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Swedish film She Monkeys wins Tribeca prize

She Monkeys
Image caption She Monkeys is set in the world of women's equestrian acrobatics

A Swedish film about two teenage girls whose friendship turns to rivalry has won a top award at the Tribeca film festival in New York.

She Monkeys, directed by Lisa Aschan and set in the world of equestrian acrobatics, won the $25,000 (£15,000) prize for best narrative feature.

The judges praised the film for being "haunting, resonant, original and authentic".

Bombay Beach by Israeli director Alma Har'el won the best documentary prize.

Set in the desert by California's Salton Sea, the documentary shows its inhabitants and the ghost town that remains after the area was virtually abandoned by holidaymakers decades ago.

The documentary jury said the choice was unanimous for the film's "beauty, lyricism, empathy and invention". Director Har'el also collected a $25,000 prize.

Ramadhan "Shami" Bizimana won the award for best actor in the Rwandan and Australian film about genocide, Grey Matter.

Carice van Houten was named best actress in Black Butterflies, a drama based on the life during apartheid of South African poet Ingrid Jonker.

There was also a prize for British directors David Leon and Marcus McSweeney, who won best narrative short for their film, Man and Boy, starring Sherlock Holmes actor Eddie Marsan.

British writer and director Jerry Rothwell also won the best feature film prize in the online competition, voted for by visitors to the Tribeca website.

Rothwell also won a $25,000 prize for his film, Donor Unknown, about a woman's quest to find her biological father.

The jury this year included directors David O Russell and Atom Egoyan, and actors Paul Dano, Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Cera.

More than 5,000 films were submitted, including 93 feature films, 41 documentaries and 52 narrative fiction films.

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