The 12th Annual Tribeca FIlm Festival, which runs from April 17-28, has announced the lineup for their World Narrative, Documentary, and out-of-competition Viewpoints series, revealing 46 of this year's 89 feature-length films.
Each category of the festival will have its own opening night film, with each premiering on April 18. Writer-director Rachel Boynton's "Big Men," documenting the current state of Africa's oil companies and exec-produced by Brad Pitt, will open the Documentary competition while Lance Edmands' "Bluebird" will open the World Narrative competition. Meanwhile, the Viewpoints series, which focuses on "unique, personal stories and diverse filmmakers in international and independent cinema," will open with the documentary "Flex is Kings," directed by Deidre Schoo and Michael Nichols.
As previously mentioned, Tom Beringer's The National documentary "Mistaken for Strangers" will open this year's festival on April 17.
"Our competition selections embody the quality and diversity of contemporary cinema from across the globe," said Artistic Director of the festival, Frédéric Boyer. "The cinematic proficiency that harnesses this lineup is remarkable and we're looking forward to sharing these new perspectives, powerful performance, and multifaceted stories."
53 world premieres, 7 international premieres, 15 North American premieres, and 6 U.S. premieres will make up this year's lineup, with 113 directors presenting features at the festival. Stay tuned for the remaining 43 feature entries, as well as the short film entries, to be released tomorrow, March 6, and for more information visit the festivals website here.
Take a look at the full initial lineup below:
World Narrative Feature Competition
- Alì Blue Eyes (Alì ha gli occhi azzurri), directed
by Claudio Giovannesi, written by Filippo Gravino and Giovannesi.
(Italy) – International Premiere. Claudio Giovannesi’s award-winning
second dramatic feature captures one week in the life of
sixteen-year-old troublemaker Nader, who, despite his mother’s threats
and family’s insistence that he respect his Muslim roots, fights, steals
and pursues an Italian girlfriend. A stunning example of contemporary
Italian neo-realism, Alì Blue Eyes is an engrossing coming-of-age story about an immigrant who will stop at nothing to fit in. In Italian with subtitles.
- Before Snowfall (Før snøen faller),
directed by Hisham Zaman, written by Kjell Ola Dahl and Zaman. (Norway,
Germany, Iraqi Kurdistan Region) – International Premiere. Director
Hisham Zaman brings the moral crisis of honor killing front and center
in this dazzling, international drama. When his older sister Nermin
flees an arranged marriage, Siyar must atone for the slight. He tracks
her from Kurdistan to Istanbul, where a fateful encounter with a street
girl creates cracks in his resolve. Then Nermin escapes into Europe, and
Siyar must continue a search that will forever change his notions of
loyalty, dignity, honor and love. In Kurdish with subtitles.
directed and written by Lance Edmands. (USA) – World Premiere. On a
freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley (Amy Morton)
completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a
bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine
logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous
consequences. Co-starring Adam Driver, Margo Martindale, John Slattery,
Louisa Krause and Emily Meade, Lance Edmands’s absorbing feature debut
is a perfect encapsulation of the interconnectedness of life.
- The Broken Circle Breakdown,
directed by Felix van Groeningen, written by Carl Joos and van
Groeningen. (Belgium, Netherlands) – North American Premiere. Elise runs
a tattoo shop. Didier plays in a bluegrass band. When their daughter
Maybelle is born, their happiness is complete, until a tangle of
complications forces these two very different lovers to fight to save
their marriage. Belgian director Felix van Groeningen follows his
acclaimed Cannes entry The Misfortunates with this powerhouse melodrama
of star-crossed lovers laced with emotional bluegrass performances. In Dutch with subtitles.
- Hide Your Smiling Faces,
directed and written by Daniel Patrick Carbone. (USA) – North American
Premiere. During a hot summer in rural America, brothers Tommy (Ryan
Jones) and Eric (Nathan Varnson) are confronted with devastation as
death forces its way into their young lives. This stunning debut feature
explores the nature of the relationship between boys, as both violence
and support is encapsulated in quiet storytelling and breathtaking
photography. With incredibly sensitive performances by its two leads, Hide Your Smiling Faces packs a subtle but powerful punch.
