The 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival will be kicking off in a bit of a different fashion than usual when it begins on April 17th, as the just-announced opening film on the 2013 slate is Tom Berninger’s (not Berenger) documentary on his brother Matt’s band The National, “Mistaken for Strangers”.
The screening, which will be followed by an exclusive musical performance by the band, is certainly a departure from previous years’ high profile studio films such as last year’s opener Nicholas Stoller’s wedding comedy “The Five Year Engagement.”
The film, which takes its name from a song on the 2007 album “Boxer,” chronicles the band on tour and “is a hilarious and touching look at two very different brothers, and an entertaining story of artistic aspiration.” The film was executive produced by Oscar nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry (“If A Tree Falls”), who notably uses the bands’ music in his films. (That’s the band’s frontman and his brother above, with Tom on the right looking very much like Tim Heidecker in “The Comedy.”)
The upcoming festival runs from April 17th to April 28th, so you can expect the full slate to be announced soon.