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Tribeca Fest Unveils 65 Film Competition Line-up, Adds Two Competitive Sections

Tribeca Fest Unveils 65 Film Competition Line-up, Adds Two Competitive Sections

Tribeca Fest Unveils 65 Film Competition Line-up, Adds Two Competitive Sections

by Brian Brooks

Tribeca Film Festival executive director Peter Scarlet at the 2003 fest in Lower Manhattan. Photo credit: Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.

The Tribeca Film Festival unveiled the feature film competition slate for its 3rd annual event Thursday, with five competitive sections containing 65 films — 30 world premieres, six international premieres, 13 North American premieres and 10 U.S. premieres. Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff joined the event’s executive director Peter Scarlet in announcing the program. It includes the NY, NY Feature and Documentary sections in competition for the first time since the festival’s founding in 2002 to help the recovery of Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The New York Film Critics Circle will judge the NY, NY film competition. Complete competition lineups are posted below.

Other competitive categories include the Features (narrative) and Documentary Features sections, which are films made by first or second time feature directors. The “Documentaries > 2” section is for directors who have made more than two features, while the NY, NY categories include work from the New York area. Competition films are all at least U.S. premieres, according to Scarlet who spoke with indieWIRE after the line-up announcement Thursday afternoon. The narrative Features competition includes 14 titles, 12 of which are from overseas. “There are two American films in competition this year,” Scarlet told indieWIRE. “We worry about good films first and think about the flags (from the countries) where they come from afterward.”

European productions including projects from France and the U.K. weigh heavily in the features competition as well as work from Iran (“Abadan” by Mani Haghighi), China (“Green Hat” by Liu Sen Dou), Russia (“Last Train” by Aleksei German, Jr.), and even an Iraq/France production, “Zaman, the Man from the Reeds” by Amer Alwan.

The Tribeca Film Festival’s street fair on Greenwich Ave. as part of its festivities. Credit: Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE.

“A good film is the criteria,” commented Scarlet about competition films, when asked how a project qualifies for consideration, but he added, “They must be in the U.S. for the first time.” Scarlet continued, adding that Tribeca programmers made the decision to select only premieres for its competition categories because “that is what festivals do, [spotlight] new work.” But he said that the festival will also screen non-premieres in its other non-competitive sections, which will be announced later.

Tribeca’s Documentary Features category includes 12 films from around the world, while the Documentaries > 2 features 14 films from around the globe. The NY, NY competition line up includes 13 projects, 10 of which are world premieres as well as one North American premiere and two New York premieres (both of which are screening out of competition). The NY, NY Documentaries competition has 12 titles, with seven world premieres.

Organizers sifted through more than 3,300 submissions this year, up from about 2,400 last year. More than 150 feature films and 100 shorts will screen at this year’s event. The Tribeca Film Festival will take place in Lower Manhattan, primarily in the TriBeCa neighborhood May 1-9.

[Lineup information provided by the Tribeca Film Festival]

Narrative Features in Competition

“1/2 Price” (Demi-Tarif), directed by Isild le Besco (France) –
International Premiere

“Abadan,” directed by Mani Haghighi (Iran) – North American Premiere

“Blind Flight,” directed by John Furse (U.K- England.) – International

“Dear Frankie,” directed by Shona Auerbach (U.K.- Scotland) – World

“Freeze Frame,” directed by John Simpson (U.K.- Ireland.) – World

“Green Hat” (Lü Mao Tze), directed by Liu Sen Dou (China) – World

“A Hole in One,” directed by Richard Ledes (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Last Train” (Posledniy Poezd), directed by Aleksei German Jr. (Russia) –
North American Premiere

“The Other Side of the Street,” (O Outro Lado da Rua) directed by Marcos
Bernstein (Brazil, France) – North American Premiere

“Poster Boy,” directed by Zak Tucker (U.S.A) – World Premiere

“The Spectator,” (La Spettatrice) directed by Paolo Franchi (Italy) –
World Premiere

“A Touch of Spice,” directed by Tassos Boulmetis (Greece) – International

“Whore” (Yo Puta), directed by Luna (Spain) – International Premiere

“Zaman, the Man From the Reeds,” (Zaman, l’homme des roseaux) directed by
Amer Alwan (Iraq, France) – North American Premiere

Documentary Features in Competition

“Amelia,” directed by Édouard Lock (Canada) – U.S. Premiere

“Arna’s Children,” directed by Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel Danniel
(Israel) – U.S. Premiere

