Israeli director Talya Lavie has become the toast of this year’s (14) Tribeca Film Festival after picking up two major awards for her comedy Zero Motivation. The movie, about a unit of young Israeli soldiers, was named Best Narrative Feature and the winner of the Nora Ephron Prize, which honours the work of female filmmakers, at a gala in New York on Thursday night (24Apr14).
Paul Schneider and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi picked up acting prizes for their roles in Goodbye to All That and Human Capital, respectively, and the Best Screenplay (Narrative) was handed to Guillaume Nicloux for his work on The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, which also earned the Special Jury Mention. Meanwhile, Marshall Curry claimed the Best Documentary Feature prize for Point and Shoot, and Alan Hicks picked up the Best New Documentary Director title for Keep On Keepin’ On, about the relationship between jazz legend Clark Terry and a young blind piano prodigy.
The winners of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Awards were chosen by 33 jury members, including Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Lake Bell, Toni Collette and directors Catherine Hardwicke and Gary Ross. In total, the juries handed out $150,000 (£93,750) in prize money. The film festival wraps up on Sunday (27Apr14).