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Tribeca Review: Best New Narrative Director Winner 'Manos Sucias'

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • April 28, 2014 5:17 PM
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Manos Sucias
Joseph Wladyka's "Manos Sucias" is one out of a dozen feature winners from this year's Tribeca Film Festival. It's a startling and authentic slice of harsh life of a forgotten corner of the world, and the jury's reasons for awarding it mention Wladyka's involvement in the community and the months of research he spent getting immersed in the environment in order to shine the most truthful light possible on it. But, even without that knowledge, experiencing "Manos Sucias" in its brief 80 minute running time is all the indication you'll need to know that the award for Best New Narrative Director was deserved. First features are rarely spotless, and Wladyka's is no exception, but with the help of two fierce performances and a savvy cinematographer, this feature will fool you into believing that you're watching a cleverly disguised documentary, and stir up the proper emotions.

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