Art and Experience: “Retouch” by Iranian director Kaveh Mazaheri was picked as the Best Narrative Short at the 16th Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, the organizers announced on Thursday.
“For its message of choice, liberty and renewal where the lines of morality and honesty are blurred, leaving the audience’s own projection of the events open for discussion and introspection,” the jury commented.
“We appreciated the unification of the aesthetic and the ethical,” the panel added.
The jurors of the Best Narrative Short and Best Animated Short categories were Udi Aloni, Brennan Brown, Gilbert Gottfried, Amy Heckerling, Sheila Nevins, Mark O’Brien and Jesse Plemons.
The film is about Maryam whose husband has an accident at home and, rather than saving him, she stops helping and watches him die.
Due to President Donald Trump’s temporary travel bans, Mazaheri was not able to attend the awards ceremony held at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Therefore, he spoke to the audience in a video.
He thanked the jury for selecting his movie as a winner and said, “This is a pity that I am not among you tonight and I cannot talk to you in person.”
“The reason that I am not there is because of Mr. Trump’s fascinating decisions and as the least consequence, my crew and I couldn’t get U.S. visas.
“… I would like to present it honorably to all immigrants around the world who are struggling for a better life.”
“Keep the Change”, written and directed by Rachel Israel, was selected as best U.S. narrative while “Son of Sofia”, written and directed by Elina Psykou, won the award for the best international narrative feature. The film was jointly produced by Greece, Bulgaria and France.
The award for best documentary feature went “Bobbi Jene”, a joint production of USA, Denmark and Israel directed by Elvira Lind.