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The 2023 Gotham Awards took place on Monday night, honoring the best in independent film and television. The star-studded event, held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, saw some of the industry’s biggest names come together to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the past year. Let’s take a look at who walked away with top honors at this prestigious awards ceremony.
Arguably the most important prize of the night, Best Feature, went to ‘Past Lives,’ directed by Kelly Reichardt. The film, which stars Greta Lee and Teo Yoo, is a semi-autobiographical picture that tells the story of two childhood friends from South Korea and the way their relationship changes over time as they both immigrate to the West.
In addition to winning this award, the film received two other nominations. Greta Lee was nominated for Outstanding Lead Performance and director Celine Song was nominated for Breakthrough Director.
The award for Best Documentary went to ‘Four Daughters,’ directed by Kaouther Ben Hania. ‘Four Daughters’ is an Arabic film that tells the story of Tunisian Olfa Hamrouni, whose two daughters disappeared after leaving Tunisia to fight alongside the Islamic State in Libya. The film highlights the bravery and resilience of Hamrouni and her family. It also calls into question the policies of Tunisia, which allowed Hamrouni’s daughters to go to Libya but didn’t allow her to go there to find them.
‘Four Daughters’ has been a hit among critics and casual fans, who gave it average ratings of 96% and 80% respectively on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
The Breakthrough Director award went to A. V. Rockwell for her film ‘A Thousand and One.’ The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, won the Grand Jury Prize at that event.
‘A Thousand and One’ follows Teyana Taylor as Inez de la Paz, a young New York City mother who decides to kidnap her son Terry out of the foster care system and try to raise him herself. ‘A Thousand and One’ was also nominated for Best Feature, and Taylor was nominated for Outstanding Lead Performance.
The award for Best Screenplay went to Justine Triet and Arthur Harari for ‘Anatomy of a Fall.’ The movie stars Sandra Hüller as Sandra Voyter, a writer trying to prove her innocence in her husband’s tragic death.
The film has already sold over a million admissions in France where it was produced, and it won the Palme d’Or and the Palm Dog Award at the Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered this May.
Outstanding Lead Performance
The award for Outstanding Lead Performance went to Lily Gladstone for her role as Tana in ‘The Unknown Country.’ The film, which premiered at South by Southwest last year, follows Tana as she travels across the country to her cousin’s wedding after the tragic death of a family member.
‘The Unknown Country’ has scored big with reviewers so far, and on review aggregator site Metacritic, it has an average rating of 91% from critics and 85% from other viewers.