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10 Tribeca Movies We're Excited About

April 21, 2013  |  10:16am

New York City in the springtime is pretty spectacular to begin with, but what about the chance to see great films and rub shoulders with the stars? Paste sifts through this year’s program to recommend our top picks.

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Almost Christmas
The Category: World Premiere, Narrative
The Tribeca Synopsis: Two French Canadian ne’er-do-wells travel to New York City with a scheme to a get rich quick selling Christmas trees. Easygoing charmer Rene (Paul Rudd) clashes with misanthropic ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti), whose wife Rene just stole. Still, this odd couple must make an honest go of it in this fresh buddy comedy co-starring Sally Hawkins, by the director of the indie breakout hit Junebug.
The Key Players: Director Phil Morrison; Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti, Sally Hawkins
The Draw: Canadian humor. Always a hit. Expect Paul Giamatti in full delightfully scoundrelly mode.

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Before Midnight
The Category: New York Premiere, Narrative
The Tribeca Synopsis: In the eagerly anticipated third chapter in the star-crossed tale of Jesse and Celine, director and co-writer Richard Linklater fast-forwards to nine years after their last meeting. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy deliver powerfully authentic performances as the companions who find themselves at yet another crossroads in their twisting but passionate relationship. The picturesque streets of Greece serve as the latest backdrop to this beautifully crafted love story. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
The Key Players: Director Richard Linklater; Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
The Draw: Before Midnight concludes one of cinema’s great trilogies—assuming it stays a trilogy. Director Richard Linklater and stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have built a beautiful study of life and love, each chapter of which stands on its own while adding emotional resonance to the other two. The series’ trademark intense, thoughtful and personal conversations remain. An early scene holds on one perfectly acted two-shot in a car for 13 minutes. The discussions are often as hilarious as they are engaging. Hangups, regrets and doubts have have become a greater part of Jesse and Celine’s lives, and the film reflects that. But it also reminds us what made the couple such a lovable pair that they could hold our interest for 20 years.—Jeremy Mathews

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Byzantium
The Category: U.S. Premiere, Narrative
The Tribeca Synopsis: Neil Jordan’s exploration of vampirism began with Interview with the Vampire. Now he returns to this lurid, malevolent realm through Clara (Gemma Arterton) and her daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan). Creatures from Clara’s past come calling, and these immortals are forced to relocate. Dire consequences follow anyway when Eleanor makes a connection with a local boy (Caleb Landry Jones) and slowly reveals the truth of who they are and how they survive. An IFC Films release.
The Key Players: Director Neil Jordan; Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan
The Draw: It doesn’t matter whether you were a fan of Interview with the Vampire. Everything Neil Jordan does is worthy of attention.

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Greetings from Tim Buckley
The Category: U.S. Premiere, Narrative
The Tribeca Synopsis: “Like father, like son” is a demanding expression for someone who never knew his dad. When young Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley) is asked to participate in a tribute concert for his late musician father Tim, music opens his eyes to the artistic legacy that he is destined to follow. Imogen Poots co-stars in this quiet and powerful tribute to those legends sustained by admiration, love and, in this case, beautiful music. A Tribeca Film release.
The Key Players: Director Daniel Algrant
The Draw: Jeff Buckley is certainly a major favorite among the editorial staff at Paste. But the larger issue of a son struggling with his father’s legacy rings true as well. One of our most anticipated films of the fest.

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Just a Sigh (Le temps de l’aventure)
The Category: International Premiere
The Tribeca Synopsis: In the short break between performances in Calais, stage actress Alix (the stunning Emmanuelle Devos) makes a quick escape to Paris. On the train she meets a mysterious English stranger (Gabriel Byrne) and, for the most fleeting of afternoons, imagines what the future could hold down a different road. With masterful performances by its two acclaimed stars, Just a Sigh is an imaginative, lushly filmed Parisian romance from young and versatile director Jérôme Bonnell. In English, French with subtitles.
The Key Players: Director Jérôme Bonnell; Gabriel Byrne
The Draw: Mostly we just want to see what Bonnell did to make this different from Before Sunrise. We’d like to be a fly on the wall if he and Richard Linklater meet up at this year’s fest.

