The 18th Tribeca Film Festival continues to showcase debut works by emerging talents and serve as a platform for notable filmmakers to show off their new projects, which clearly reflect the exceptional storytelling skills of the global film community. With a total of 103 movies directed by 124 filmmakers, half of them women, and spanning three competition sections, the festival will run in the famous eponymous neighbourhood in New York from 24 April–5 May.
As in past years, Tribeca’s International Narrative Competition will welcome ten films, eight of them European co-productions, which will enjoy their world, international or North American premieres.
Starting with the four world premieres set to unspool at the New York-based gathering, Scottish filmmaker Scott Graham returns with his latest drama, Run (UK), about a group of young men who dream of escaping real life through drag races; debutant Turkish filmmaker Cenk Ertürk is coming along with his rural allegorical drama Noah Land (Germany/Turkey/USA); Mexican helmer Edgar Nito’s debut, The Gasoline Thieves (Mexico/Spain/UK/USA), sees a teenage farmhand get involved in the country’s illegal fuel extraction underworld; and Aamis (India) by Bhaskar Hazarika revolves around two chaste lovers who share a forbidden passion that goes against social taboos.
The rest of Tribeca’s International Competition includes the international premieres of Anne Fontaine’s (Agnus Dei) feminist fable White as Snow (France), the Berlin drama based on real-life stories A Regular Woman (Germany) by Sherry Hormann (Desert Flower), the cross-cultural road movie Roads (Germany) by Sebastian Schipper (Victoria), and the story three teenage girls’ self-discovery, Flawless (Israel/Germany) by directorial duo Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit (The Farewell Party). The selection is rounded off by the North American premieres of Michela Occhipinti’s Berlinale-premiered drama Flesh Out (Italy) and Bora Kim’s coming-of-age drama House of Hummingbird (South Korea/USA).
Furthermore, three European-co-produced feature-length documentaries, Scheme Birds by Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin (UK/Sweden), Seahorse by Jeanie Finlay (UK) and A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem by Yu Gu (USA/UK), will enjoy their world premieres and participate in Tribeca’s Documentary Competition.
In the Spotlight Narrative section, the directorial debut Good Posture (UK/USA) by British actress Dolly Wells will have its world premiere, while some of the documentary highlights include Werner Herzog’s Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (UK), which follows the director’s journey through a nomadic life inspired by the legendary writer, and the music documentaries The Quiet One (UK) by Oliver Murray, on The Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, and Devil’s Pie – D’Angelo (Netherlands/UK/USA) by Carine Bijlsma, about prolific R&B artist D’Angelo.