Guillermo Pfening, the star of Julia Solomonoff’s gorgeous drama Nobody’s Watching (Nadie nos mira), took home the prize for Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards on Thursday night.
Alessandro Nivola and Willem Dafoe presented the visibly emotional Argentine actor with the award on behalf of the jury, “For a performance of extraordinary vulnerability and commitment that anchored the film.”
Solomonoff’s melancholy story centers on Nico, an undocumented out-of-work actor hustling to survive in New York City while avoiding calls from the man he had an affair with back in Bueno Aires.
This marks the second year in a row that an Argentino wins in this category. Alan Sabbagh of El rey del Once (The Tenth Man) received the same honor in 2016.
Venezuelan director Marianne Amelinckx received a special mention for her short film Salta (Dive) from the jury for the Student Visionary Award. They called her film: “visceral, deeply moving, meditative and exquisitely constructed” and “a nuanced examination of love and moving on after grief.”
Moviegoers get one last chance to catch Nobody’s Watching on Sunday, April 30 when screenings of the award–winning films will take place throughout the final day of the festival.
Tribeca’s Audience Awards will be announced on Friday, April 29.