Wednesday, March 12, 2008

2008 Tribeca Film Festival

Yesterday this festival announced their lineup and here are some of the films that will be screened from April 23 to May 4th in Lower Manhattan.

World Narrative Competition

57,000 Kilometers Between Us (57000 km Entre Nous), directed by Delphine Kreuter, written by Mathieu Lis, Emmanuel Finkiel and Kreuter. (France) - North American Premiere. A provocative yet charming take on digital communication, this debut follows a teenager caught between her stepdad (who records and posts the family's supposedly perfect life online), her real father (now a transsexual), and the refuge of her own online life as she searches for meaningful connections with others.

The Aquarium (Genenet al Asmak), directed by Yousry Nasrallah, written by Nasser Abdel-Rahman and Nasrallah. (Egypt, France, Germany) - North American Premiere. An anesthetist who listens to his patients mumbling under sedation and a late night talk show host (Hend Sabri) whose callers reveal secrets are the yearning principals of this intriguing new work, an ambitious examination of repression—both sexual and political—in Cairo today.

Eden, directed by Declan Recks, written by Eugene O'Brien. (Ireland) - International Premiere. Taking a frank look at the slow disintegration of a marriage during the week before a couple's 10th anniversary, Recks catapults an intimate story from O'Brien's award-winning play onto the big screen while only enhancing its emotional impact.

Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in), directed by Tomas Alfredson, written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. (Sweden) - North American Premiere. Based on Lindqvist's best-selling novel, this beautifully touching tale tells of the first romance for bullied 12-year-old Oskar and the girl next door, Eli. . . who also happens to be a vampire.

Lost Indulgence, directed and written by Zhang Yibai. (China) - International Premiere. A visually stunning meditation on loss, Lost•Indulgence centers on the complicated relationships between a teenage son, his mother, and the secretive young woman they take into their home after a tragic accident.

Love, Pain and Vice Versa (Amor, Dolor y Viceversa), directed by Alfonso Pineda-Ulloa, written by Alex Marino. (Mexico) - World Premiere. This stirring and moody psychological thriller finds two strangers subconsciously linked when their recurring dreams begin to topple their reality. Featuring strong performances by the sizzling Bárbara Mori (La mujer de mi hermano) and Leonardo Sbaraglia (Intacto).

My Marlon and Brando (Gitmek), directed and written by Hüseyin Karabey. (Turkey) - North American Premiere. They fell in love on a film set—but she's a Turk living in Istanbul and he's a Kurd living in Iraq, which US forces have just invaded. The lovers play themselves in this captivating, heartbreaking film, based on their own true story.

Newcastle, directed and written by Dan Castle. (Australia) - World Premiere. Revolving around Jesse, a 17-year-old surfer who treads the line between success and self-destruction, Newcastle saturates the senses with magnificent surfing footage and absorbs viewers in the fresh loves and personal tragedies of Jesse and his mates.

Quiet Chaos (Caos Calmo), directed by Antonello Grimaldi, written by Nanni Moretti, Laura Paolucci and Francesco Piccolo. (Italy) - North American Premiere. "How to grieve" is the unexpressed question faced by Pietro, a Rome television executive (Nanni Moretti), after his wife's sudden death. This movingly understated film traces his spiritual rebirth..

Ramchand Pakistani, directed by Mehreen Jabbar, written by Mohammad Ahmed. (Pakistan) - World Premiere. Gorgeous colors enhance this tense tale, based on actual events, about a young Pakistani boy who, with his father, inadvertently crosses the border into India. Both wind up in jail for years, while mother (Nandita Das) is left bewildered and alone.

Somers Town, directed by Shane Meadows, written by Paul Fraser. (UK) - North American Premiere. A charming comedy by Shane Meadows (This Is England) built around the unlikely friendship between Tomo, who's turned 16 and fled to London from a difficult life in the Midlands, and Marek, a Polish immigrant who lives with his construction worker dad.

Trucker, directed and written by James Mottern. (USA) - World Premiere. Michelle Monaghan is riveting as a tough-talking, devil-may-care truck driver who is faced with raising her estranged 11-year-old son after his father (Benjamin Bratt) is hospitalized. This eloquent and uplifting story also features Joey Lauren Adams and Nathan Fillion (Waitress).

To check all the other movies and documentaries go here.

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