Tribeca 2013: What are SoundOnSight’s Most Anticipated Films?

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Tribeca’s 12th annual festival, running from April 17-28, is now underway and we have a wide variety of films to look forward to. Below lists some of the selections we are most looking forward to and will be covering throughout the festival. For a full list of our coverage, please check it out here. Cheers to a great year at Tribeca!

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Adult World

Directed by:
Scott Coffey
Starring:
Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack, Armando Riesco, Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward
Synopsis:
Amy is naïve, awkward and anxious to get her poetry career off of the ground in a post-grad existence that is going nowhere. Living with her parents in a seemingly bland upstate New York town and desperate for income, she begrudgingly accepts a job at Adult World, the local, wood-paneled sex shop. Owned by a frisky elderly couple and staffed by diva transvestite Rubio and sweet local boy Alex, Amy balances her work amongst the pornography and sex toys by fiercely pursuing a surefire kick start for her success: a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings, played by a hilarious John Cusack. Slowly, Amy’s world begins to meld with that of her co-workers, most affectingly as she and Alex strike up a flirty relationship. Read more.

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Before Midnight
Directed by:
Richard Linklater
Starring:
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Synopsis:
In 1995, they won our hearts with the honesty of Before Sunrise. In 2004, that resonant magic was revisited in Before Sunset. Now, in the eagerly anticipated third chapter in the star-crossed tale of Jesse and Celine, Richard Linklater fast-forwards to nine years after the last meeting in what just may be the ending to the perfect trilogy. Witty heartfelt dialogue seamlessly mixes with signature long takes to bring this couple to yet another crossroads in a twisting but passionate relationship. As Jesse and Celine have matured, so has their bond and candor, as familiarity, life’s ups and downs and time itself add refinement and a fresh lyrical quality to this most recent encounter. Read More.

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A Birder’s Guide to Everything
Directed by:
Rob Meyer
Starring:
Ben Kingsley, James LeGros, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alex Wolff, Katie Chang, Michael Chen, Daniela Lavender
Synopsis:
Sideways meets Stand by Me in this endearing story of friendship, family and a place in bird watching’s history books. On the eve of his widower father’s second wedding, fifteen-year-old David Portnoy spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck. Now he and the two other stalwart members of the local Young Birders Society, joined by their headstrong photographer classmate Ellen, take off on a rollicking, interstate road trip in search of a rare bird and elusive answers to teenage questions large and small. Read more.

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Bluebird
Directed by:
Lance Edmands
Starring:
Amy Morton, John Slattery, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Margo Martindale, Adam Driver
Synopsis:
After finishing her usual route, school bus driver Lesley begins a final inspection. Distracted by the unusual appearance of a bluebird on a freezing January evening, she neglects to check the back of the bus. Concurrently, Marla heads straight to the bar after her shift. Caught up in self-loathing and looking for solace, she longs to forget her responsibilities. In the morning both women discover that their slight negligence has resulted in serious consequences, cracking the quiet of their small town. Family bonds begin to fray, and the community is shaken like a snow globe as it struggles to reconcile the past and present.  Read more.

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Bottled Up
Directed by:
Enid Zentelis
Starring:
Many Beckner, Anthony Brandonisio, Riel Roch Decter, Enid Zentelis, Erik Weigel, Melissa Leo
Synopsis:
In this modern day drama, Oscar®-winner Melissa Leo beautifully conveys the heart-wrenching struggle that comes with love and addiction. She plays hopelessly hopeful Faye, mother to Sylvie who, many months after a car accident, continues to complain of back pain. After refusing physical therapy, it becomes clear to everyone but Faye that her daughter is addicted to pain killers. When earnest environmentalist Beckett moves to town, Faye quickly befriends him, hoping that he will be the solution to Sylvie’s problems. As Beckett finds himself further intertwined in their lives, he inadvertently helps Faye realize the depth of her family’s problem. Before too long Faye’s hand is forced, and she must decide whether to protect her daughter or find the happiness that she has long denied herself. Read more.

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The Broken Circle Breakdown
Directed by:
Felix van Groeningen
Starring:
Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg, Nils De Caster, Robby Cleiren
Synopsis:
Punky Elise runs a tattoo shop. Cowboy Didier plays banjo in a bluegrass band. When they meet, it’s love at first sight. When they move into a homey old farmhouse where their daughter Maybelle is born, their happiness is complete. But when a crisis strikes the hopeful new family, these two very different lovers are forced to fight for their marriage together. Elise finds comfort in religion, while Didier clings to the here-and-now, and the two find their love and faith tested as they drift farther away from each other, grasping for moments of connection amid their rousing country concerts. Read more.


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Byzantium
Directed by:
Neil Jordan
Starring:
Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays, Caleb Landry Jones
Synopsis:
Neil Jordan’s first exploration into the realm of vampirism began in 1996 with Interview with the Vampire. Now he immerses us in this lurid world via the plight of two willful women, perfectly played by Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton. For the past two hundred years, Eleanor’s story has been held captive, silenced by her protective “sister” Clara. Demure Eleanor longs to purge the history that made them into nomadic sanguivores. When the gruesome past comes haunting, they are forced to move to a small seaside town. Clara quickly secures a haven for them in the dilapidated Byzantium Hotel, while Eleanor finds solace in the companionship of a local boy. The bond proves dangerous when Eleanor deems him trustworthy, revealing the truth of who she is and how she survives. As Clara and Eleanor become more exposed, the body count begins to rise, resulting in a wild hunt for blood. Read more.

