Danish documentary Bobbi Jene by Elvira Lind has scooped three major awards at the 16th Tribeca Film Festival in New York: Best Documentary, Best Documentary Cinematography, and Best Documentary Editing.
In Bobbi Jene, Elvira Lind follows American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she makes the decision of a lifetime. Bobbi returns to the US, leaving behind a loving boyfriend and a successful 10-year run as star dancer of the Israeli dance company Batsheva.
Lind intimately portrays Bobbi’s rigorous creative process as she starts afresh in San Francisco, while still working to maintain a long-distance relationship.
The jury said in their deliberation: “Fulfilling the promise of classic cinema verite, where camera serves as both observer and provocation, this film connected two artists, filmmaker and subject, pushing nonfiction intimacy to bold new places.”
“Our winner documents the deeply personal process of a brilliant woman finding her voice – paired with a director whose own artistic vision dances elegantly with that of her subject.”
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalisation of lower Manhattan following 9/11, and has since evolved into a destination for reimagining the cinematic experience.