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Tribeca Film Festival 2013: 12 Must-See Movies

© 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

Staring tonight and going through Sunday, April 28, NYC once again plays the happy host to the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 12th year, TFF will show 89 feature films and 60 shorts, hold 3 Galas, display 5 Transmedia pieces, host 3 Tribeca Drive-In® screenings, and present 23 Tribeca Talks® panel discussions.

Chosen from more than 6,000 submissions, the 2013 TFF selections come from 37 countries and include 53 feature and 30 short film world premieres.

Among the multitude of intriguing films selected for this year’s festival, the 12 films below are representative of the best TFF 2013 has to offer.

1...Adult World..(USA • Narrative • World Premiere)
Director: Scott Coffey
Cast: Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack, Armando Riesco, Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward

An unworldly, twenty-something, wannabe -poet works at a local sex shop to put some money in her pocket, while chasing an elusive mentorship with a hermitlike writer.

2...Before Midnight..(USA • Narrative • New York Premiere)
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick

The third chapter in the romantic-but-realistic tale of Jesse and Celine, set nine years after the events of Before Sunset.

3...Big Bad Wolves..(Israel • Narrative • World Premiere)
Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Tzachi Grad, Rotem Keinan, Dov Glickman, Menashe Noy, Dvir Benedek

A rogue cop and a grieving father set out to exact their own brand of merciless justice from a suspected serial killer.

4...A Case of You..(USA • Narrative • World Premiere)
Director: Kat Coiro
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps, Brendan Fraser, Sienna Miller, Justin Long, Vince Vaughn

Online fibs must become real-world truths for Sam to maintain Birdie’s affections for his Internet alter ego.

5...Deep Powder..(USA • Narrative • World Premiere)
Director: Mo Ogrodnik
Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Haley Bennett, Josh Salatin, Colby Minifie, Logan Miller, Dana Eskelson

A boarding-school princess and her townie boyfriend are tasked with her secret society’s yearly cocaine run to Ecuador.

6...The English Teacher..(USA • Narrative • World Premiere)
Director: Craig Zisk
Cast: Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane

A small-town high school teacher risks her career and reputation to reignite the passion of a former student on the verge of giving up.

7...G.B.F...(USA • Narrative • World Premiere)
Director: Darren Stein
Cast: Michael J. Willett, Paul Iacono, Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen, Xosha Roquemore, Molly Tarlov, Megan Mullally

A recently outed high school guy inadvertently becomes a key pawn in three would-be-Queen-Bees’ fight for social dominance.


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8...Lil Bub & Friendz..(USA • Documentary • World Premiere)
Directors: Andy Capper, Juliette Eisner
Cast: Lil Bub, Mike “The Dude” Bridavsky, Ben Lashes, Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat

With celebricat Lil Bub as a guide, this documentary traces the evolution of the Internet cat video phenomenon and its biggest stars’ rise to fame.

9...The Reluctant Fundamentalist..(India, Pakistan, USA • Narrative • US Premiere)
Director: Mira Nair
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi

Changez, a Pakistani Princeton alum with the right job in finance and the right girl, watches his world change and future prospects crumble like the Twin Towers after 9/11.

10...Run & Jump..(Germany, Ireland • Narrative • World Premiere)
Director: Steph Green
Cast: Maxine Peake, Edward MacLiam, Sharon Horgan, Brendan Morris, Ciara Gallagher, and Will Forte

An Irish family struggles with the changes wrought by one member’s life-altering stroke—and the added stress of being videotaped 24/7 by the American research doctor living with/studying them.

11...What Richard Did..(Ireland • Narrative • US Premiere)
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Cast: Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy, Sam Keeley, Lars Mikkelsen

The boy-who-had-it-all becomes a man-with-everything-to-lose when jealousy causes him to lose his cool for one brief moment that changes everything.

12...Whitewash..(Canada • Narrative • World Premiere)
Director: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais
Cast: Thomas Haden Church, Marc Labrèche, Vincent Hoss-Desmarais, Geneviève Laroche, Isabelle Nélisse, Anie Pascale

The morning after killing a man with his plow during a nighttime snowstorm, Bruce awakes to find that he’s trapped himself in a prison of his own making.

With selections as interesting and diverse as this year’s films, choosing twelve is neither an easy task, nor representative of all the films I hope to see during the festival. Eighteen additional films (14 features, 4 shorts) are also on my calendar:

Almost Christmas (FN), At Any Price (FN), Bottled Up (FN), Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (FD), Greetings from Tim Buckley (FN), Hide Your Smiling Faces (FN), The Kill Team (FD), Playdate (SN), The Pretty One (FN), Prince Avalanche (FN), Reporting on The Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust (SD), The Rider and the Storm (SD), Setup, Punch. (SN), A Single Shot (FN), Some Velvet Morning (FN), Sunlight Jr. (FN), Teenage (FD), Trust Me (FN)
( F = Feature • S = Short • D = Documentary • N = Narrative )


Which TFF 2013 selections are your must-sees? Share your picks in the comments below!

Want a second opinion? Check out Kevin’s TFF Top 5.



P.S. Just because you can’t make it to the Big Apple for the festival doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Here are three ways to enjoy some of the 2013 TFF selections much closer to home…

(1) Upcoming Theatrical Releases
At Any Price – April 24, 2013 [LIMITED] (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – April 26, 2013 [LIMITED] (IFC Films)
The English Teacher – May 17, 2013 (Tribeca Film)

(2) Tribeca Online Festival
(April 18–28, U.S. only)

3 Feature Films
Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution (Documentary), Farah Goes Bang (Narrative), Lil Bub & Friendz (Documentary)

4 Short Films
Delicacy (Narrative), The Exit Room (Narrative), RPG OKC (Narrative), A Short Film About Guns (Documentary)

(3) Tribeca Film on VOD
(April 17-28)
The English Teacher, Fresh Meat, Greetings from Tim Buckley, and What Richard Did
(Also available on iTunes, Amazon Instant, VUDU, Xbox, Google Play, and YouTube.)


More information about the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival:

Official Website..||..TFF 2013 Film Guide..||..Facebook..||..Twitter: @TribecaFilmFest#TFF2013..||..YouTube



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