Tribeca Film Festival: Our Audience Award Favorites

TFF 2015 Competition Collage

This coming April  at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival competition, the World Narrative and World Documentary Competitions will be presented in the following juried categories: Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, sponsored by AT&T; Best New Narrative Director (for first-time feature directors in any section); Best Actor in a Narrative Feature, sponsored by Citrin Cooperman; Best Actress in a Narrative Feature, sponsored by Citrin Cooperman; Best Screenplay in a Narrative Feature, sponsored by Freixenet Spanish Cava; Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature; Best Editing in a Narrative Feature; Best Documentary Feature; Best Editing in a Documentary Feature; and Best New Documentary Director (for first-time feature directors in any section).

One narrative film directed by or written by a woman with a film making its North American, International, or World Premiere will receive the Nora Ephron Award, sponsored by Coach, which recognizes a woman who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron. Two feature films—one narrative and one documentary—will be selected to receive the Audience Award, the audience choice for best feature film and that is what we are interested in the here the most at MoviefiedNYC.

The films playing in the World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Viewpoints, Spotlight and Midnight sections are all eligible. To catch up with all the entries please visit the Tribeca Film Festival site, below are some of our favorites at the blog.

World Documentary Feature Competition

Carlos in his '56 ThunderbirdPhotographer: Michael ColesHavana Motor Club, directed and written by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt. (Cuba, USA) – World Premiere. Reforms have offered opportunity in Cuba but the children of the Revolution are unsure of the best route forward. For a half-dozen drag racers, this means last-minute changes to their beloved American muscle cars, as they prepare for the first sanctioned race in Cuba since 1960. Punctuated by a lively Cuban soundtrack, Havana Motor Club offers a fascinating glimpse at the resilience and ingenuity of the competitive spirit. In Spanish with subtitles.

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Palio, directed and written by Cosima Spender and Co-Written by John Hunt. (UK, Italy) – World Premiere. In the world’s oldest horse race, the Palio, taking bribes and fixing races threatens to extinguish the passion for the sport itself. Giovanni, unversed in corruption, challenges his former mentor, who dominates the game. What ensues is a thrilling battle, filled with the intoxicating drama that is at the center of Italian tradition. In Italian with subtitles.

 World Narrative Feature Competition

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Meadowland, directed by Reed Morano, written by Chris Rossi. (USA) – World Premiere. Sarah and Phil’s son goes missing, shattering their life together and forcing each to find their own way to cope. Cinematographer-turned-director Reed Morano presents a masterfully crafted contemplation on a relationship strained to the breaking point. Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson capture the unraveling emotions with remarkable power, alongside Kevin Corrigan, John Leguizamo, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, and Merritt Wever.

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The Adderall Diaries, directed and written by Pamela Romanowsky. (USA) – World Premiere. Elliott (James Franco), a once-successful novelist inflicted with writer’s block and an Adderall addiction strives to escape his problems by delving into the world of a high-profile murder case. Amber Heard, Ed Harris, and Cynthia Nixon co-star in this adaptation of Elliott’s best-selling memoir.

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Sworn Virgin (Vergine Giurata), directed and written by Laura Bispuri, co-written by Francesca Manieri. (Albania, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Switzerland) – North American Premiere. As a young woman living within the confines of a Northern Albanian village, Hana longs to escape the shackles of womanhood, and live her life as a man. To do so she must take an oath to eternally remain a virgin. Years later, as Mark, she leaves home for the first time to confront a new set of circumstances, leading her to contemplate the possibility of undoing her vow. In Albanian, Italian with subtitles.

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The Wolfpack, directed by Crystal Moselle. (USA) – New York Premiere, Documentary. Everything the Angulo brothers know about the outside world they learned from obsessively watching movies. Shut away from bustling New York City by their overprotective father, they cope with their isolation by diligently re-enacting their favorite films. When one of the brothers escapes, the world as they know it will be transformed. A Magnolia Release.

