Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tribeca rolls out '10 slate

A new Alex Gibney documentary chronicling the rise and fall of former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer and a newly restored version of David Lean’s 1965 epic “Dr. Zhivago” that marks the film’s 45th anniversary are among the highlights of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (April 21-May 2) in New York, the first with former Sundance festival director Geoff Gilmore at the helm.

Other films set to be screened include Jay Anania’s “William Vincent,” starring James Franco as “a quiet and peculiar criminal uninterested in the fruits of crime”; and “Open House,” written and directed by Andrew Paquin, about a man who watches over his sexually predatory partner and her violent urges. Featured here in cameo performances are Paquin’s sister, Anna, and Stephen Moyer, co-stars of the HBO vampire series “True Blood.”

In all, 85 feature-length and 47 short films will be on display at the ninth annual event in lower Manhattan.

Of the 96 featured directors at this year’s festival, 20 have had films screened previously at Tribeca. Thirty-eight filmmakers will have their feature directorial debuts in the 2010 edition of the 11-day event.

The following are the films announced Wednesday by festival organizers:

World Narrative Feature Competition
"Buried Land," directed by Geoffrey Alan Rhodes and Steven Eastwood, written by Rhodes, Eastwood and Dzenan Medanovic. Set in a war-torn town in Bosnia that attracts tourists visiting ancient pyramids.

"Dog Pound," directed by Kim Chapiron, written by Chapiron and Jeremie Delon. A look at three incarcerated teenagers.

"Loose Cannons" ("Mine Vaganti"), directed by Ferzan Ozpetek, written by Ozpetek and Ivan Cotroneo. A family comedy set in the picturesque city of Lecce in the deep south of Italy.

"Lucky Life," directed by Lee Isaac Chung, written by Chung and Samuel Gray Anderson. When one of them falls ill, a group of friends takes one last trip to the beach.

"My Brothers," directed by Paul Fraser, written by William Collins. A quick road trip soon turns into an emotional odyssey.

"Open House," directed and written by Andrew Paquin. A man watches over his sexually predatory partner and her violent urges.

"Paju," directed and written by Chan-ok Park. Two men live in Paju, a gray town where the urban landscape is as bleak as the fate of its residents.

"Gainsbourg: Je t'aime...Moi Non Plus," directed and written by Joann Sfar. A biopic about crooner/poet Serge Gainsbourg.

"Snap," directed and written by Carmel Winters. A psychological drama about three generations of a family poised to repeat the mistakes of the past.

"When We Leave" ("Die Fremde"), directed and written by Feo Aladag. A young Turkish-German woman flees from Istanbul with her five-year-old son into the arms of her family in Berlin.

"The White Meadows" ("Keshtzar haye sepid"), directed and written by Mohammad Rasoulof. The fable-like story of Rahmat, who sails from island to island off the coast of Iran to collect tears.

"William Vincent," directed and written by Jay Anania. James Franco stars in the story of a quiet and peculiar criminal uninterested in the fruits of crime.

World Documentary Feature Competition
"American Mystic," directed by Alex Mar. The stories of three young Americans exploring alternative religion.

"The Arbor, directed by Clio Barnard. The true story of troubled British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her tumultuous relationship with her daughter.

"Budrus," directed by Julia Bacha. A Palestinian family man unites rival parties Fatah and Hamas, Western activists and groups of progressive Israelis in a nonviolent crusade to save his village from being destroyed.

"Earth Made of Glass," directed by Deborah Scranton. An investigative documentary weaving interviews with President Kagame of Rwanda and Jean-Pierre Sagahutu, a survivor of the 1994 genocide.

"Feathered Cocaine," directed by Thorkell Hardarsson and Orn Marino Arnarson. Falcon smuggling.

"Freetime Machos," directed by Mika Ronkainen. Finland's worst amateur rugby team.

"Into Eternity," directed by Michael Madsen. Three miles below the earth, the people of Finland are constructing an enormous tomb to lay to rest their share of humans' 300,000 tons of nuclear waste.

"Monica & David," directed by Alexandra Codina. A couple with Down Syndrome.

"Sons of Perdition," directed by Jennilyn Merten and Tyler Measom. Teenage boys banished from a polygamist community.

"Thieves By Law" ("Ganavim ba Hok"), directed by Alexander Gentelev. The Russian mafia.

"The Two Escobars," directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist. Born in the same city in Colombia but not related, Andres Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a love of soccer.

"The Woodmans," directed by C. Scott Willis. A family united in their belief that art-making is the highest form of expression.

"Blood and Rain" ("La sangre y la lluvia"), directed by Jorge Navas, written by Navas, Carlos Henao and Alize Le Maoult. A taxi driver begins his night shift bent on revenge after his brother's murder.

"A Brand New Life" ("Yeo-haeng-ja"), directed and written by Ounie Lecomte. A young girl is abandoned at an orphanage.

"Heartbreaker" ("L'arnacoeur"), directed by Pascal Chaumeil, written by Laurent Zeitoun, Jeremy Doner and Yoann Gromb. A romantic comedy about one couple who breaks up other couples for a living.

"Lola," directed by Brillante Mendoza, written by Linda Casimiro. Two elderly matriarchs bear the consequences of a crime involving their grandsons.

"Metropia," directed by Tarik Saleh, written by Saleh, Fredrik Edin and Stig Larsson. (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) In the year 2024, all of Europe is united by a vast web of underground railways and populated by an army of downtrodden worker bees.

"Moloch Tropical," directed by Raoul Peck, written by Peck and Jean-Rene Lemoine. (Haiti, France) Haitian auteur Raoul Peck reflects on absolute power corrupting absolutely.

"Road, Movie," directed and written by Dev Benegal. A young man drives his uncle's beat-up Chevy truck across India to its new owner.

Special events
"Doctor Zhivago," directed by David Lean

"Untitled Eliot Spitzer Film," directed by Alex Gibney

"The Western Front, directed and written by Zachary Iscol. A former U.S. Marine returns to Al Anbar.

Photo courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival

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