The Colombian-American film Manos Sucias by Josef Wladyka and the Mexican film Güeros by Alonso Ruizpalacios were among the winners of the 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, as it was announced this evening.
Wladyka was the winner of the Best New Narrative Director prize in the Emerging Competition category. The jury composed by Jeff Goldblum, Nadine Labaki, Dorothy Lyman, Adepero Oduya and Mickey Sumner said in a statement: “We have chosen a filmmaker whose journey should truly be an (is an) example to all of us about the commitment to the process of researching and developing a film. Not only did this director spend several years immersed in a marginalized community in order to tell the story in the most truthful way possible, he impacted and contributed to that community. We felt this film was an eye and mind opener, that transported us to a different place, stimulating our thinking, allowing us to meditate on the relationship between violence and circumstance.” The award comes with a cash prize of $25,000 and $50,000 in post-production services.
Mexican director Ruizpalacios received a Special Jury Mention for Best Narrative Director for his debut feature film Güeros. The film's Director of Photography Damián García was presented with the award for Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film. The jury composed by Lake Bell, Steve Conrad, Brat Freundlich, Catherine Hardwicke and Ben Younger said that "The film perfectly captured the energy and hope of the youth in its nation’s capital." The award comes with a cash prize of $5,000 and $50,000 in post-production services.
The 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival runs April 16-27 in New York City.