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Lucifer, directed and written by Gust Van den Berghe. (Belgium, Mexico) – United States Premiere, Narrative. An angel falling from heaven to hell unexpectedly lands in a Mexican village where his presence affects the villagers in surprising ways. Inspired by the biblical story, Lucifer is a mesmerizing, moving, and unique exercise in form, presented in the director’s own format, Tondoscope. In Spanish with subtitles.

Midnight

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Scherzo Diabolico, directed and written by Adrián García Bogliano. (Mexico, USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.Armed with a fine-tuned chokehold and penchant for piano sonatas, a wearied accountant breaks his mild-mannered routine when he kidnaps a young woman. What starts as a carefully calculated plan soon crescendos into his worst nightmare. A delightfully twisted black comedy, Scherzo Diabolico is the latest opus from director Adrián García Bogliano. In Spanish with subtitles

Spotlight

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Dirty Weekend, directed and written by Neil LaBute. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Neil LaBute returns to Tribeca with this sharp-edged comedy treat about the ripple effects of desire, whether it’s followed or left unredeemed. Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve are wonderful together as colleagues with secrets who come to depend on each other for understanding as they go to find a spark of excitement in Albuquerque, after dark.

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The Emperor’s New Clothes, made by Michael Winterbottom & Russell Brand (UK) – International Premiere. Cinema’s prolific writer/director Michael Winterbottom and comedian/provocateur Russell Brand join forces in this polemical expose about inequality and the financial crisis. From London to New York the film combines documentary style, archive footage and comedy to explore how the crisis has gravely affected the 99% and only benefited the 1%.

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Rooftop Films 18th Annual Summer Series Kicks off its Opening Weekend

Rooftop Films’ 18th Annual Summer Series begins tonight at Industry City with live music featuring Alsarah And The Nubatones, films, and more live music at the after party. This Is What We Mean By Short Films will highlight some of the most exciting and original short films from around the world. Following the screening, Rooftop Films will get things pumping with their post-screening after party.

On Saturday, May 17, Rooftop Films will present a special sneak preview screening of the international festival favorite and upcoming A24 Films release Obvious Child, a subversive, modern-day romantic comedy from writer/director Gillian Robespierre. Following the film will be a Q & A with filmmaker Gillian Robespierre, and of course an after party with more music and fun. MoviefiedNYC will be on the rooftop checking things out for our summer movie fans



Rooftop Films 2014 Summer Series Feature Films Line-up
(For trailers, tickets, and venue, click on the film’s title)

Afronauts (Friday, May 16, 2014)

Friday, May 16, 2014 
THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN BY SHORT FILMS
An eclectic selection of dynamic short films the U.S and around the world.  


Saturday, May 16, 2014

OBVIOUS CHILD (Gillian Robespierre) Opening Weekend Film

Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern gets dumped, fired, and pregnant just in time for the best/worst Valentine’s Day of her life in this film festival favorite. Courtesy of A24 Films. 


Wednesday, May 24, 2014

COLD IN JULY (Jim Mickle) NY Premiere

Jim Mickle’s Sundance hit is an ostensible thriller-cum-revenge flick, harking back to 80’s b-movies and delicately crafted around a simple premise that turns out to be anything but. Courtesy of IFC Films.



THURSDAY MAY 22, 2014

WE ARE THE BEST(Lukas Moodysson) Special Sneak Preview

Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson’s (Show Me LoveTogether) raucous and ebullient film about three pre-teen outcasts who form an all-girl punk band. Courtesy of Magnolia Films.


Friday, May 23, 2014
THE INFINITE MAN  (Hugh Sullivan) New York Premiere
A man’s attempts to construct the ultimate romantic weekend backfire when his quest for perfection traps his lover in an infinite loop.


Saturday, May 24
You might know some of these people and places, but you’ve never seen them quite like this. Ours is a city full of eccentric tycoons, chain-smokers, hip-hop aficionados, prophetic panhandlers, terrible roommates and fearless cliff diversand we like it that way. It’s your city. 

Thursday, May 29
Rooftop showcases the poetic, humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking beauty of life lived in the wild as we kick off our screenings atop the country’s largest rooftop farm.

