Curtain up on full Tribeca slate
EmptyThe Tribeca Film Festival unveiled its Discovery, Showcase and Family Film Festival selections Thursday, its third and final chunk of films, featuring 35 world premieres in the 159-feature lineup.
Notable selections include the April 26 Special Event world premiere of "Brando," the Turner Movie Classics and Greif Co. documentary set to air on the cable network May 1-2. Leslie Greif and Mimi Friedman's film looks at the seminal actor through interviews with Johnny Depp, Al Pacino and Tribeca fest programmer Martin Scorsese.
The Discovery section's 39 narrative and docu feature films highlight new filmmakers tackling provocative subjects. Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst makes his directing debut with the coming-of-age saga "The Education of Charlie Banks," Rob Malkani's "Day Zero" imagines a reinstated draft, Marshall Lewy's "Blue State" envisions a group of disgruntled Democrats migrating to Canada through marriage, Beth Schacter's "Normal Adolescent Behavior" brings a teenage sex clique to life, and Paul Soter's "Watching the Detectives" sees a man's film dreams come to life.
Discovery docus that might get people talking are Matthew Barbato's celeb sex-change chronicle "Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother"; Tricia Regan's look at autistic children putting on a show, "Autism: The Musical"; and Abigail Child's look at gay black men, "On the Downlow."
The international-themed Showcase has 14 films from 11 countries. The docu "Nanking" sheds light on an Japan's infamous World War II attack on China; Gyorgy Palfi's "Taxidermia" looks at a grotesque Hungarian family and Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern's French "Avida," according to a statement, "chronicles the kidnapping of a plump billionaire's dog by a deaf-mute and two ketamine addicts."
The 10-feature Family Film Festival, which includes a the T4Teens section, will host less controversial fare. Endearing characters are brought to life in Juan Pablo Buscarini's "The Hairy Tooth Fairy" (El Raton Perez), and there's Holger Tappe and Reinhard Klooss' CGI- animated "Impy's Island" and Art Clokey's "Gumby: The Movie," the remastered and re-edited version of the green star's 1995 Claymation feature.
The Tribeca fest runs April 25–May 6.