The 10th anniversary edition of the Tribeca Film Festival is drawing near, with the event kicking off April 20th and continuing through May 1st. indieWIRE is again spotlighting emerging (and some veteran) filmmakers screening new work in this year’s festival, with a focus on TFF’s Narrative Feature Competition, World Documentary Competition and its new Viewpoints sidebar, which the festival describes as a “snapshot of international independent cinema that immerses audiences in distinctive perspectives.”
Continuing with three new filmmaker interviews for Wednesday (in addition to iW’s first three from Tuesday) are interviews with directors Mila Turajlic (“Cinema Komunisto” – World Documentary); Jannicke Systad Jacobsen (“Turn Me On, Goddammit!” – World Narrative Competition); and Gaukur Úlfarsson (“Gnarr” – Viewpoints).
Soon after Tribeca unveiled its 2011 lineup, indieWIRE invited directors screening their work in Tribeca’s narrative, doc and Viewpoints sections to talk about their work in their own words. Get to know this year’s crop of filmmakers by learning about their projects from the people who know it first-hand.
A snapshot of Wednesday’s three featured interviews:
Turajlic’s “Cinema Komunisto” follows the story of Leka Konstantinovic, who for 32 years was the personal film projectionist for Yugoslavian president and noted film enthusiast Josip Broz Tito. Comprised of interviews with Konstantinovic and other important figures in the brief but glowing history of Yugoslavian cinema, as well as archival clips from more than 60 films, “Cinema Komunisto” is a vibrant, fascinating celebration of a film industry — and a nation — that no longer exists. “At the same time as I was losing my faith in political activism as a way of reaching out to people, I discovered the world of documentary film, which led me to re-evaluate my entire outlook on life and creativity,” Turajlic told iW about her foray into filmmaking.
Jacobsen’s “Turn Me On, Goddammit!” centers on Alma, a small-town teenager with an active imagination and an even more active libido. After a titillating but awkward encounter with school heartthrob Artur turns her into a social outcast, Alma is desperate to move out of town and on with her life. “I read the novel written by Olaug Nilssen (which the script is based on) and really liked the story’s vivid and real to life characters and the ‘Twin Peaks’-ish, lonely environment it was set in,” noted Jacobsen.
Úlfarsson’s “Gnarr” turns the lens to Icelandic comedian Jon Gnarr, who after his country’s economic meltdown launches his own political party, The Best Party. His platform? Free trips to Disneyland, more polar bears at the zoo, and refusing to work with anyone who doesn’t watch “The Wire.” “I wanted to have it pure action, as in no interviews and no help graphics,” noted Úlfarsson. ” [I wanted to] make it a bit like the early day documentaries like ‘Don’t Look Back’ and ‘Salesman.'”
Wednesday’s full-length 2011 Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews in their own words (4/5):
iW’s Tuesday Tribeca Film Festival interviews (4/4):