia's box office success Low Heights. His directing credits include Dancing in the Dust, Beautiful City, named best feature at the Warsaw and India film festivals, and the award-winning Fireworks Wednesday.
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