“The Beauty Academy of Kabul,” directed by Liz Mermin (U.S.A.) – World

“Crystal,” directed by Mania Akbari (Iran) – International Premiere

“Finding Eleazar,” directed by Paula Heil Fisher (U.S.A.) – World

“James Benning – Circling the Image,” directed by Reinhard Wulf
(Germany) – North American Premiere

“The Man Who Stole My Mother’s Face,” directed by Cathy Henkel
(Australia, South Africa) – U.S. Premiere

“Original Child Bomb,” directed by Carey Schonegeval (U.S.A.) – World

“The Prisoner of the Iron Bars – Self Portraits” (O Prisoneiro da Grade
de Ferro – Retratos), directed by Paulo Sacramento (Brazil) – North American

“Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus,” directed by Andrew Douglas (U.S.A,
U.K) – U.S. Premiere

“An Unreliable Witness,” directed by Michael McHugh (U.S.A.) – North
American Premiere

“The Way to the West,” (O dromos pros tin dysi) directed by Kyriakos
Katzourakis (Greece) – U.S. Premiere

Documentaries > 2 competition:

“Afghanistan, The Lost Truth,” directed by Yassamin Maleknasr (Iran) –
U.S. Premiere

“Alias Kurban Saïd,” directed by Jos de Putter (Netherlands) – North
American Premiere

“Delamu,” directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang (China, Japan) – World

“Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust,” directed by Daniel
Anker (U.S.A) – World Premiere

“In the Dark” (V temnote), directed by Sergei Dvortsevoy (Russia) – North
American Premiere

“A Labyrinth of Time,” directed by Frank Scheffer (Netherlands) – World

“The Master and his Pupil” directed by Sonia Herman Dolz (Netherlands) –
U.S. Premiere

“Nelson Freire,” directed by João Moreira Salles (Brazil) – North
American Premiere

“The Origins of AIDS,” directed by Peter Chappell and Catherine Peix
(U.K.) – U.S. Premiere

“People of Angkor” (Les Gens d’Angkor), directed by Rithy Panh
(Cambodia) – U.S. Premiere

“Rhythm Is It!,” directed by Thomas Grube and Enrique Sanchez Lansch
(Germany) – International Premiere

“Social Genocide” (Memoria del Saqueo) directed by Fernando E. Solanas
(Argentina) – North American Premiere

“The Wall” (Divareh Boland) directed by Manijeh Hekmat (Iran) – World

“Whose Is This Song?” (Chia e tazi Pesen?) directed by Adela Peeva
(Bulgaria) – New York Premiere

The NY, NY Features competition:

“2BperfectlyHonest,” directed by Randel Cole (U.S.A.) -World Premiere

“America Brown,” directed by Paul Black (U.S.A.) -World Premiere

“Brooklyn Bound,” directed by Rich Devaney (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Brother to Brother,” directed by Rodney Evans (U.S.A) – New York

“Cross Bronx,” directed by Larry Golin (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Duane Incarnate,” directed by Hal Salwen (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Homework,” directed by Kevin Asher Green (U.S.A) – New York

“Jailbait,” directed by Brett C. Leonard (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Late Watch,” directed by Henry Miller (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Men Without Jobs,” directed by Mad Matthewz (U.S.A.) – World

“The Time We Killed,” directed by Jennifer Todd Reeves (U.S.A) – North
American Premiere

“Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” directed by Roger Paradiso (U.S.A.) – World

“Winter Solstice,” directed by Josh Sternfeld (U.S.A.) – World

The NY, NY Documentaries competition section

“Another Road Home,” directed by Danae Elon (U.S.A) – U.S. Premiere

“Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating directed by
Danielle Franco and Chris Kenneally (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16,” directed by Paul
Cronin (U.K.) – North American Premiere

“Frames,” directed by Henry Corra (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Kill Your Idols,” directed by Scott Crary (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“The Last of the First,” directed by Anja Baron (U.S.A.) – World

“A Letter to True,” directed by Bruce Weber (U.S.A.) – New York

“My Uncle Berns,” directed by Lindsay Crystal (U.S.A.) – New York

“Resist,” directed by Dirk Szuszies and Karin Kaper (Belgium) – New York

“Sneakerheads,” directed by Israel (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Three Sisters,” Searching for a Cure directed by Joseph Lovett
(U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Tying the Knot,” directed by Jim de Sève (U.S.A.) – World

[Films marked (*) are screening out of competition.]

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