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The 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival lights up Manhattan April 18th through April 29th. with a VR Arcade, Tribeca TV, Tribeca Talks and a full slate of exciting films. This year celebrates star-studded retrospective screenings of two iconic films, Brian De Palma’s Scarface and Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.
I’m about to hit the streets in search the Festival’s best. Here’s my five most anticipated:
Feature. Directed: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke. Running time: 104 Minutes
Zombies in the Australian outback! A bitten man (Martin Freeman) with a wife and baby has only 48 hours left before he joins the undead. A chance crossing with a young boy leads him to a possible cure from an Aboriginal tribe. It’s part epic outdoor adventure, part horror movie. It’s a tough genre to find a new take on and a father turning into a zombie with a baby strapped to his chest while lost in the outback sounds amazing.
Feature. Directed: Robert Bureau Running Time: 92 Minutes
Stockholm is based on the real bank robbery that originated the term “Stockholm Syndrome”. Ethan Hawke stars as Lars, a bumbling, charismatic thief who somehow turned his hostages into alleys to rob the largest money lender in Sweden. His outlandish demands, like asking his friend (Mark Strong) to be released from prison to help him with the crime and getting the bank teller, Bianca (Noomi Rapace), to convince everyone to go along with his bizarre robbery left psychologists baffled. It’s a story that begs to be up on the big screen and the cast is outstanding.
In 2011, I waited two hours in line for the Met’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty show and ugly cried through the whole exhibit. It wasn’t just because of his untimely death; it was witnessing the absolute genius of McQueen lovingly curated to deliver the magnitude of his impact. He was a master craftsman who used fashion as a meditation on identity, gender, politics, sexuality, and spirituality. After that epic introduction into the magnitude of this designer, I’m thrilled that a full-length documentary about Alexander McQueen from the Producer of Kinky Boots hits the screens at TFF this year. The film takes an intimate look into his extraordinary life and draws back the curtain on this enigmatic, iconic figure. I can’t wait to get to know him better.
Time for Ilhan
Documentary. Directed: Nora Shapiro. Running time: 89 Minutes
Ilhan Omar, an immigrant, Muslim woman was elected in 2016 as the first Somali-American Legislator in history. While far-right conservatism engulfed the election year, Ilhan, wearing a head-scarf and scrapping together a campaign, quietly made history. Filmmaker Nora Shapiro documents this profound shift in the new possibilities for American government that are happening right now.
Documentary: Sara Kerruish, Matt Maude. Running Time: 92 Minutes
In 1994, a company called General Magic, a spin-off from Apple, shipped out the first hand-held personal computer, essentially the smartphone. But, the 1990’s wasn’t ready for that level of innovation. The product failed and General Magic went out of business. 25 years later the founders get to tell their exhilarating story of being far ahead of their time in this compelling documentary. In this time of staggering advances in technology, I’m excited to see what it was like for these guys to just be too ahead of the curve to succeed in their centaury and how their creativity and big thinking altered history.
Ivy Lofberg is a Film Journalist in New York City. She has written for Sordid Cinema, Film Inquiry and PopOptiq
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