Friday, May 30, 2014
PING PONG SUMMER (Michael Tully) NY Premiere

The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy thirteen-year-old white kid who’s obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip hop. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when you’re treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you’re as funky fresh as it gets. Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

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AN HONEST LIAR (Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom)

By his own admission, James “The Amazing” Randi is a liar, a cheat and a charlatan, but only in the name of entertainment. After leaving home at the age of seventeen to join the carnival, Randi carved out a career as one of the most daring and celebrated magicians of the last century, amazing audiences with his inimitable sleight of hand and impressive feats of escapism. Yet as he grew increasingly disdainful of psychics, gurus and chanellers, he took it upon himself to debunk their supernatural claims, unveiling the simple trickery borrowed from Randi’s cherished art form which enabled them to dupe the masses. 


Friday, June 6, 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014
These fun and frantic short films—comedy, drama, animation, music videos—tell the twisted tales of terrified souls caught in inescapable situations, trapped inside the machine.

Friday, June 13, 2014
THE SEARCH FOR EMAK BAKIA (Oskar Alegria) NY Premiere
In 1926, the Surrealist artist Man Ray created an experimental film titled Emak Bakia, shot along a forgotten stretch of the Basque coast. Today, a filmmaker retraces Man Ray’s steps by foot, using chance and the wind to guide him in this poetic, indefinable documentary.


Thursday, June 19, 2014
THE LAST SEASON (Sara Dosa) NY Premiere

Sara Dosa’s insightful directorial debut introduces viewers to the world of mushroom hunters in Chemult, Oregon, charting the relationships that are cultivated between men and nature, and attesting to the power of families we create.


Friday, June 20, 2014
GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE  (Adam Rifkin ) NY Premiere
Using his trailer park neighbors and homeless friends, former child-actor Giuseppe Andrews (Independence Day, Detroit Rock City) has made 30 underground feature films for almost no money. This is the stranger-than-fiction story of him making his newest film, “Garbonzo Gas.” Winner of a Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grant. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

LIVING STARS (Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat) NY Premiere

Free screening. No script, no plot, just music and gyrating bodies. Living Stars is a sixty-minute dance party and everyone’s invited!

Friday, June 27, 2014

FIVE STAR (Keith Miller)

Free Show. In a blend of fiction and reality, Five Star explores the relationship between two men, Primo, a five star general in the Bloods, and John, a young man trying to decide whether gang life is the path for him. As Primo mentors John in the workings of the gang world, a secret threatens both men’s futures. Winner of a Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grant.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

SKANKS (David McMahon) NY Premiere

A small community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounts an original drag musical, “Skanks in a One Horse Town.” The cast of amateur performers bond to form a family of sorts while creating an unconventional show in the religion and football-obsessed south.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
THE DISOBEDIENT (Mina Djukic) NY Premiere

Running through life with wild abandon, lifelong friends Leni and Lazar set out on an improvised countryside bike trip. Like tiny tornadoes they whirl around rural Serbia resulting in the type of destruction that can only come from true, disastrous love.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

THANKSGIVING (Adam Newport-Berra) World Premiere

Alex & Amy are the perfect Brooklyn couple. They have a cat, a Thanksgiving table of bohemian friends, and a glowing future together. Yet the sudden holiday appearance of Amy’s mysterious brother Will quickly disrupts their idyllic lifestyle and calls into question what we’re truly “thankful” for.

Saturday, July 5, 2014
THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT (Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin)

Viktor Bout: Ruthless businessman and arms trader; The Merchant of Death; a man desperately hunted by the DEA and UN Arms investigators alike; friend and supporter of genocidal Congolese leader Jean-Pierre Bemba; an elusive figure who could not be photographed; home video enthusiast. As a young entrepreneur in the newly capitalist Soviet Union, Bout saw opportunity in a climate where desperation was high. While his countrymen were fighting in the streets for necessities as simple as food, Bout began importing basic and luxury consumer goods from the other side of the recently-crumbled iron curtain.


Thursday, July 10, 2014
HAPPY CHRISTMAS (Joe Swanberg) Special Sneak Preview

Anna Kendrick stars as a newly single woman who crashes with her brother and wreaks havoc on his household in Joe Swanberg’s delicate comedy, which also features energetic turns by Melanie Lynskey and Lena Dunham. Courtesy of Magnolia Films.


