Tribeca Film Festival unveils narrative and documentary selections
The Israeli drama "Yossi" and the Canadian documentary "The World Before Her" will open the narrative and documentary competitions at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, April 18-29, in Lower Manhattan. In addition to naming the 12 selections in each of those categories on Tuesday, the festival unveiled the films for its noncompetitive Viewpoints program, which focuses on personal stories.
"Yossi," directed by Etyan Fox, is about a closeted gay man living in solitude in Tel Aviv whose yearning for a more fulfilling life is sparked by a chance encounter with a group of soldiers. "The World Before Her," directed by Nisha Pahuja, explores how the contrasting worlds of the Miss India beauty pageant and a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, above, reflect the complex perceptions of and opportunities available to contemporary Indian women.
Other narrative selections include the Argentinian film "All In," about a professional poker player reuniting with an old flame, and the Indonesian film "Postcards From the Zoo," a dreamlike tale about a girl who was raised in a Jakarta zoo and ventures out into the outside world. The documentary section includes "Downeast," about a Maine town hit hard by the closure of a sardine canning factory, and "High Tech, Low Life," which explores Internet censorship and citizen reporting in China.
The Viewpoints films include "The Fourth Dimension," which comprises three short films by Harmony Korine, Alexey Fedorchenko and Jan Kwiecinski, and "Francophrenia," an experimental thriller by Ian Olds and James Franco.
Selections for the festival hail from 32 countries and were curated by a new programming team including Cannes Film Festival veteran Frederic Boyer, who was hired in November, and Geoffrey Gilmore, who is the chief creative officer at parent company Tribeca Enterprises and is taking a more hands-on role in the festival.
Last week, Tribeca announced that the Jason Segel marriage comedy "The Five-Year Engagement" will kick off the festival. The competitions begin the following day.
Founded by Robert De Niro and producing partner Jane Rosenthal in 2001, the festival has helped launch such independent films as "Transamerica" and "Let the Right One In."
The full list of this year's narrative, documentary and Viewpoints films follows. The rest of the feature-film lineup, including the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, will be named Thursday.
"All In" (La Suerte en Tus Manos), directed by Daniel Burman. (Argentina)
"Beyond the Hill" (Tepenin Ardi), directed by Emin Alper. (Turkey, Greece)
"First Winter," directed by Benjamin Dickinson. (USA)
"The Girl," directed by David Riker. (USA, Mexico)
"Jack and Diane," directed by Bradley Rust Gray. (USA)
"Nancy, Please," directed by Andrew Semans (USA)
"Postcards From the Zoo" (Kebun Binatang), directed by Edwin. (Indonesia)
"Una Noche," directed by Lucy Mulloy. (Britain, Cuba, USA)
"Unit 7" (Grupo 7), directed by Alberto Rodriguez. (Spain)
"War Witch" (Rebelle), directed by Kim Nguyen. (Canada)
"While We Were Here," directed by Kat Coiro. (USA)
"Yossi" (Ha-Sippur Shel Yossi), directed by Eytan Fox. (Israel)
World Documentary Feature Competition
"Ballroom Dancer," directed by Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoed. (Denmark)
"Downeast," directed by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin. (USA)
"Fame High," directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. (USA)
"The Flat" (Ha-dira), directed by Arnon Goldfinger. (Israel, Germany)
"High Tech, Low Life," directed by Stephen Maing. (USA, China)
"The List," directed by Beth Murphy. (USA)
"Off Label," directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. (USA)
"Planet of Snail," directed by Seung-Jun Yi. (South Korea)
"The Revisionaries," directed by Scott Thurman. (USA)
"The Virgin, the Copts and Me" (La Vierges, les Coptes et Moi), directed by Namir Abdel Messeeh. (France, Qatar)
"Wavumba," directed by Jeroen van Velzen. (Netherlands)
"The World Before Her," directed by Nisha Pahuja. (Canada)
"Babygirl," directed by Macdara Vallely. (Ireland, USA)
"Benji," directed by Coodie and Chike. (USA)
"Burn," directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez. (USA)
"Caroline and Jackie," directed by Adam Christian Clark. (USA)
"Certain People" (Katinkas Kalas), directed by Levan Akin. (Sweden)
"Consuming Spirits," directed by Chris Sullivan. (USA)
"Cut," directed by Amir Naderi. (Japan)
"Death of a Superhero," directed by Ian Fitzgibbon. (Ireland, Germany)
"El Gusto," directed by Safinez Bousbia. (Algeria, Ireland, United Arab Emirates)
"Fairhaven," directed by Tom O’Brien. (USA)
"The Fourth Dimension," directed by Harmony Korine, Alexey Fedorchenko and Jan Kwiecinski. (USA, Poland, Russia)
"Francophrenia (or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)," directed by Ian Olds and James Franco. (USA)
"Journey to Planet X," directed by Josh Koury and Myles Kane. (USA)
"On The Mat," directed by Fredric Golding. (USA)
"Resolution," directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead. (USA)
"Room 514," directed by Sharon Bar-Ziv. (Israel)
"Rubberneck," directed by Alex Karpovsky. (USA)
"Sexy Baby," directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus. (USA)
"Stones in the Sun" (Woch nan Soley), directed by P. Benoit. (USA, Haiti)
"Supporting Characters," directed by Daniel Schechter. (USA)
"Town of Runners," directed by Jerry Rothwell. (Britain)
"Turn Off the Lights," directed by Ivana Mladenovic. (Romania)
— Oliver Gettell
Photo: A scene from "The World Before Her," which will open the documentary competition at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Credit: Storyline Entertainment