The Danish documentary Bobbi Jene has won three awards at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The film won Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Cinematography, and the film’s editor, Adam Nielson, won the Best Documentary Editing prize.

The jury of the Documentary Feature competition stated:

“In a diverse field of worthy films, one work captivated our jury with its exquisite blend of emotional depth and rigorous craft. Fulfilling the promise of classic cinema vérité, 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.“

Bobbi Jene is a love story that portrays the dilemmas and consequences of ambition. Bobbi Jene Smith held a coveted position in the world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company. In a bold move, she decides to leave Israel and head home to the United States. Back home, she struggles to maintain her long distance relationship and stand out in the incredibly creative industry.

Bobbi Jene is produced by Julie Leerskov and Sara Stockmann for Sonntag Pictures. It is currently screening at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

 

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.