'Zero Motivation' Wins Top Prize At 2014 Tribeca Film Festival



The darkly comedic “Zero Motivation” won the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, the Tribeca Film Festival's top jury prize, at a ceremony hosted by NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan in New York City Thursday night. The Israeli film, which follows roughly a year in the life of a group of women serving mandatory military service in a remote administration office, is director Tayla Lavie's first feature.

At the center of “Zero Motivation” is a love-hate friendship between the delusional Daffi, who is desperate to be reassigned to offices in Tel Aviv, and Zohar, a wisecracking virgin with an ingenious and terrifying aptitude for revenge. The young women “must find their place and establish their identity in a world dominated by men and machismo. They do so with humor, strength and intellect,” the Tribeca jurors said in a statement. “The filmmaker mirrors these same qualities. We believe a new, powerful voice has emerged.”

“Zero Motivation” also won the Nora Ephron Prize, which is awarded to the outstanding female director. Each honor comes with a $25,000 cash prize.

The Best Documentary Feature award went to Marshall Curry's “Point and Shoot,” which profiles a young Baltimore native who finds himself on the front lines of the 2011 Libyan revolution – and in solitary confinement. Paul Schneider won Best Actor in a Narrative Feature for his turn as a suddenly divorced father in Angus McLachlan's “Goodbye To All That,” and Valeria Bruni Tedeshi won the Best Actress in a Narrative Feature award for her leading role in “Human Capital.”

For a complete list of winners, visit the Tribeca Film Festival website.

The Tribeca Film Festival Audience Awards will be announced on Saturday, April 26.

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