The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival is kicking off tonight with the world premiere of Tom Berninger's The National doc "Mistaken For Strangers," leading into 10 days of fun with film in New York City. Indiewire will be on the scene for the duration, but figured we'd offer up a list of some of the films we're most excited to see before the fest stars.
Actor, screenwriter and director Scott Coffey returns with his latest film "Adult World" which blends humor and nostalgia as seen through the eyes of Amy (Emma Roberts), a post grad dreaming of a poetry career that will get her out of her boring small town but who's stuck working in a local sex shop. While Amy longs to learn from the reclusive writer Rat Billings, played by John Cusack, she finds inspiration and growth through the various relationships she develops at home. Post grad misery and a yearning for purpose through fulfilling work has shaped many in our generation and this film will be sure to resonate in funny and unexpected ways. [Cristina A. Gonzalez]
Italian director Michaelangelo Frammartino's wonderfully meditative "Le Quattro Volte" was a major discovery at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, where it premiered at Directors Fortnight, programmed at the time by current Tribeca Artistic Director Frederic Boyer. Thanks to that connection, Boyer has managed to lure Frammartino to Tribeca with his latest sensory experience, this one far more ambitious than the experimental, quasi-spiritual narrative of "Le Quattro Volte." Screening at MoMA's PS1 VW Dome, "Alberi" is a half hour peek at a small village in the souther of Italy where men cover themselves in ivy and become one with their forest surroundings. Suggesting the combination of tranquility and fantastical imagery associated with Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, "Alberi" looks like a promising hybrid of otherworldly storytelling and installation art. The film will play on a constant loop throughout the festival. [Eric Kohn]
"Ali Blue Eyes"
Claudio Giovannesi enters the film world with a dramatic experimental work in "Ali Blue Eyes" -- in which he cast non professional actors in hopes to allow their inexperiences translate to a new realism. The story is rife with cultural and political undertones -- the protagonist Nader is an immigrant teenager in Italy struggling with his identity and his entrance to adulthood. The film has already picked up a special jury prize at the Rome Film Festival and its raw nature and moving themes are sure to continue to surprise audiences. [Cristina A. Gonzalez]
Right off the bat, it's hard not to notice Phil Morrison's latest, one of the fest's major world premieres. The film is the long-awaited follow up to Morrison's beloved "Junebug," and additionally has some of the biggest star power on display at Tribeca this year with it's leads Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti.The two star as rival French-Canadian conmen who team up for a scheme involving selling Christmas trees on the streets of New York, with Sally Hawkins costarring. "Junebug" was one of the biggest hits at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and if this sophomore effort's set-up and great cast is any indication, "Almost Christmas," has a good chance of having a similar impact when it premieres at Tribeca on April 18. [Cameron Sinz]