As the 2013 edition of New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival sets to launch nearly 2 weeks of top flight international filmmaking, it comes with a certain air of melancholy welcome. The festival, in itself born from the 9/11 attacks of 2001, comes a mere 3 days after the countries latest incident of ideological intimidation set against a backdrop of friendly competition, patriotism and celebration. But, just as Robert de Niro and Jane Rosenthal returned vitality to a city and neighborhood desimated by cowardly intimidation, the festival again aims to bring community together with the power of free expression, putting the intellectual power and celebration of diversity that is film, transmedia and technological evolution in full view.
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 2012 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, we present our list of the 10 films to watch at this years festival 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 17-28, 2013 at various events around New York City.
Möbius – Special Screenings
Dir: Eric Rochant
With Jean Dujardin, Cecile De France, Tim Roth, Emilie Dequenne, Aleksey Gorbunov, Vladimir Menshov
Set in the incomparable beauty of Monaco, Eric Rochant’s first feature in seven years follows undercover Russian FSB officer Gregory Lioubov (Jean Dujardin, The Artist) and international trader Alice Redmond (Cécile De France, Hereafter), who has her own secrets to hide. Their relationship sparks a deadly chase to snag Lioubov’s real target, business magnate Ivan Rostovsky (Tim Roth).
At Any Price – Spotlight
Dir: Ramin Bahrani
With Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown, Chelcie Ross
The robust farming industry of Iowa is the backdrop for this father-and-son story. Dean Wipple (Zac Efron) longs to be a professional racecar driver. His father Henry (Dennis Quaid) plans to make him the heir to their family farming empire. When Henry’s ethics and expansion practices come under fire, the family must unify or risk losing everything. Temptation, ambition and competition are the driving forces behind this modern-day drama co-starring Heather Graham and Clancy Brown.
Michael H. Profession: Director – World Documentary Competition
Dir: Yves Montamayeur
Over the past twenty-five years, director Michael Haneke has established himself as a towering figure in modern cinema whose rigorous focus on the craft of filmmaking has produced works of profound artistry. This career-spanning documentary (gives unprecedented access and) covers the body of Haneke’s work, offering insight into his creative process through on-set footage and interviews with the man himself and collaborators including Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert and Juliette Binoche.
How to Make Money Selling Drugs – Tribeca Talks: After the Movie
Dir: Matthew Cooke
A shockingly candid examination of how a street dealer can rise to cartel lord with relative ease, How to Make Money Selling Drugs is an insider’s guide to the violent but extremely lucrative drug industry. Told from the perspective of former drug dealers, and featuring interviews with hip hop moguls 50 Cent and Russell Simmons, as well as rights advocates Susan Sarandon and Woody Harrelson, the film gives you the lessons you need to start your own drug empire while exposing the corruption behind the “war on drugs.”
Oxyana – World Documentary Competition
Dir: Sean Dunne
Oceana, West Virginia—known as “Oxyana” after its residents’ epidemic abuse of OxyContin—is a tragically real example of the insidious spread of drug dependency throughout the country. Set against an abandoned coal mining landscape to the melodies of Deer Tick’s haunting score, this unflinchingly intimate documentary probes the lives of Oceana’s afflicted and exposes the day-to-day experience of a town living in the harsh grip of addiction.
GasLand Part 2 – Spotlight
Dir: Josh Fox
Two years ago, Josh Fox introduced us to hydraulic fracturing with his Oscar®-nominated exposé Gasland. Now this once-touted energy source has become a widely discussed, contentious topic. In his follow-up, Fox reveals the extreme circumstances facing those affected by fracking, from earthquakes to the use of federal anti-terror psychological operations tactics. Gasland Part II is the definitive proof that issues raised by fracking cannot be ignored for long.
Bluebird – World Narrative Competition
Dir: Lance Edmands
With Amy Morton, John Slattery, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Margo Martindale, Adam Driver
On a freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley (Amy Morton) completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences. Co-starring Adam Driver, Margo Martindale, John Slattery, Louisa Krause and Emily Meade, Lance Edmands’s absorbing feature debut is a perfect encapsulation of the interconnectedness of life.
Farah Goes Bang – Viewpoints
Dir: Meera Menon
With Nikohl Boosheri, Kandis Erickson, Kiran Deol, Michael Steger, Samrat Chakrabarti, Lyman Ward
Farah hits the road with her buddies to stump for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, hoping the trip will be her opportunity to finally shed her unwanted virginity. She soon finds her efforts on both political and sexual fronts continuously thwarted. Comically balancing that moment’s climate of intolerance with a universal coming-of-age tale, Farah Goes Bang paints a comic portrait of the overdue growing pains of a group of girlfriends and the country itself.
A Journal of Insomnia – Storyscapes
Creators: Bruno Choiniere, Philippe Lambert, Guilaume Braun, Thibaut Duverneix
Insomniacs are both spectators and actors in this large, interactive fresco that combines hundreds of personal reflections on sleepless nights, gathered online from insomniacs around the world since fall 2012. This work, produced by The National Film Board of Canada, provides a cutting portrait of insomnia as a universal and peculiarly wide-ranging affliction and challenges visitors to experience the condition for themselves.
Raze – Midnight
Dir: Josh Waller
With Zoe Bel, Rachel Nichols, Rebecca Marshall, Tracie Thoms, Bailey Anne Borders, Allene Quincy
Stuntwoman Zoe Bell (Inglorious Basterds, Kill Bill 1&2) headlines this sly subversion of the women-in-prison genre. After Sabrina (Bell) is abducted, she finds herself in an underground lair, forced to do battle with other innocent women for the amusement of unseen spectators. Each of these reluctant warriors has something to lose, but only one will remain when the game is done. Violent and relentless, Raze takes its video game aesthetic to the deepest and darkest places, rarely surfacing for air. Includes Rachel Nichols and Tracie Thoms.