"The Novice", the story of an LGBT college student, a big winner from Tribeca

New York, Jun 17 (EFE) .- The film "The Novice", which tells the story of an LGTBI university student who joins the rowing team of her university, won this Thursday as the great winner of the XX edition of the Festival from Tribeca, which will conclude this weekend.

"The Novice" (La novata, in Spanish), written and directed by Lauren Hadaway, has won three awards: the award for best fiction film, the award for best actress, for Isabelle Furhan; and the one for best photography, which went to Todd Martin.

The festival highlighted lead actress Furhan's "fierce performance" and Hadaway's "bold direction" creating "a visceral window into a ruthless world."

"An elegant cinematography and a seductive soundtrack complete the experience, evoking the romance and the danger of falling in love; the attraction, the drama and its consequences," noted the festival organizers, adding that Hadaway's debut, based on her experience personal as a competitive college t-shirt, "heralds a bold new voice in LGTBI narrative."

The best actor award went to Matthew Leone for his portrayal of a New York con man in the feature film "God's Waiting Room," directed by Tyler Riggs.

As the best script, the jury chose the comedy "Mark, Mary, and Some Other People", written and directed by Lauren Hadaway, which tells the story of a young couple who decide to explore the paths of an open romantic relationship.


In the documentary feature section, the winning film was "Ascension", directed by Jessica Kingdom and exploring "the Chinese dream", "the identity of contemporary China in relation to its vision of consumerism, innovation and social position" .

"The curious and observant lens of the film offers a hypnotic quality to its images and immerses the viewer in the stark differences between social classes and how the struggle of the working class is exposed when trying to realize the Chinese dream," they comment the festival organizers about the tape.

Kingdom was also honored as the Best New Director award.

In this category, the documentaries "The Kids", for their editing, and "All Three Sons", for the photography, were also awarded.


In the International Narrative section, "Brighton 4th", which tells the story of a Georgian wrestler who travels to Brooklyn (New York) to help his brother with a gambling debt, won the best foreign fiction feature film.

The film, "a story of survival interpreted with sensitivity and with equal doses of frivolity and seriousness", is the result of a Russian-Georgian co-production, is directed by Levan Koguashvili and starring Levan Tediashvili, who in real life competed as a wrestler in the Olympic Games.

Tediashvil also won the award for best foreign actor for his performance in "Brighton 4th", whose screenplay, created by Boris Frumin, was chosen as the best international screenplay.

The best actress award was shared by actresses Bassant Ahmed and Basmala Elghaiesh for their work in the Egyptian film "Souad", directed by Ayten Amin and which immerses itself in the life of a university student from deep Egypt and her internal debate between expectations put into it by their traditional education in the bosom of a middle class family and their social relationships through the internet.


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