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Tribeca 2011: Swedish coming-of-age film 'She Monkeys' wins festival's top jury prize

April 28, 2011 |  5:17 pm

The Tribeca Film Festival has handed out its jury prizes, giving its top award, for narrative feature, to Lisa Aschan’s “She Monkeys.” The Swedish-language coming-of-age film centers on a complicated relationship between two teenage girls competing under intense pressure in the equestrian world.

The top male acting prize went to Shami Bizimana for his performance in Kivu Ruhorahoza's “Grey Matter,” a picture from Rwanda about a young filmmaker whose financing falls through but who watches his script come to life anyway. Dutch "it" girl Carice van Houten took home the actress award for her performance as Ingrid Jonker, known as the South African Sylvia Plath, in Paula van der Oest's 1960s-set apartheid drama “Black Butterflies.”

The prize for new narrative director went to South Korean filmmaker Park Jung-bum for “Journals of Musan,” his movie about a North Korean defector who has settled in South Korea. Screenplay honors, meanwhile, went to Norwegian Jannicke Systad Jacobsen for her offbeat sexual coming-of-age story “Turn Me On, Goddammit.”

On the documentary side, "Bombay Beach," Alma Har’el's stylized look at different personalities at the Salton Sea, won for documentary feature, and Pablo Croce won the award for new documentary director for "Like Water," his movie about UFC fighter Anderson Silva.

Tribeca juries are composed of a motley crew of film-world personalities, which this year included Rainn Wilson, David Gordon Green, Dianne Wiest and author Rula Jebreal.

The Tribeca Film Festival winds up this weekend, with audience prizes handed out on Sunday night. For a complete list of winners, see the Tribeca website.


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Photo: An image from "She Monkeys." Credit: Tribeca Film Festival.