Guto Parente triumphant at Tribeca

A Strange Path sweeps the International Narrative Competition Awards

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Tribeca Film Festival Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer with Taís Augusto, Lucas Coelho, Guto Parente and Ticiana Augusto Lima from A Strange Path accepting the Best Cinematography Award for Linga Acácio
Tribeca Film Festival Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer with Taís Augusto, Lucas Coelho, Guto Parente and Ticiana Augusto Lima from A Strange Path accepting the Best Cinematography Award for Linga Acácio Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At yesterday’s Tribeca Festival Awards ceremony at Racket, Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer announced the winners of the International Narrative Competition Feature Awards (selected by jury members Zazie Beetz, Brendan Fraser, Alfredo Jaar, Shirin Neshat, and Kate Siegel). Best Cinematography went to Linga Acácio for Guto Parente’s A Strange Path (Brazil); Screenplay to Guto Parente for A Strange Path; Performance to Carlos Francisco for A Strange Path, and for a Tribeca record of four honours the Best Film went to A Strange Path, produced by Ticiana Augusto Lima, and starring Lucas Limeira and Carlos Francisco with Tarzia Firmino, Rita Cabaço, Renan Capivara, and Ana Marlene.

Guto Parente’s A Strange Path took home four honours at the Tribeca Festival Awards
Guto Parente’s A Strange Path took home four honours at the Tribeca Festival Awards Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Levan Koguashvili’s Brighton 4th (Georgia) had won an impressive three awards, Best Film, Screenplay by Boris Frumin, and Actor Levan Tediashvili in the 2021 Tribeca International Narrative Feature Competition.

Jury comment on Best Cinematography: “The Winner in this category blew us away with the strength of their visual force. Cinematography that illuminates the narrative with not only the natural beauty of the location, but the psychological landscape of the lead.”

Guto Parente accepted the award with Ticiana Augusto Lima for Linga Acácio and was joined on stage by production designer/ editor Taís Augusto and sound designer/sound mixer Lucas Coelho: “Linga is not here with us now. It’s amazing to receive this prize. For us to be here in Tribeca for the film’s world premiere is already a big deal. Getting a prize like this, I’m sure Linga is going to be really happy about it.”

Ticiana Augusto Lima: Hello, I’m the producer of the film and I’m going to introduce you to the crew. This is Taís Augusto, the production designer, Lucas Coelho de Carvalho, the sound mixer, and Guto Parente the director. For sure Linga will love the prize. For us it’s really happy to win a prize with such wonderful words from the jury.

Jury comment on Best Screenplay: “A great screenplay is a combination of structure and poetry. Our award is going to a screenplay that gave us not only the grief of reconciliation but a joyful expression of absurdity.”

When Guto Parente comes out a second time for the screenplay award to thunderous applause, somebody shouts out “Brazil!”. In his acceptance he says “I had to learn to write scripts because I’m a director and wanted to make movies, so I wrote for myself and I’m so glad to be here. When I first had the idea for this movie it was the beginning of the pandemic. It was April 1 [2020], I can remember the moment.

Carlos Francisco as Geraldo in Guto Parente’s A Strange Path wins the Tribeca International Narrative Feature Best Performance Award
Carlos Francisco as Geraldo in Guto Parente’s A Strange Path wins the Tribeca International Narrative Feature Best Performance Award

“At that time I didn’t know that I would ever make a movie, because we were under a fascist government in Brazil that cut all the funds for culture and also having the pandemic thing going on. Yeah, we had this big combination. You also had it here, so you know what I’m talking about. At that point in my life I didn’t know what’s going to happen in the future, so I decided to make a movie for my dad. So that’s for him, thank you.”

Jury comment on Best Performance: “In a slate full of compelling performances, one radiated a magnetic realism. In a brief but essential turn, this actor balanced the nuances of humanity and demanded to be watched. We happily honour Carlos Francisco with Best Performance in an International Narrative Feature.”

Guto Parente accepted the award: “Carlos Francisco is one of the best actors in Brazil, it was a great pleasure to work with him and we learned a lot with him. He’s a great actor and a spiritual being. We shot the movie during the pandemic also, so everyone was very tense. There was this feeling that things could go wrong at any time and he was someone who was giving this peace-energy to us all. And he played my dad, so he’s my new dad now.”

Jury comment on Best International Feature Film: “In considering the International Narrative Feature Award, one film rose to the top with its surprising warmth and deeply compelling storytelling. We are honoured to present the best International Narrative Feature award to Guto Parente for A Strange Path.”

2023 Tribeca Festival Awards at Racket
2023 Tribeca Festival Awards at Racket Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Guto Parente and Ticiana Augusto Lima accepted the award: “This is kind of… it’s weird … is it some kind of multiverse thing? I want to thank you very much, Frédéric Boyer, because he watched the movie when we were in San Sebastián and he watched a work in progress. It wasn’t finished but he saw that the movie had something. I also want to thank all the other programmers who believed in the movie. I don’t care a lot about awards, I’m not very used to getting them. So I only realized who the jury was the day before yesterday. When I saw the jury I was like, if I get any prize from those guys that’s a big thing, so thank you so much. I hope the movie with this prize gets US distribution and you can all see it. And that’s it, guys!”

Ticiana Augusto Lima: “Just to say that we are representing so many people, our crew that are not here. To do A Strange Path was really a strange process. We shot in 2021, so we started the film with six people vaccinated and during the four weeks we were shooting 33 people vaccinated. So it’s big emotion for us, in a sad way to have people leaving …”

A Strange Path will be available for streaming on Tribeca At Home starting Monday, June 19 through Sunday, July 2.

The 22nd edition of the Tribeca Film Festival runs through June 18.

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