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.