Levan Koguashvili’s Brighton 4th wins big at Tribeca
by Kaleem Aftab
- The movie has scooped Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor on a great night for the Georgian-Russian-Bulgarian-Monégasque-US co-production
The 20th annual Tribeca Film Festival has announced the winners in the competition categories at this year’s awards ceremony, which took place at Spring Studios in New York City. It was a return to a physical event after last year’s awards were delivered online. The hybrid edition of the festival, where there were screenings in New York at outdoor venues for the public as well as online screenings for the industry, ended with three prizes going to Levan Koguashvili’s Brighton 4th [+see also:
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The touching film about the immigrant experience, represented internationally by Loco Films, about a former wrestler, played by Levan Tediashvili, who travels to New York’s Brighton Beach area to help his troubled son, won Best International Feature Film, while its star, Tediashvili, pocketed Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film. Screenwriter Boris Frumin, who also penned Koguashvili’s two previous narrative films, won Best Screenplay. The jury members were Lesli Klainberg, Melissa Leo, Delroy Lindo, Alexander Payne and Peter Scarlet.
The jury members were clearly enamoured by European films that showed off big cities from different perspectives. Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film was won by Elisabeth Vogler, who directed Roaring 20’s [+see also:
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The Best Actress gong in this category was shared by Bassant Ahmed and Basmala Elghaiesh, who star in Souad [+see also:
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Besides these three films, it was a poor night for European titles at the festival, as they failed to come out on top in any other category that the continent’s films qualified to compete in, including any of the documentary prizes.
Here is the list of award winners:
International Narrative Feature Competition
Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film
Levan Tediashvili – Brighton 4th
Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film
Boris Frumin - Brighton 4th
Best Documentary Feature
Ascension – Jessica Kingdon (USA)
Best Editing, Documentary Feature
Shannon Swan - The Kids (Australia)
Best Cinematography, Documentary Feature
Bing Liu and Joshua Altman – All These Sons (USA)
Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director
Jessica Kingdon - Ascension
Best Narrative Short Award
Girl With a Thermal Gun - Rongfei Guo (China)
Special Jury Mention
Leylak - Scott Aharoni, Dennis Latos (USA)
Best Animated Short Award
Navozande, The Musician - Reza Riahi (France)
Short Documentary Award
Coded - Ryan White (USA)
2021 Student Visionary Award
Six Nights - Robert Brogden (USA)
Selected other awards in categories with European films in contention:
Best New Narrative Director
Nana Mensah – Queen of Glory (USA)
Nora Ephron Award
Chanel James and Taylor Garron – As of Yet (USA)
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