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Iranian Drama Triumphs at Tribeca Film Festival

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May 01, 2009 | 5:04am EDT

An Iranian drama has walked away with the top honor at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. 

About Elly was named Best Feature Film on Thursday at the annual prize-giving ceremony, held in New York, while Racing Dreams, which tells the story of three young racing enthusiasts who hope to grow up to be NASCAR drivers, took home Best Documentary Feature. 

Ciaran Hinds triumphed in the Best Actor category for his role as a widower in The Eclipse, and Best Actress went to Zoe Kazan for The Exploding Girl.

Jurors on the panel at Robert De Niro's movie event included such stars as Meg Ryan, Uma ThurmanMary-Kate Olsen and Whoopi Goldberg.

The festival's audience award winner will be announced on Saturday evening.

The main list of winners is as follows:

Best Actor - Ciaran Hinds

Best Actress - Zoe Kazan

Best Feature Film - About Elly

Best Feature Documentary - Racing Dreams

Best Narrative - Here and There

Best Documentary - Partly Private

Best New Narrative Filmmaker - Rune Denstad Langlo for North

Best New Documentary Filmmaker - Ian Olds for Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi

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