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“The Rocket” won the Tribeca Film Festival’s top

“The Rocket” won the Tribeca Film Festival’s top awards. Credit: “The Rocket” won the Tribeca Film Festival’s top awards.

A small film about a 10-year-old boy from Laos won the top juried and audience prizes at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, capping off an impressive 11-day cinematic event where many of the most notable movies could be found away from the high-profile, glamorous spotlight.

“The Rocket,” in which that young boy enters a rocket contest to help his poor, displaced family won three awards in all — best narrative feature, best actor in a narrative feature (Sitthiphon Disamoe) and the Heineken Audience Award, voted on by audience members after each screening.

Other big winners included “The Kill Team,” which took home Best Documentary Feature. It’s about a platoon of U.S. Army soldiers accused of war crimes against Afghan civilians. Taking home the audience documentary award was “Bridegroom,” a deeply personal portrait of the same-sex marriage struggle about a man fighting to be legally recognized after his fiance dies. Bill Clinton introduced its premiere screening.

amNewYork’s Tribeca favorites include:

‘Whitewash’: A compelling drama in the grand snowbound tradition, starring Thomas Haden Church as a man fighting to survive the harsh Quebec winter after committing a crime.

‘Cutie and the Boxer’: This documentary tells the poignant story of the 40-year-marriage of Japanese artists and Brooklyn residents Ushio and Noriko Shinohara.

‘Lenny Cooke’: From Josh and Benny Safdie, this is a masterful doc centered on a superstar that never was, former high school basketball prodigy Lenny Cooke. This look at the burdens of unfulfilled dreams is the kind of discovery that Tribeca is, ultimately, all about.

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