Most Anticipated Tribeca Films

Tribeca Film Festival

Hey, look, it’s film festival time again! (It’s always film festival time, much like it’s always awards season time.) This time around, the films are unfurling at New York City’s own Tribeca Film Festival, and two of our very own NYC-based scribblers are on the ground to cover the best of what the festival has to offer. As ever, the festival offers a robust programming slate of brand-new premieres, holdovers from other festivals around the world (we recommend titles like In Your EyesChef, and Begin Again, if you’re looking to play catch up), and some uniquely compelling titles just daring you to try them out (one word: zombeavers).

The festival kicks off tonight with the premiere of the Nas documentary, Time Is Illmatic, and runs until Sunday, April 27th. For these next few days, Lower Manhattan will be jumping with the festival and its many offerings, and we dare say that our own Kate Erbland and Daniel Walber have picked out some of the best.

In Your Eyes

Sure, most people who are excited to see Brin Hill‘s In Your Eyes are in it for the Joss Whedon connect — he wrote the film, proving that the rest of us are just slackers — but I am more intrigued by a feature that uses the divine Zoe Kazan as a romantic foil for the guy from Cloverfield (hey, Michael Stahl-David). The romance apparently hinges on the duo’s “strange connection,” and as much as I hope that means that they can literally see through each other’s eyes, I really want to go into this one fresh. -Kate Erbland

Something Must Break and Broken Hill Blues

One of the best kept secrets of Tribeca is, believe it or not, Scandinavia. From Trollhunter to Turn Me On, Dammit the last few years have seen a number of offbeat Nordic hits screen at the festival. This year there are two Swedish coming of age stories, each examining the break that can happen in the life of a teenager. Something Must Break seems the simpler film, a story of a young man coming to terms with his sexuality. Broken Hill Blues might be a bit more surreal, set in a town soon to be abandoned after land erosion. Both of them promise to be empathetic, unique portraits of youthful uncertainty. -Daniel Walber

Goodbye to All That

Paul Schneider‘s career has been built on a series of solid supporting roles — from the doofus cousin in Elizabethtown to the pained best pal in Bright Star to the stunned brother in Lars and the Real Girl — but his best part is still his leading role in All the Real Girls as a former ladies’ man trying to navigate a deep romance. Angus MacLachlan‘s directorial debut is also about Schneider’s character working through the dating pool, but for a different reason — he’s just been dumped by his wife. With a supporting cast that includes Melanie Lynskey, Heather Graham, Anna Camp, and Amy Sedaris, the film sure sounds like a real can’t-miss. -KE

Zombeavers

The Midnight section is always a strong cocktail of straight-faced horror and deranged descents into bloodcurdling insanity. The latter category is usually more fun. This year the most immediately appealing title is Zombeavers, which is about a group of slasher-movie-hot college students who get attacked by zombie beavers. That’s amazing. -DW

Every Secret Thing

Hello, there. Are you looking for a film with one hell of a lady-friendly pedigree? You are! Good, we’ve got one. Amy Berg directs Every Secret Thing, which comes to us by way of an adapted screenplay (by Nicole Holofcener!) based on Laura Lippmann‘s novel of the same name, with a cast that includes Elizabeth Banks, Diane Laneand Dakota Fanning. It’s also about unsolved murders and teen crime, so that’s basically just all our interests in one tidy package. -KE

The Search for General Tso

There’s a particularly funny moment in the trailer for The Search for General Tso in which the filmmakers wander a city in China with a photograph of General Tso’s Chicken. No one they meet has any idea what it is, of course. The famous dish is uniquely New World, an immensely popular recipe with vague origins that can be found all over the USA’s tens of thousands of Chinese restaurants. And so, in a way, Ian Cheney’s search for General Tso is inevitably a search for America itself. -DW

Life Partners

There’s nothing quite like a strong best friend bond, but that doesn’t mean it’s unbreakable. In Susanna Fogel‘s feature debut, the director explores the friendship between Paige (Gillian Jacobs) and Sasha (Leighton Meester), a super-tight duo who find things changing for them when Paige starts dating a new dude. Suddenly, Sasha feels like the odd gal out, and she does everything she can to keep her BFF, well, her BFF. Of note: this is a comedy, not a Single White Female reboot. -KE

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Five years ago, Louie Psihoyos launched a movement and won an Oscar with The Cove, his heist-like expose of dolphin hunting in Japan. His new project has a much broader scope, purporting to address the issue of endangered species in general. Screening as a work-in-progress, promises to be a thrilling and bold work of cinematic activism. -DW

A Brony Tale

I just want to understand. -KE

Point and Shoot

Documentarian Marshall Curry has a knack for making nonconventional political films. Street Fight and If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front are both the stories of political outsiders, one on the ascent and the other doomed to collapse. Yet never before has he tackled something as remote and unlikely as the terrible ordeal of Matthew VanDyke, an American who joined the Libyan Revolution and wound up a prisoner of war. Point and Shoot looks to be a remarkable, if harrowing, next step for the director. -DW


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