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TRIBECA 2019

The 18th Tribeca Film Festival announces its line-up

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- European co-productions are in the majority in the International Narrative Competition, and new films by acclaimed directors will have their premieres in various other sections

The 18th Tribeca Film Festival announces its line-up
White as Snow by Anne Fontaine

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.

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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. Regarding the selection process, Tribeca’s artistic director, Frédéric Boyer, mentioned: “We look at styles, approaches, tones and perspectives; we examine storylines and character development; and we search for uniqueness and untold stories. Most importantly, we also pay attention to what stirs emotions, sparks inspiration and makes us think. It’s an exciting process for us, and we look forward to sharing this year’s original films with audiences.”

Starting with the four world premieres set to unspool at the New York-based gathering, Scottish filmmaker Scott Graham (Shell [+see also:
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) returns with his latest drama, Run [+see also:
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 (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 [+see also:
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) feminist fable White as Snow [+see also:
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(France), the Berlin drama based on real-life stories A Regular Woman [+see also:
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 (Germany) by Sherry Hormann (Desert Flower [+see also:
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), the cross-cultural road movie Roads [+see also:
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(Germany) by Sebastian Schipper (Victoria [+see also:
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), and the story of three teenage girls’ self-discovery, Flawless (Israel/Germany) by directorial duo Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit (The Farewell Party [+see also:
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). The selection is rounded off by the North American premieres of Michela Occhipinti’s Berlinale-premiered drama Flesh Out [+see also:
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 (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 [+see also:
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 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 [+see also:
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 (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 [+see also:
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 (Netherlands/UK/USA) by Carine Bijlsma, about prolific R&B artist D’Angelo.

It’s worth noting that Tribeca is the first North American film festival to have introduced a Critics’ Week, incorporating five features curated by New York-based film critics.

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