The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the first half of its 2010 slate, and while only one film is pure horror, two more are categorized as noir, and there’s also a “gripping psychological drama” thrown in for good measure.
The popular fest, which is branching out to include an online element this year with Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (click here to learn more), runs from April 21 through May 2, 2010. If previous years are any indication, we can expect at least another handful of genre films to join those mentioned here when the balance of the schedule is revealed on March 15th.
Now let’s take a look at the last film mentioned above first:
Directed and written by Carmel Winters (Ireland) – World Premiere
With a fresh and intense style, playwright-turned-director Carmel Winters composes a gripping psychological drama about three generations of a family poised to repeat the mistakes of the past. Aisling O’Sullivan (The War Zone) commands the screen as a calloused mother who will do anything to protect her son — even deny her own past. From the producers of TFF award winner Eden and the Academy Award® winner Once.
The two noirish entries are:
Directed by Jorge Navas, written by Carlos Henao, Alizé Le Maoult, and Jorge Navas (Colombia, Argentina) – New York Premiere
In Jorge Navas’ beautifully composed neo-noir, taxi driver Jorge begins his night shift bent on revenge after his brother’s murder at the hands of a violent gang. But when an accident brings him unexpectedly closer to his party-girl fare Angela, the damaged pair must struggle against forces already set in motion, drawing them inexorably into the rain-soaked underworld of Bogotá.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Directed by Tarik Saleh, written by Fredrik Edin, Stig Larsson, and Tarik Saleh (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) – New York Premiere
In the year 2024, all of Europe is united by a vast web of underground railways, populated by an army of downtrodden worker bees. When one such cog starts hearing voices and encounters a femme fatale shampoo model who seems to hold some answers, he finds himself unearthing a vast Orwellian conspiracy in this visually arresting animated noir. With the voices of Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, and Alexander Skarsgård.
A Tribeca Film release.
Which brings us to the highlight for genre fans:
Directed and written by Andrew Paquin (USA) – World Premiere
Brian Geraghty gives a haunting performance as prim and taciturn David, forced for years to watch over his sexually predatory partner Lila (Tricia Helfer) and her violent urges. David longs for human connection and a less violent existence, and when a would-be victim becomes a chance at redemption, he is torn between his humanity and the only life he’s ever known.
The writer/director’s sister, Anna Paquin, and her “True Blood” co-star Stephen Moyer, also appear in the film.
The rest of the half-slate includes twelve documentaries, ten additional narrative features, five more “Showcase” films, and three “Special Events”, one of which is a work in progress that takes an in-depth look at New York governor and ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’ Eliot Spitzer. Oh, how I wish I lived in New York sometimes!
For more information visit the official 2010 Tribeca Film Festival website.
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