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Tribeca Film Festival 2011 Top Honors Go To 'She Monkeys', 'Bombay Beach'

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TRIBECA WINNERS

NEW YORK -- The intense Swedish equestrian film "She Monkeys" and the poetic California documentary "Bombay Beach" took top honors Thursday at the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival.

Lisa Aschan's "She Monkeys" won the best narrative feature award. The film follows the competitiveness between two teenage girls on a young women's equestrian acrobatics team.

The category's jury called it "haunting, resonant but never posed" in which "conventional shots become dangerous."

"Bombay Beach" won best documentary feature. It's a stylized film about stray characters living in the California desert by the Salton Sea. Directed by Alma Har'el, it features music by Bob Dylan and Beirut.

The documentary jury said the choice was unanimous for the film's "beauty, lyricism, empathy and invention."

Ramadhan Bizimana took best actor for his performance in the Rwandan film "Grey Matter." Carice van Houten won best actress for her performance as South African poet Ingrid Jonker in "Black Butterflies."

The awards were announced at a ceremony Thursday night. The festival runs through Sunday.

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