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TRIBECA 2022

European films to descend on the US East Coast for their Tribeca world premieres

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- The New York City-based gathering, whose mission is to introduce ground-breaking stories and emerging voices, will welcome a host of European productions across several sections

European films to descend on the US East Coast for their Tribeca world premieres
My Love Affair with Marriage by Signe Baumane

The 21st edition of the New York City-based Tribeca Film Festival (8-19 June) boasts 109 feature films by 150 filmmakers, hailing from 40 countries, in its 2022 line-up. “This 2022 feature-film programme leaves us proud and humbled by the boundless ingenuity and passion of our indefatigable filmmaking community,” said festival director and VP of programming Cara Cusumano. “Whether a comedic breath of fresh air or a trenchant exposé of the most urgent contemporary issues, this year’s official selections again remind us of the vitality and urgency of independent film in a world that needs it more than ever.” The line-up includes 88 world premieres, with 50 debuting filmmakers among those selected, while 64% of the features are directed by female, BIPOC or LGBTQ+ helmers. Similarly to previous major US film festivals, such as Sundance, SXSW and Miami, the Tribeca Film Festival will welcome a decent number of European productions.

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The International Narrative Competition will be world-premiering the Latvian dark coming-of-age story January [+see also:
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by Viesturs Kairiss, set against the backdrop of Latvian independence; Annette K Olesen’s Trina Dyrholm-starrer A Matter of Trust, a relationship drama with five stories on interpersonal trust and unspoken truths intertwining; Signe Baumane’s animated flick My Love Affair with Marriage [+see also:
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, which combines ancient mythology and contemporary neuroscience; Floor van der Meulen’s Pink Moon [+see also:
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, where a daughter has to deal with her father’s wish to end his life; and Anna Jadowska’s character study Woman on the Roof [+see also:
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, inspired by a true story where a 60-year-old midwife does something so extremely unexpected that it breaks her family and life apart.

The Documentary Competition will introduce two European productions as world premieres: the UK’s A Story of Bones, directed by Joseph Curran, chronicling Annina van Neel’s “tireless work to reclaim and honour the neglected history of St Helena after the remains of thousands of formerly enslaved Africans are uncovered on the remote island”; and France’s The Wild One by Tessa Louise-Salomé, about Jack Garfein, a Holocaust survivor and film director who was crucial in the formation of the Actors Studio.

Frank Berry’s Irish drama Aisha [+see also:
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(about a young Nigerian woman seeking asylum in Ireland and floundering in a maze of social services and bureaucracy), John Michael McDonagh’s thriller The Forgiven, and Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s meta-comedy Official Competition [+see also:
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will have their US premieres in Spotlight Narrative section. Furthermore, two world-premiering films hail from Austria: Clara Sterns Breaking the Ice [+see also:
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, following an Austrian woman who escapes from the pressures of running her family vineyard by playing ice hockey; and Peter Hengl’s horror Family Dinner [+see also:
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. In addition to the latter, Denmark’s Attachment [+see also:
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, the feature debut by Gabriel Bier Gislason, a horror romance steeped in Jewish folklore, will also drop in the Midnight genre section. Still more European titles can be found across the numerous short-film sections.

In addition to in-person screenings, the festival is curating a selection of features and short films that will be available exclusively online for US audiences through the Tribeca at Home platform (until 26 June), including European movies such as Silvia Brunelli’s Blessed Boys, Véronique Jadin’s dark comedy Employee of the Month [+see also:
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, and Loren Denis and Anthony Vibert’s documentary about Luc Bruyère, Lucky, while Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sánchez Bellot will take an in-depth look into Extinction Rebellion in their film Rebellion.

The full line-up of the 21st Tribeca Film Festival is available here.

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