As the 2014 edition of New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival sets to launch nearly 2 weeks of top flight international filmmaking. The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. The Festival has screened over 1400 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4 million attendees and has generated an estimated $750 million in economic activity for New York City.
As we have done for Sundance, SXSW and the last year’s edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, we present our list of the 10 films to watch at this years edition. Our selections come from the spectrum of the Tribeca festival slate featuring in competition selections, special event screenings and Transmedia projects. The festival takes place April 16-27, 2014 at various venues around New York City.
Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff, Wendy & Lucy) provides another absorbing drama about outsiders searching for their place within the contexts of contemporary social meaning. With characters taking their most direct approach yet, ‘Night Moves’ brings Reichardt’s graceful auteurist style to her largest scope film. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard as environmentalists eager to send a message to the developers and technology-addicted residents, their plot to blow up Oregon’s Green Peter Dam goes significantly awry as they discover even the smallest steps can have enormous consequences.
Venus in Fur
Adapted from David Ives’ 2010 renowned play, ‘Venus in Fur is the latest New York theater adaptation from Roman Polanski (Carnage). As Thomas (Matthieu Almaric), a theater director staging an adaptation from the Leopold von Sacher-Masoch novel, remains frustrated with the quality of the available actress crop, mysterious Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) arrives in his theater unannounced, knowing every line by heart. As the duo begin a fevered, intense, and at times aggressive collaboration, the lines between passion and obsession, theater and reality), begin to blur.
Time is Illmatic
Even 20 years after its release, seminal Queensbridge rapper Nas’ Illmatic is widely recognized as a hip-hop benchmark, capturing the sociopolitical outlook, enduring spirit and collective angst of a generation of young artists searching for their voice in America. Directed by multimedia artist One9, Time Is Illmatic traces Nas’s influences and describes the almost insurmountable obstacles he faced in creating his hip-hop opus.
There comes a time in every fifth-year senior’s life when they must either accept the impending real world or shirk that, in favor of the most glorious intramural football game no one cares to see. In this full-throttle and hilarious sendup of inspirational sports movies, director Andrew Disney—along with a All Star cast of current comedy icons including Kate McKinnon, Jake Lacy, Jay Pharoah, and Beck Bennett—harnesses every cliché and overused trope to tell one of the greatest intramural sports movies of all time.
In Order of Disappearance
Upstanding Community leader Nils (Stellan Skarsgaard) has just won a “Citizen of the Year” award when he learns of his son’s death. Suspecting foul play, Nils investigates, uncovering connections between the death and an ongoing dispute between Serbian drug dealers and a sociopathic criminal mastermind known as “The Count.” With a pitch-black sense of humor and a snowballing body count, director Hans Petter Moland depicts Nils’ righteous vengeance spiraling out of control with style, humor, and surprise.
Black Coal, Thin Ice
Part film noir, part social realist portrait of industrial city life in Northern China, Diao Yinan’s atmospheric Black Coal, Thin Ice is a moody, quietly powerful thriller staged against the quotidian lives of a wintry industrial landscape, and winner of the top prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Towing a submerged torpedo in the wake of their battered fishing boat, ‘Jacobo,’ a desperate fisherman and Delio, a naive kid, embark on a journey trafficking millions of dollars of cocaine up the Pacific coast of Colombia. Shot entirely on location—in areas that bear the indelible scars of drug trafficking and guerrilla warfare—director Josef Kubota Wladyka establishes a sense of place with meticulous sensitivity, capturing the visceral paradox of incredible vibrancy yet devastating poverty which permeate this war-torn region.
Summer of Blood
Brooklyn writer-director Onur Tukel stars in this black comedy about relationships, attraction, commitment, and the true meaning of ‘eternity.’ Eric, a misanthropic, emotionally-stunted New Yorker, finds himself on the brink of a premature mid-life. Stuck at a dead-end job with no allure in the dating pool, Eric has all reason to lose hope. All changes one fateful night when he runs into a vampire in an alleyway.
Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary
LEGO have captured imaginations for generations, and today, the community of builders is bigger than ever: Adult Fans of LEGO display their latest creations at Brick Conventions, self-proclaimed Master Builders create entire worlds out of the modular bricks, and a corporate design team plans the Times Square unveiling of the largest LEGO model ever created. Directed by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge and Oscar- nominee Kief Davidson, Beyond the Brick delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick , its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up around the world.
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