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TRIBECA 2020

The 19th Tribeca Film Festival is postponed

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- A selected part of the official programmes will be available online for film professionals, and the audience will be able to indulge in some of this year's VR titles, from home

The 19th Tribeca Film Festival is postponed
The Hater by Jan Komasa

UPDATE (14 April 2020): The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival has been postponed, but a selected part of its programming will be accessible online so that storytellers and audiences can still experience the event together – apart. On 17 April, the Immersive programme, including 15 VR films in the Cinema360 programme, will be available for home viewing in partnership with Facebook’s Oculus; audiences will also be able to watch the works by the Tribeca X Award (for branded storytelling) finalists via streaming links. For industry and press professionals, the Tribeca Industry Extranet Resource Hub will be launched as planned and will provide various resources linked to the programme, including rights availabilities, a delegate directory and sales contacts. Also, as part of the hub, an online screening library will be accessible, where selected titles from the original feature and short programmes will be available to be streamed immediately or upon request. Furthermore, the fifth edition of N.O.W. (New Online Work) Creators Market will unspool digitally (21-22 April), and through hundreds of 20-minute video pitch meetings, creators will communicate with distributors, producers and platforms. Finally, the juried awards will be delivered as scheduled, since the jury members will be able to stream all of the selected movies from home and deliberate on their decisions at the originally planned times.

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The 19th Tribeca Film Festival has announced a “super-sized” feature-film line-up that mixes experienced and up-and-coming voices from the USA and around the globe. With a total of 114 titles – from among 3,385 submissions – directed by 124 filmmakers hailing from 40 countries, the festival will feature 95 world premieres in total. As always, the gathering will run in the eponymous neighbourhood in New York, from 15-26 April.

As every year, Tribeca’s International Narrative Competition will include ten films, three of them European co-productions, which will enjoy their world and international premieres and will be competing for the Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Best Actress Awards. Tribeca’s artistic director, Frédéric Boyer, commented on the selection: “The ten films in our International Narrative Competition reflect the power of political and artistic filmmaking from all over the world. From returning filmmakers to new voices, we will welcome and celebrate the diverse storytellers who will share their personal visions of their own cultures. Tribeca audiences will embark on ten journeys full of poetry and emotion in these innovative, international tales.”

Starting with the European titles, Oscar-nominated Polish helmer Jan Komasa (Corpus Christi [+see also:
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) is awaiting the international premiere of his new film, The Hater [+see also:
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(Poland), which follows a disgraced Law student who is willing to do anything to impress his girlfriend and her liberal family. Enjoying its world premiere, My Wonderful Wanda [+see also:
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by Bettina Oberli (Switzerland) is a family drama revolving around a Polish nurse who gets involved with a wealthy Swiss family, whose patriarch she is taking care of. Meanwhile, Indian filmmaker Prashant Nair is gearing up for the world premiere of his Tryst with Destiny (India/France), a triptych that follows a billionaire, a lower-caste couple and a corrupt city cop.

The rest of the selection of the International Narrative Competition includes the world premieres of Ainu Mosir (China/Japan/USA) by Takeshi Fukunaga, Asia by Ruthy Pribar (Israel), Contactado by Marité Ugás (Peru), Kokoloko by Gerardo Naranjo (Mexico), Nobody Knows I'm Here by Gaspar Antillo (Chile), She Paradise by Maya Cozier (Trinidad and Tobago) and Sublet by Eytan Fox (Israel/USA).

Furthermore, the European-co-produced feature-length documentaries Simple as Water by Megan Mylan (USA/Syria/Turkey/Greece/Germany) and Wake up on Mars [+see also:
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by Dea Gjinovci (France/Switzerland) will enjoy their world premieres and will participate in Tribeca’s Documentary Competition, while Wonderboy [+see also:
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by Anissa Bonnefont (France) will have its international premiere.

In the Spotlight Narrative section, the European picks include the world premieres of Love Spreads by Jamie Adams (UK), Monday by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Greece/USA), The Sound of Philadelphia by Jeremie Guez (France/Belgium/Netherlands/USA), Stardust [+see also:
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by Gabriel Range (UK) and The Trip to Greece [+see also:
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by Michael Winterbottom (UK/Greece), while Julie Delpy’s My Zoe [+see also:
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(France/Germany) will have its US premiere in the section.

Finally, some of the documentary highlights of the Spotlight section, most of which deal with famous personalities, include the world premieres of The Art of Political Murder [+see also:
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by Paul Taylor (UK), Banksy Most Wanted [+see also:
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by Aurélia Rouvier, Laurent Richard and Seamus Haley (France), Helmut Newton: the Bad and the Beautiful [+see also:
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by Gero von Boehm (Germany), Kubrick by Kubrick [+see also:
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by Gregory Monro (France) and Yung Lean: In My Head by Henrik Burman (Sweden).

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