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A Case of You
Directed by:
Kat Coiro
Starring:
Evan Rachel Wood, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps, Brendan Fraser, Sienna Miller, Justin Long, Vince Vaughn
Synopsis:
Young writer Sam has a crush on Birdie, the cute and quirky barista at his local coffee shop. When his conventional attempts to woo her crash and burn, he takes his efforts online, creating an Internet profile embellished with all of the details that would make him Birdie’s dream guy: ballroom dancing, rock climbing, a seemingly endless, escalating series of wacky and unlikely hobbies. When the harebrained scheme is a surprise success and Birdie falls for his exaggerated alter ego, Sam must keep up the act or lose his dream girl forever. Read more.

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The English Teacher
Directed by:
Craig Zisk
Starring:
Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane
Synopsis:
Julianne Moore stars as small-town Pennsylvania schoolteacher Linda Sinclair, who balances her staid home life with an incredible passion for her subject. Then a former star pupil reenters her life after failing as a playwright in New York City. Seeing in his script the inspiration that she has always longed to instill in her students, this dyed-in-the-wool romantic enlists the help of long-suffering drama teacher Carl—played with scene-stealing gusto by Nathan Lane—to mount the work as the high school’s next and riskiest production. In so doing, they make promises and decisions that they can never take back. Read more.

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Frankenstein’s Army
Directed by:
Richard Raaphorst
Starring:
Karel Roden, Joshua Sasse, Robert Gwilym, Alexander Mercury, Luke Newberry, Hon Ping Tang
Synopsis:
In the waning days of World War II, a unit of Russian soldiers finds itself on a mysterious mission to locate and rescue a missing team of comrades in a remote East German village. Arriving at an abandoned town, the soldiers notice strange and unusual clues: the corpses in the local graveyard have been exhumed, some lying scattered in the village, and now the team’s radio signal is being jammed. Stumbling upon what appears to be an abandoned factory, they unearth a terrifying Nazi plan to resurrect fallen soldiers as an army of unstoppable freaks and are soon trapped in a veritable haunted house of cobbled-together monstrosities. Read more.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Directed by:
Mira Nair
Starring:
Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi
Synopsis:
Pakistan-born Changez Khan is a talented young man with a bright future who turns a Princeton degree into a successful career as a Wall Street analyst and finds love with a beautiful photographer, Erica. But Changez’s life takes a dramatic turn in the wake of 9/11, as he faces racial prejudices in America and pursues a career as a radicalized university professor in his native Lahore.  Based on the celebrated bestseller by Mohsin Hamid, Mira Nair’s delicate, multilayered adaptation examines the complex and globally contentious ideas and ideologies of the post-9/11 world. Fueled by superb performances from Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber and Martin Donovan, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is replete with scenes both familiar and unique. Nair takes us on a thought-provoking personal and political exploration of issues we think we understand but are perhaps polarizing beyond comprehension. With her own inestimable style and intelligence, she has fashioned a resonant examination of a decade of change: the world we came from, the world we currently live in and its affect on us all. Read more.

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Some Velvet Morning
Directed by:
Neil LaBute
Starring:
Stanley Tucci, Alice Eve
Synopsis:
Young and beautiful Velvet is enjoying a relaxing morning in her New York brownstone when Fred interrupts. With suitcase in tow, he enters the apartment with great expectation. Not having seen or heard from Fred in nearly four years, Velvet is clearly surprised. As Fred unloads the reason for his resurfacing, the history and nature of their relationship is revealed. The weight of their reconnection becomes clear as tension mounts and their chemistry reaches its climax. Read more.

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Trust Me
Directed by:
Clark Gregg
Starring:
Clark Gregg, Saxon Sharbino, Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Allison Janney
Synopsis:
Directed by and starring versatile actor Clark Gregg and featuring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet, Trust Me follows flailing agent Howard Holloway, whose own failed career as a young actor makes him a seemingly natural fit for the scheming, brown-nosing world of Hollywood agents. Yet, despite—nay, because of—his good intentions, Howard is unable to find even a smidgen of success, bumbling through one failed interaction onto the next. Read more.

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V/H/S/2
Directed by:
Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, Jason Eisener
Starring:
Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L.C. Holt, Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes
Synopsis:
Two investigators tracking the disappearance of a student break into an abandoned house to find a collection of VHS tapes strewn around an ominous, flickering AV setup. Each unmarked cassette reveals traces of the paranormal, the flesh-eating undead, evil alien invaders and an apocalyptic vision of hell on earth. Drawn closer to the warbling static, the obsessed trespassers fall prey to the unforeseen doom of the inhabited home. Read more.

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What Richard Did
Directed by:
Lenny Abrahamson
Starring:
Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy, Sam Keeley, Lars Mikkelsen
Synopsis:
“You’ve got everything worked out,” Lara says to Richard midway through Lenny Abrahamson’s meditative summer break drama set amongst the gray skies and rugged beaches south of Dublin. It certainly seems so. The handsome, charismatic rugby player is headed to university in the fall. Until then, he dominates the social scene, commanding a devoted core of teammates through the rituals of their final summer together: partying on the seaside, hazing younger students, pacifying parents, chatting up girls, rescuing them from rivals who take the playful flirtations too far. The good times will not last forever. When jealousies flair between friends and a brawl provides cover for an unintended but senseless act, Richard’s perfect life unravels amid self-doubt, shame, grief and guilt. Read more.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 17-28. Visit the official website for more information.


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