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Lil Bub & Friendz
The Category: World Premiere, Documentary
The Tribeca Synopsis: Called “the most famous cat on the Internet,” the wide-eyed perma-kitten Lil Bub is the adorable embodiment of the Web’s fascination with all things cats. Join Lil Bub and her owner on wild cross-country romp as they meet the Internet’s most famous cat-lebrities. Chock full of adorable kitties, hilarious videos and the dedicated cat enthusiasts who love them, Lil Bub & Friendz is a fun and hip peek behind the memes we know and love. Includes Mike “The Dude” Bridavsky, Ben Lashes, Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat.
The Key Players: Directors Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner
The Draw: Finding out whether they can really pull it off.

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The Pretty One
The Category: World Premiere, Narrative
The Tribeca Synopsis: Audrey has all of the qualities that her twin sister Laurel wishes she possessed: confidence, style, independence. When tragedy strikes, Laurel has the opportunity to reinvent herself. In a complex performance, Zoe Kazan poignantly captures Laurel’s complex mix of loss and awakening, especially as she begins a new relationship with her neighbor (Jake Johnson). Jeneìe LaMarque’s first feature film is a quirky, lovely tale of identity and the eternal bond between two sisters.
The Key Players: Director Jenée LaMarque; Zoe Kazan
The Draw: The next project Zoe Kazan does that’s not interesting, will be the first one. She’s quickly joining John Hawkes on the list of actors whose very presence sells us on a film.

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Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
The Category: World Premiere, Documentary
The Tribeca Synopsis: This moving portrait of legendary comedian Richard Pryor chronicles his life from his troubled youth in Peoria, Illinois, to his meteoric rise as one of the most respected comic actors of the 20th century. Often misunderstood during the height of his celebrity, the late superstar has never been profiled this extensively. Marina Zenovich’s revealing and entertaining film lays bare the demons with which he struggled and reminds us just how daring and dangerous artistic freedom can be. Includes interviews with Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Mel Brooks, Quincy Jones, Lily Tomlin, Jesse Jackson.
The Key Players: Director Marina Zenovich
The Draw: Younger fans who think that Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, or even Kevin Hart came out of nowhere need to know the life and work of Richard Pryor. His comedy remains just as fresh today as when he was still alive, slaying audiences.

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Some Velvet Morning
The Category: World Premiere, Narrative
The Tribeca Synopsis: Fred arrives at Velvet’s doorstep, suitcases in tow. He tells her that he has finally left his wife to be with her, news to Velvet since she has not seen him in years and is now with Fred’s recently married son. As Fred’s hopes crash to earth during a conversation brimming with passion, remorse, humor and anger, the twisted heart of a fascinating relationship is revealed. Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve star in this spirited living room drama.
The Key Players: Director Neil LaBute; Stanley Tucci, Alice Eve
The Draw: Two things you can be sure of from a Neil Labute film—it will confound your expectations, and it will be highly intelligent. Stanley Tucci never disappoints, and Alice Eve is one of the most underrated actresses around. Don’t miss this one.

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Trust Me
The Category: World Premiere, Narrative
The Tribeca Synopsis: Directed by and starring Clark Gregg and featuring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet, Trust Me follows flailing Hollywood agent Howard, who seemingly strikes gold after signing the next big child star. What results is an unexpected ride through the nasty inner workings of Hollywood, as Howard desperately tries to make it in an industry that has no interest in recognizing his bumbling but ultimately genuine nature.
The Key Players: Director Clark Gregg; Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, Amanda Peet
The Draw: That incredible cast, plus the curiosity aroused whenever a favorite character actor turns his hand to directing. Bonus: catty insights into Hollywood!

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