Friday, July 11, 2014

BROKEN HEARTED: TWISTED, ROMANTIC SHORT FILMS

A collection of short films that look at love from a different angle and gaze longingly into the darker corners of lust and love. Films include award the directorial debut of Rose McGowan.

Saturday, June 12, 214
KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER  (David Zellner) Special Sneak Preview

Austin-based filmmakers the Zellner brothers return to Rooftop with a touching absurdist odyssey starring Rinko Kikuchi as a Japanese woman who believes Fargo is a true story and ventures to Minnesota in search of the stolen money hidden during the classic Coen brothers film.


Thursday, July 15, 2014

DUSTY STACKS OF MOM AND DOC SHORTS


Wednesday, July 16, 2014
DEADLY PONIES GANG  (Zoe McIntosh) International Premiere

Clint and Dwayne are two of a kind. The kind that start a pimped-out pony gang (ponies replete with glitter, oversized sunglasses, and bling) on the edges of rural New Zealand. Riding through town the duo deals some drugs, tries to snuggle up to some ladies, and attempts a fundraiser for new teeth while learning the lengths people will go for their mates.


Friday, July 18, 2014

MATEO (Aaron I. Naar) NY Premiere

Part of Rooftop Films SXSW weekend. Matthew Stoneman, a “white guy” from New Hampshire, learned to play authentic and fluent Spanish songs while serving time in an LA prison for robbery. At once his worst enemy and greatest fan, this is the unlikely story of Matthew (Mateo) busking the streets, traveling to Cuba and attempting to record his newest bolero record (romantic Latin tunes).

Saturday, July 19, 2014
10,000 KM (LONG DISTANCE) (Carlos Marques-Marcet) Special Sneak Preview

Part of Rooftop Films SXSW Weekend

Separated by 10,000 kilometers, Alexandra and Sergi must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive. But with their realities no longer shared and the touch of one another gone, the technology that has supposedly brought the world closer together may just tear them apart.


Thursday, July 25, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014
No city in the world produces more independent films than New York City, with more films being made each year. This short film program showcases the energetic diversity of work being produced here in the capital of the indie film world, including Luke Meyer’s short documentary Unlocking the Truth.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
THE CASE OF THE THREE SIDED DREAM (Adam Kahan) Special Sneak Preview. Free Screening. Multi-instrumentalist, civil rights activist and worshipper at the church of dreams, Rahsaan Roland Kirk overcame blindness, paralysis and social injustice to fundamentally alter the landscape of jazz.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (Desiree Akhavan) Special Sneak Preview

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.


Friday, August 1, 2014
R100  (Hitoshi Matsumoto) NY Premiere

When a mild-mannered Japanese mattress salesman joins a hidden, mysterious S&M club that specializes in surprising its clients in public and applying sadistic, sexual torture in any place at any time he soon realizes the price for pleasure may be too high. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films.


Saturday, August 2, 2014
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (Ana Lily Amirpour) Special Sneak Preview
A mysterious female vampire haunts an Iranian ghost town and falls for one of its alienated locals in this fantastical black-and-white romance. Produced by Elijah Wood, the Sundance-acclaimed title is a daring, original take on the genre.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

FOREST OF THE DANCING SPIRITS (Linda Västrik) NY Premiere

Deep within one of the world’s last untouched rainforests lives the Yaka/ Mbendjele tribe, a group of hunter-gatherers from the Congo Basin, who are about to discover the Western world’s intense lust for “progress.” Beyond just an ethnographic study, award-winning filmmaker Linda Västrik imbues each lush frame with humor, heartbreak and vibrant storytelling.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
THE ONE I LOVE (Charlie McDowell) Special Sneak Preview

A married couple on the brink of separation escapes to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to salvage what’s left of their relationship. That’s about where normalcy ends in this highly original, dizzyingly bizarre directorial debut from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell. Courtesy of Radius-TWC.