- Just a Sigh (Le temps de l'aventure),
directed and written by Jérôme Bonnell. (France) – International
Premiere. In the short break between performances in Calais, stage
actress Alix (the stunning Emmanuelle Devos) makes a quick escape to
Paris. On the train she meets a mysterious English stranger (Gabriel
Byrne) and, for the most fleeting of afternoons, imagines what the
future could hold down a different road. With masterful performances by
its two acclaimed stars, Just a Sigh is an imaginative, lushly filmed Parisian romance from young and versatile director Jérôme Bonnell. In English, French with subtitles.
directed by Matt Creed, written by Amy Grantham and Creed. (USA) –
World Premiere. Nearing the end of her treatment for breast cancer, Lily
focuses on life with newfound clarity, reevaluating her relationship
with an older man and her feelings about her long-absent father. In
wandering through atmospheric New York City streets and lingering in
intimate, charged moments with Lily during this vulnerable period,
first-time director Matt Creed and actress Amy Grantham create a mature,
stylish character piece reminiscent of classic French New Wave.
- The Rocket,
directed and written by Kim Mordaunt. (Australia) – North American
Premiere. Set against the lush backdrop of rural Laos, this spirited
drama tells the story of scrappy ten-year-old Ahlo, who yearns to break
free from his ill-fated destiny. After his village is displaced to make
way for a massive dam, Ahlo escapes with his father and grandmother
through the Laotian outback in search of a new home. Along the way, they
come across a rocket festival that offers Ahlo a lucrative but
dangerous chance to prove his worth. In Lao with subtitles.
- Six Acts (Shesh Peamim),
directed by Jonathan Gurfinkel, written by Rona Segal. (Israel) – North
American Premiere. Naïve teen Gili is determined to improve her social
status by hooking up with her new school’s coolest guy. Afterwards, he
passes her off to his friend. Happy at first for the attention, Gili
soon finds her situation deteriorating, as this average girl is
increasingly consumed by a culture of oversexed teenhood. Director
Jonathan Gurfinkel questions conventional ideas of consent, exploitation
and complicity in this edgy and perceptive feature debut. In Hebrew with subtitles.
- Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,
directed by Sam Fleischner, written by Rose Lichter-Marck and Micah
Bloomber. (USA) – World Premiere. When autistic teen Ricky is scolded
for skipping class, he escapes into the subway for a days-long odyssey
among the subway’s disparate denizens. Meanwhile, his mother wages an
escalating search effort above ground. Based on a true story and set in
Far Rockaway, Queens, in the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy, these
parallel stories of mother and son take the viewer on a touching journey
of community and connection in and below New York City.
- Sunlight Jr.,
directed and written by Laurie Collyer. (USA) – World Premiere.
Quickie-mart employee Melissa (Naomi Watts) and paraplegic Richie (Matt
Dillon) are very much in love. Supported only by Melissa’s small hourly
wage, they are nevertheless thrilled to learn that Melissa is pregnant.
Then their situation deteriorates, and their tenuous financial situation
threatens to bring their happy life crashing down. Norman Reedus also
stars in this a moving romantic drama from Laurie Collyer, director of
the Golden Globe-nominated Sherrybaby.
- Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?,
directed and written by Arvin Chen. (Taiwan R.O.C.) – North American
Premiere. Straitlaced optometrist Weichung is finding the typical
married life difficult. Then he bumps into an old flame, setting off an
unexpected array of dormant emotions. Meanwhile, his sister Mandy flees
her sad sack fiancé, coping via food and the fantastical appearance of a
daytime soaps star on her couch. Arvin Chen’s sophomore feature is a
fresh and playful comedy about the odd realities of desire in a
traditional society and what happens when you seek a big change. In Korean, Mandarin with subtitles.
World Documentary Feature Competition
- Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys,
directed and written by Jessica Oreck. (Finland) – World Premiere. In
the forests of Finnish Lapland, brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki carry
on the generations-old tradition of reindeer herding. These modern
cowboys maintain an intricate bond with the environment that has allowed
them to preserve their lifestyle in one of the harshest climates
imaginable. Jessica Oreck’s intimate, gorgeously lensed documentary
follows the brothers for a year, sharing in the hard work, daily rituals
and small joys that make up life above the Arctic Circle. In Finnish with subtitles.
- Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution,
directed by Alex Meillier, written by Tanya Ager Meillier and Meillier.
(USA) – North American Premiere. Kirsty Sword Gusmão went to
Timor-Leste to document injustice in an area closed to Western
journalists. Over the next decade, she became the lynchpin that
sustained the nation’s harrowing struggle for independence and met the
man who would redefine the cause for which she was fighting. Using
astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier
presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a
new democracy in modern times.
- Big Men,
directed by Rachel Boynton, written by Rachel Boynton. (USA) – World
Premiere. For her latest industrial exposé, Rachel Boynton (Our Brand Is Crisis)
gained unprecedented access to Africa's oil companies. The result is a
gripping account of the costly personal tolls levied when American
corporate interests pursue oil in places like Ghana and the Niger River
Delta. Executive produced by Steven Shainberg and Brad Pitt, Big Men
investigates the caustic blend of ambition, corruption and greed that
threatens to exacerbate Africa’s resource curse. In English, Other, Twi with subtitles.
