It’s hard to believe that the Tribeca Film Festival, by now a cultural institution, has only been around for 15 years. When Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal founded the film festival in 2002, their goal was to revivify the downtown Manhattan neighborhood ravaged by 9/11. By now, though, DeNiro and Rosenthal's modest endeavor has morphed into a giant, weeklong affair that
transforms Tribeca into a hub of creation and cultural conversation.
Given the festival’s slew of interesting events, attendees who don’t possess Time-Turners will have to make some difficult choices. They can attend
intimate talks with filmmakers, directors, and even Bruce Springsteen. They can don VR headsets at the Virtual Arcade for a taste of cutting-edge entertainment. Or, they can view one of the many national and international cinematic selections playing in theaters around the neighborhood.
Even if you’re unable to peruse the riches of the Tribeca Film Festival, these movies will be generating buzz around the country.
Keep your eyes peeled for when these indie flicks get to a theater near you. Read These Stories Next: Heartbreaking Movies You Should Never Watch Alone The Best Indie Movies You Might Have Missed Sick Of TV? These Shows Will Get You Addicted All Over Again
edgy coming-of-age film be the next Thirteen?
Flower, Zoey Deutch plays Erica Vandross, a 17-year-old girl whose extracurricular activities include seducing older men and extorting them for money. You know, the usual. But Erica's world changes when her freewheeling mother’s boyfriend and his son move in. Erica forms a bond with Luke (Joey Morgan), the boyfriend's overweight, off-kilter, newly out-of-rehab son, a relationship that might get her closer to the older man (Adam Scott) she and her friends have been obsessing over. Flower cements Zoey Deutch as a rising star. Courtesy of Full Metal Mullet, LLC More
Literally, Right Before Aaron
Adam (Justin Long) still isn’t over his breakup with his college girlfriend, Allison (Cobie Smulders). But after Adam is invited to Allison's wedding to a man she just met, his agony is gets a whole lot worse. Over the course of the chaotic, awkward festivities, Adam is confronted with the tragedy of what could've been.
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The Boy Downstairs
Girls fans, rejoice: Zosia Mamet’s back as another soul-searching millennial woman. Only this time, she, not Lena Dunham, plays the writer. After a failed stint in Europe, Diana (Mamet) finds the perfect New York apartment — except for one catch. Her downstairs neighbor is the ex whom she dumped when she went to Europe. This off-kilter rom-com is girl meets boy, once again. Credit: Jon Pack More
Psychologist Emily Milburton (
Jenny Slate) has her hands full with her new patient, Josh Norman (Zachary Quinto). Though he suffers from hallucinations and emotional challenges, his biggest problem is his estranged relationship with his famous actor brother, Craig (Jon Hamm). When Craig shows up on Emily’s doorstep, she finds herself wading through family drama that isn’t hers — and caught between two men. Courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival More
In this satirical comedy, real-life couple Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet play themselves, proving they’re able to make fun of their immense stardom, and life in the public eye. After Guillame’s young co-star tells him he’s no longer cool, Guillame decides he needs to inject the “rock’n roll” back into his life. But will Guillame’s extreme steps towards “cool” put his comfortable home life with Marion in jeopardy?
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We had a suspicion that Cate Blanchett could do it all — but now, we have definitive proof. In
Manifesto, Blanchett leaves behind confines of age and gender as she embodies 13 distinct characters, from a homeless man to a Russian choreographer. In each vignette, Blanchett's character recites a monologue drawing from actual art manifestos written by notable thinkers and philosophers. While a lofty concept, Blanchett’s performances ground theory about Dadaism and Pop Art into an intellectual masterpiece you don’t need a grad school degree to appreciate. Credit: Julian Rosefeldt More
By now you should know that if a
movie contains references to , it’s going to reflect the famous play’s themes of transgression and sexuality. In The Crucible Blame, Abigail (Quinn Shephard) is an introverted high schooler who blossoms after she’s cast in The Crucible by her charming drama teacher, Jeremy (Chris Messina). But when Abigail and Jeremy’s relationship moves beyond flirtation and into full-blown affair, it sparks jealousy-fueled events that are eerily similar to what goes down in Salem. Credit: Blame Productions LLC More VIDEO
One Percent More Humid
After their college semester ends, childhood friends Iris (Juno Temple) and Catherine (Julia Garner) reunite for a humid, New England summer peppered with your usual New England summer activities. Think skinny-dipping and partying under the waning sun. But as the summer wears on, the unthinkably tragic event they both lived through begins to rear its head.
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Whitney. "Can I Be Me"
The title of this documentary stems from Whitney Houston’s favorite expression, “Can I be me?” Featuring never-before-seen footage, this raw look at Houston picks apart the factors that contributed to her tumultuous life behind the scenes. Ultimately, the film questions why it was that a singer worth millions, with more consecutive No. 1 hits than The Beatles, couldn’t be in charge of her own life.
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Buster's Mal Heart
In this surreal mystery, Rami Malek plays a bearded drifter who spends his time breaking into vacation homes, ranting at radio talk shows about Y2K, and running from the authorities. But "Buster," as the radio shows call him, is haunted by hallucinations of married life. As Buster unravels his identity, he remembers the man (and husband) he was before, and the encounter with a conspiracy theorist who sent his life reeling.
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Deep into a stale, middle-aged marriage, Michael (Tracy Letts) and Mary (Debra Winter) both seek intimacy with their lovers. After pressure from their serious partners to end the marriage, both Michael and Mary are set to call it quits. Yet at the prospect of their union ending, the pair plunges headfirst into another passionate, life-affirming affair — this time, with each other.
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Eddie Krumble (Ed Helms) has a job you didn't learn about in elementary school. After his wife dies, Eddie becomes a professional audience member, someone who claps during infomercials. Things turn around for Eddie after he connects with Judy (Amanda Seyfried), a friendly gas station attendant. But his budding relationship is threatened after he catches the eye of a TV producer (Adam Levine), who's set on turning Eddie's life into a media phenomenon. This is a romantic comedy for the age of Ken Bone.
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