In a year with plenty of rom-coms and superhero flicks, it was the tales of young people taking on highly serious subjects that won out at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The top film award went to Kim Nguyen’s War Witch, also a highly successful film at this year’s Berlinale. War Witch, which was filmed in the Republic of Congo, centers on a 14-year-old girl named Komona (Rachel Mwanza) who is telling her unborn child about how she became a rebel soldier in an unnamed conflict and fell in love with Magician, a fellow young soldier. Mwanza, who also took home best actress at the Berlinale, won the same title at Tribeca.
Una Noche, Lucy Mulloy’s film about teenagers in Cuba who decide to defect to America to escape their hardships, won awards for best actor (a shared win for Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nunez Florian) and best cinematography. In an unfortunate turn of events, Florian and another star of the film, Analin Rua de la Torre, went missing during a layover in Miami en route to the festival. Arrechada attended and accepted; the festival still hasn’t heard anything from the actors.
Other films shown at Tribeca include Julie Delpy’s sequel 2 Days In New York, in which Delpy and Chris Rock play the romantic leads, and which Ology suggested could be better than its predecessor; the Chris Colfer-penned Struck By Lightning and the much-hyped The Avengers, which premieres tomorrow.
Watch the moving, musical trailer for War Witch and an interview with Una Noche director Lucy Mulloy, below: