Frank J. Avella’s
April 17 - April 28, 2013
Since it’s birth twelve years ago, the Tribeca
Film Festival has grown enormously both in stature
and in quality. This year’s lineup of films
and events are overwhelmingly exciting. 89 features
will be screened including films from 30 countries.
This year boasts 53 World Premieres and—and
this is exciting—26 of the film directors
"Our competition selections
embody the quality and diversity of contemporary
cinema from across the globe,” said Frederic
Boyer, Artistic Director Tribeca Film Festival.
“The cinematic proficiency that harnesses
this lineup is remarkable and we’re looking
forward to sharing these new perspectives, powerful
performances, and multifaceted stories.”
This year’s Festival runs
April 17 to April 28 at locations around New York
Some of the film’s I am
most excited about include (descriptions from the
press releases) (tribecafilm.com
for much more info on the Festival):
Alì Blue Eyes
(Alì ha gli occhi azzurri), directed
by Claudio Giovannesi, written by Filippo Gravino
and Giovannesi. (Italy) – International Premiere.
Claudio Giovannesi’s award-winning second
dramatic feature captures one week in the life of
sixteen-year-old troublemaker Nader, who, despite
his mother’s threats and family’s insistence
that he respect his Muslim roots, fights, steals
and pursues an Italian girlfriend. A stunning example
of contemporary Italian neo-realism, Alì
Blue Eyes is an engrossing coming-of-age story
about an immigrant who will stop at nothing to fit
in. In Italian with subtitles.
A Birder's Guide to Everything,
directed by Rob Meyer, written by Luke Matheny and
Meyer. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
On the eve of his widowed father’s second
wedding, fifteen-year-old David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee)
leads the stalwart members of his local Young Birders
Society on rollicking, interstate search for an
extremely rare duck. Marvelous supporting performances
by Ben Kingsley and James LeGros color Rob Meyer's
feature film debut, a poignant, funny and ultimately
winning look at the moments that change even the
most intensely focused lives.
Floating Skyscrapers (Plynace
wiezowce), directed and written by Tomasz Wasilewski.
(Poland) – World Premiere, Narrative. Kuba
attends an art opening with his girlfriend of two
years and bumps into Mikal. The connection between
these two young men is instantaneous and intoxicating,
and despite opposition from all sides, he allows
Mikal into his life. The results go beyond anything
he could have imagined. This intimate and bold second
feature from Polish director Tomasz Wasilewski captures
the often-complicated consequences of finding love
where others do not want it. In Polish with subtitles.
The Moment, directed
by Jane Weinstock, written by Jane Gloria Norris
and Weinstock. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
After a tumultuous affair between international
photojournalist Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and troubled
artist John (Martin Henderson) ends in John’s
disappearance, Lee lands in a mental hospital to
recuperate. She strikes up a friendship with a fellow
patient bearing an uncanny resemblance to her missing
lover. The pair works to uncover the truth behind
the disappearance, but Lee’s precarious sanity
comes under threat when the clues lead to the last
place she would ever expect.
Adult World, directed
by Scott Coffey, written by Andy Cochran. (USA)
– World Premiere, Narrative. Amy (Emma Roberts)
is naïve, awkward and anxious to get her poetry
career off of the ground. She begrudgingly accepts
a job at the local sex shop, Adult World, while
pursuing a surefire kick-start for her success:
a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings
(the hilarious John Cusack). As Amy’s world
melds with that of Adult World, she slowly learns
that inspiration can be found in the most improbable
At Any Price, directed
by Ramin Bahrani, written by Hallie Elizabeth Newton
and Bahrani. (USA) – New York Premiere, Narrative.
The robust farming industry of Iowa is the backdrop
for this father-and-son story. Dean Wipple (Zac
Efron) longs to be a professional race car 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. A Sony Pictures
Before Midnight, directed
by Richard Linklater, written by Julie Delpy, Ethan
Hawke and Linklater. (USA) – New York Premiere,
Narrative. In the eagerly anticipated third chapter
in the star-crossed tale of Jesse and Celine, director
and co-writer Richard Linklater fast-forwards to
nine years after their last meeting. Ethan Hawke
and Julie Delpy deliver powerfully authentic performances
as the companions who find themselves at yet another
crossroads in their twisting but passionate relationship.
The picturesque streets of Greece serve as the latest
backdrop to this beautifully crafted love story.
A Sony Pictures Classics release.
Byzantium, directed by
Neil Jordan, written by Moira Buffini. (U.K., Ireland)
– U.S. Premiere, Narrative. Neil Jordan’s
exploration of vampirism began with Interview
with the Vampire. Now he returns to this lurid,
malevolent realm through Clara (Gemma Arterton)
and her daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan). Creatures
from Clara’s past come calling, and these
immortals are forced to relocate. Dire consequences
follow anyway when Eleanor makes a connection with
a local boy (Caleb Landry Jones) and slowly reveals
the truth of who they are and how they survive.
An IFC Films release.
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,
directed by Chiemi Karasawa. (USA) – World
Premiere, Documentary. Broadway legend Elaine Stritch
remains in the spotlight at eighty-seven years old.
Join the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner
both on and off stage in this revealing documentary.
With interviews from Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Hal
Prince and others, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
blends rare archival footage and intimate cinema
vérité to reach beyond Stritch’s
brassy exterior, revealing a multi-dimensional portrait
of a complex woman and an inspiring artist.
The English Teacher,
directed by Craig Zisk, written by Dan Chariton
and Stacy Chariton. (USA) – World Premiere,
Narrative. Teacher Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore)
balances her staid home life with an incredible
passion for her subject, but her routine is forever
altered when a former star pupil and his unsupportive
father reenter her life. Go-to television director
Craig Zisk, whose credits include Scrubs,
Weeds and United States of Tara,
takes a turn on the big screen with this insightful
comedy about self-discovery co-starring Greg Kinnear,
Nathan Lane, Michael Angarano and Lily Collins.
A Cinedigm and Tribeca Film co-release.
G.B.F., directed by Darren
Stein, written by George Northy. (USA) – World
Premiere, Narrative. The bitter fight for supremacy
between a school’s most popular girls takes
an unexpected turn when Tanner (Michael J. Willett)
becomes its first openly gay student. As they race
to bag the big trend in fashion accessories, the
Gay Best Friend, Tanner must choose between skyrocketing
popularity and the friends he is leaving behind.
Darren Stein (Jawbreaker) returns with
another comic send-up of high school clique culture,
including memorable cameos by Megan Mullally and
The Reluctant Fundamentalist,
directed by Mira Nair, written by Mohsin Hamid,
William Wheeler, Ami Boghani. (India, Pakistan,
USA) – U.S. Premiere, Narrative. Mira Nair
(Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake)
returns with another spellbinding adaptation of
a celebrated bestseller. Pakistan-born Changez (Riz
Ahmed) turns a Princeton degree into a cushy life
on Wall Street with a gorgeous girlfriend (Kate
Hudson). Then the Twin Towers fall, and his American
dream shatters amid interrogations and overwhelming
national distrust. He soon questions his allegiances,
as this thriller exposes the dangers of being a
stranger in your own land. Kiefer Sutherland, Liev
Schreiber and Om Puri also star. An IFC Films release.
Some Velvet Morning,
directed and written by Neil LaBute. (USA) –
World Premiere, Narrative. Fred arrives at Velvet’s
doorstep, suitcases in tow. He tells her that he
has finally left his wife to be with her, news to
Velvet since she has not seen him in years and is
now with Fred’s recently married son. As Fred’s
hopes crash to earth during a conversation brimming
with passion, remorse, humor and anger, the twisted
heart of a fascinating relationship is revealed.
Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve star in this spirited
living room drama.
Trust Me, directed and
written by Clark Gregg. (USA) – World Premiere,
Narrative. Directed by and starring Clark Gregg
and featuring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Felicity
Huffman, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet, Trust
Me follows flailing Hollywood agent Howard,
who seemingly strikes gold after signing the next
big child star. What results is an unexpected ride
through the nasty inner workings of Hollywood, as
Howard desperately tries to make it in an industry
that has no interest in recognizing his bumbling
but ultimately genuine nature.
and written by Eric Rochant. (France) – International
Premiere, Narrative. 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).
Also starring Émilie Dequenne, Möbius
is a twisting, sexy spy thriller that fittingly
leaves you guessing which way is up. Featuring special
guest appearances from director Eric Rochant and
main actress Cécile de France.
Tickets for the 2013 Festival:
Tickets for the Festival will be $16.00 for evening
and weekend screenings, and $8.00 for all late night
and weekday matinee screenings.
Advance selection ticket packages and passes as
well as discount ticket packages are currently on
sale for American Express Cardmembers, and go on
sale Monday, March 11 for the general public. All
Festival packages and passes can be purchased online
or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at
(866) 941-FEST (3378).
Single ticket sales begin Tuesday,
April 9 for American Express Cardmembers, Sunday,
April 14 for downtown residents, and Monday, April
15 for the general public. Single tickets can be
purchased online, by telephone, or at one of the
Ticket Outlets, with locations at Tribeca Cinemas
at 54 Varick Street, Chelsea Clearview Cinemas at
260 W. 23rd Street, and AMC Loews Village 7 at 66
3rd Avenue. The 2013 Festival will continue offering
ticket discounts for evening and weekend screenings
for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan
residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket
Outlet locations only. Additional information and
further details on the Festival can be found at