A few more with dates yet to be announced

Pulp (Florian Habicht) Special Sneak Preview
One of the greatest bands to come out of the ‘90s is captured in this intimate and imaginative documentary, structured around Pulp’s final concert in their hometown of Sheffield.  Pulp is a music-film like no other–at once a concert film, a nostalgic look back at an iconic band, and a thoughtful and sweetly charming tribute to the hometown fans that fell in love with them. Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

She’s Lost Control (Anja Marquardt ) Special Sneak Preview
Part of Rooftop Films SXSW Weekend. Focusing on the life of a sex surrogate working in Manhattan, Anja Marquardt’s impressively assured directorial debut casts a penetrating gaze on the complexities of professional intimacy.

The Trip To Italy (Michael Winterbottom) Special Sneak Preview

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their roles as themselves in this follow-up to the acclaimed The Trip in yet another off-the-cuff food adventure. Six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri. Courtesy of IFC Films.


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MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated Films at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

The 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival starts this Wednesday, April 16, declaring this year is “A New York State of Film.” To celebrate, MoviefiedNYC is excited to share with you a few of our picks out of the over 140 films appearing in this year’s festival. So, here are some films we are looking forward to catching, and some we think you should check out during the next two weeks of the Tribeca Film Festival.


Myrna’s Most Anticipated

Der Samurai

Director: Till Kleinert  Stars: Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Uwe Preuss, Ulrike Hanke-Hänsch, Kaja Blachnik, Christopher Guy Kane, Janin Halisch, Ulrike Bliefert, Michael Fritz Schumacher.

Word has it that director Till Kleinert has a visually stunning, art house directing style, and the plot sounds insane!


Director: Jimmy Goldblum, Adam Weber.
This documentary sounds like an act of preservation to what will most likely be a lost art. 
Director: Ira Sachs Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, Manny Perez, Darren Burrows

Lithgow and Molina together!

Director: Kelly Reichardt Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard

I’m excited about anything coming out of the Reichardt camp. 

David’s Most Anticipated

Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios Cast: Tenoch Huerta, Ilse Salas, Leonardo Ortizgris, Sebastian Aguirre. 
Director Alonso Ruizpalacios first feature film is part road picture, part historical inquiry, and part quest film (McGuffin included). It’s well worth your time.

Dior and I

Director: Frédéric Tcheng Cast: Raf Simons, Anna Wintour, Sidney Toledano, Pieter Mulier.

It’s a fashion film and in New York City, fashion kids will stand in line twelve hours in advance to get their tickets. So, watch out kids, I’m stepping to the front of the line for this one to see Raf Simons and Anna Wintour.

The One I Love

Directed: Charlie McDowell. Cast: Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson.

Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass escape to a country retreat to save their marriage only to discover their better selves. Is it a rom-com, an adorable romp, or a delightful sci-fi comedy? I just don’t know, but I’m in. 

Marco’s Most Anticipated

Starred Up

Director: David Mackenzie, Cast: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend.

Starred Up is a brutally violent prison movie that redefines the word raw. It’s an absolutely thrilling, bloody, limb-snapping adventure into British prison life.

1971

Director: Johanna Hamilton.

1971 retells the intoxicating story of eight politically active American citizens who stole revealing FBI documents and leaked them to the press. The film reveals a heist that exposed first amendment violations by the FBI—a real nail biter.

Manos Sucias

Director: Josef Wladyka Cast: Cristian Advincula, Jarlin Martinez, Manuel David Riascos, Hadder Blandon.

Manos Sucias is an unembellished story of two young Colombian men on a deadly mission to deliver a torpedo filled with cocaine. It’s a clever and powerful glimpse into a petrifying world.

Venus in Fur

Director: Roman Polanski, Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric. 

Polanski, the master, has returned once again with a hilarious film based on David Ives’ 2010 play of the same title and the 19th century Austrian novella Legacy of Cain’s most popular volume, Venus in Fur. Get ready to laugh out loud!

Art and Craft

Director: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, co-directed by Mark Becker.

Art and Craft is a documentary that explores the complex world of skilled art forger Mark Landis. He spends his days meticulously copying varied works of art to then create imagined personas when donating the counterfeit pieces to museums throughout the United States. Art and Craft is an amusing, yet moving view into the life of an unbalanced man. 

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