Awards to Bridgend and Democrats in Tribeca

AWARDS. Jeppe Rønde's "Bridgend" and Camilla Nielson's documentary "Democrats" receive top awards at Tribeca Film Festival. Dagur Kári's Icelandic-Danish co-production "Virgin Mountain" was also awarded at the festival.

The winners of the World Narrative and Documentary Narrative competitions at Tribeca Film Festival were announced Thursday.

Jeppe Rønde's feature film debut Bridgend received three awards in the Narrative category: Olivier Bugge Coutté (editor on Joachim Trier's "Louder Than Bombs", selected for Cannes 2015) for Best Narrative Editing, Magnus Nordenhof Jønck for Best Cinematographer and Hannah Murray for Best Actress. "Bridgend," based an a wave of teenage suicides in South Wales, world premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival and received a Special Mention at the festival in Gothenburg, both in January.

Read the interview United in Death with director Jeppe Rønde.

Camilla Nielsson's Democrats won the award for Best Documentary Feature. The film received two awards at CPH:DOX and screened at IDFA and Gothenburg. The film, about how Zimbabwe got its new constitution, continues its festival tour with future screenings in Toronto, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Münich and Warsaw.

Read the interview On the Road to Democracy with director Camilla Nielsson.

The short fiction Listen by Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni received the award for Best Narrative Short. "Listen" was made under the Nordic Factory umbrella, an initiative spotlighted at Cannes 2014, and  is nominated for Best European Short at the European Film Awards 2015.

Read about Nordic Factory and the people behind the initiative.

Dagur Kári's Icelandic-Danish co-production Virgin Mountain received no less than three awards in the World Narrative competition, one of them being The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature. The other two awards went to Dagur Kári for Best Screenplay and Gunnar Jónsson for Best Actor, awarded for his performance as the film's main character, 43-year-old Fúsi who still lives at home with his mother.

"Virgin Mountain" is co-produced by Nimbus Film's Mikkel Jersin and Bo Ehrhardt, who are also co-producers on Joachim Trier's "Louder than Bombs," selected for Competition in Cannes.

Tribeca Film Festival / 15-26 April