Iran's 'About Elly' tops Tribeca


The Tribeca Film Festival has handed out its jury prizes, bestowing its best narrative feature award on Iranian Asghar Farhadi's "About Elly" and best documentary feature on Marshall Curry's "Racing Dreams."

Farhadi's tale examines a group of upper-middle-class Iranians on a seaside vacation and the relationships that form among them. Curry looks at competitive Go-Kart racing among young people who dream of racing cars professionally.

The festival gave its best new narrative filmmaker prize to Norway's Rune Denstad Langlo, who directed "Nord," about a skier who has become a recluse, and its best new doc filmmaker award to Ian Olds, whose "Fixer" looks at the killing of an Afghani translator.

Best actor in a feature went to Ciaran Hinds for his role as a pensive widower in "The Eclipse." Zoe Kazan took best actress for her starring role in the John Hughes-esque coming-of-age dramedy "The Exploding Girl."

The festival handed out its jury prizes Thursday night at an event hosted by Gideon Yago at the Union Square Ballroom in Manhattan. Audience awards will be announced Saturday.

The jury also gave a special mention to the Israeli anti-Semitism doc "Defamation" and a separate set of prizes in New York categories, with Darko Lungulov's "Here and There" and Danae Elon's "Partly Private" winning best feature and doc, respectively. (partialdiff)