- The Genius of Marian, directed by Banker White and Anna Fitch. (USA) – World Premiere. Weaving past into present, filmmakers Banker White (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars)
and Anna Fitch immerse the audience in the daily life of White’s
mother, Pam. Her Alzheimer’s threatens to wipe out the memory of her own
mother, Marian, a celebrated artist who died of the same disease.
Beautifully edited, The Genius of Marian retraces both women’s lives to paint a complex and powerful contemporary portrait of motherhood, chronic illness and legacy.
- The Kill Team,
directed by Dan Krauss, written by Lawrence Lerew, Linda Davis and
Krauss. (USA) – World Premiere. In 2010, the media branded a platoon of
U.S. Army infantry soldiers “The Kill Team” following reports of its
killing for sport in Afghanistan. Now, one of the accused must fight the
government he defended on the battlefield, while grappling with his own
role in the alleged murders. Dan Krauss’s absorbing documentary
examines the stories of four men implicated in heinous war crimes in a
stark reminder that, in war, innocence may be relative to the insanity
- Let the Fire Burn,
directed by Jason Osder. (USA) – World Premiere. Jason Osder makes an
impressive feature film debut through his unbiased and thorough account
of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the
extremist African-American organization MOVE and Philadelphia
authorities. The dramatic clash claimed eleven lives and literally and
figuratively devastated an entire community. Let the Fire Burn is a real-life Wild West story absent the luxury of identifying its heroes by the color of their hats.
- Michael H. Profession: Director,
directed and written by Yves Montmayeur. (Austria, France) – World
Premiere. Over the past twenty-five years, director Michael Haneke has
established himself as a towering figure in modern cinema whose rigorous
focus on the craft of filmmaking has produced works of profound
artistry. This career-spanning documentary (gives unprecedented access
and) covers the body of Haneke’s work, offering insight into his
creative process through on-set footage and interviews with the man
himself and collaborators including Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert
and Juliette Binoche. In French, German with subtitles.
directed by Sean Dunne. (USA) – World Premiere. Oceana, West
Virginia—known as “Oxyana” after its residents’ epidemic abuse of
OxyContin—is a tragically real example of the insidious spread of drug
dependency throughout the country. Set against an abandoned coal mining
landscape to the melodies of Deer Tick’s haunting score, this
unflinchingly intimate documentary probes the lives of Oceana’s
afflicted and exposes the day-to-day experience of a town living in the
harsh grip of addiction.
- Powerless (Katiyabaaz),
directed by Fahad Mustafa, Deepti Kakkar, written by Mustafa. (India) –
North American Premiere. Would you risk your life to flip a switch? In
Kanpur, India, putting oneself in harm’s way to deliver electrical power
is all too common. Powerless sheds light on the opposing corners of
this political ring, from an electrical Robin Hood tapping wires for
neighbors to the myopic utility company whose failure to understand
economics forces it deeper into financial disarray. This vibrant exposé
gives a whole new meaning to the words “power struggle.” In English, Hindi with subtitles.
- Raw Herring (Hollandse Nieuwe),
directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich and Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich.
(Netherlands) – World Premiere. Every year millions of people look
forward to the first preparation of Hollandse Nieuwe, the popular snack
of raw herring from the North Sea’s spring catch. But how do you find
glory in the grueling pursuit of a once-iconic fish that even the queen
no longer accepts as definitively Dutch? Raw Herring celebrates
the cultural legacy maintained by Holland’s last great herring fishers
even as new trends and foreign competition threaten their way of life. In Dutch with subtitles.
- Red Obsession,
directed and written by David Roach and Warwick Ross. (Australia) –
North American Premiere. France’s Bordeaux region has long commanded
respect for its coveted wine, but shifts in the global marketplace mean
that a new, voracious consumer base in China is buying up this finite
product. Bordeaux both struggles with and courts the spike in demand,
sending prices skyrocketing. Narrated by Russell Crowe, Red Obsession is
a fascinating look at our changing international economy and how an
obsession in Shanghai affects the most illustrious vineyards in France. In English, Mandarin with subtitles.
directed by Matt Wolf, written by Jon Savage and Wolf. (USA) – World
Premiere. Teenagers did not exist before the 20th century. Not until the
early 1950s did the term gain widespread recognition, but with Teenage,
Matt Wolf offers compelling evidence that “teenagers” had a tumultuous
effect on the previous half-decade. Narrated by actors Jena Malone, Ben
Whishaw, Julia Hummer and Jesse Usher, this fascinating documentary
repositions the historical origin of teenagers and shows why those years
are more than just a stepping-stone to adulthood. In English, German with subtitles.