Rounding Up Tribeca Film Festival

Rounding Up Tribeca Film Festival

Rounding Up Tribeca Film Festival

Some of the world's best films are shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in the hopes of nabbing a juried award. Find out who won here.

Some of the world's best films are shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in the hopes of nabbing a juried award. Find out who won here.

Text: Julian Wright

With the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival coming to a close last night, V take a look at some of the winners from this year's selects.

Best U.S. Narrative Feature: Burning Cane

Burning Cane was directed by the film festival's youngest ever director, Phillip Youmans. Youmans is currently a freshman at NYU and has debuted his second-ever film at Tribeca to critical acclaim. Burning Cane follows the stories of a few struggling individuals in a small, Louisianian town. Not only did Youmans make history with being the youngest entrant in TFF's history, his film took home the top honor and a sweet $20,000 prize. The film also received recognition for Best Actor (Wendell Pierce) and Cinematography.

Best International Narrative Feature: House of Hummingbird

House of Hummingbird, hailing from Korea, is translated from the film's original name, Beolsae. The movie is Bora Kim's first full-length film serving as director, making her accolade at Tribeca all the more special. House of Hummingbird is a coming-of-age drama centering around an 8th grader plagued by an unhappy home atmosphere and problems at school. The film is semi-autobiographical, largely based in Kim's childhood experience. Kim created a movie that captured the jurors at Tribeca, transcending the limitations of language.

Best Documentary Feature: Scheme Birds

Scheme Birds is a documentary about teens in Scottish housing projects. The film's central character, Gemma, experiences familial conflict following a pregnancy from her violent boyfriend. Variety's Guy Lodge described Scheme Birds as "an alternately lyrical and gut-punching coming-of-age study." Also a debut for directors Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin, their film's style reminded critics of filmmaker Andrea Arnold, who won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film in 2005.

Audience Award - Narrative: Plus One

Starring Jack Quaid and Pen15's Maya Erskine, Plus One is a journey into a wedding-filled summer and a pair of friends' pact in being one another's date. Though critics were mixed on the film's merits, audiences left with an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction. Not all critical reviews were mediocre: Variety's Nick Schager called it a "winning film", focusing on Erskine's performance as an energy booster.

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