Israeli film wins grand prize at Stony Brook Festival

Published: August, 2, 2009



"For My Father," an Israeli movie about a Palestinian on a suicide mission and a Jewish girl he befriends, won the grand prize at the Stony Brook Film Festival on Saturday night.

The subtitled Hebrew and Arabic film won over two festival favorites: "Like Dandelion Dust," starring Mira Sorvino, the audience choice winner making its New York debut, and "Tickling Leo," the world premiere jury winner directed by Jeremy Davidson, whose pregnant wife-producer, Mary Stuart Masterson, accepted the award after arriving late by Zipcar when her ride broke down in Brooklyn.

"My husband's shooting 'Army Wives.' One for the mortgage and one for the art," Masterson said, referring to "Leo" as the art film.

Winners for best short in the 10-day festival, attended by audiences of 1,000-plus for each screening, were "True Beauty This Night," the jury winner, and "In the Dark," the audience pick.