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15 Films To Be Excited About At The Tribeca Film Festival

1. Adult World

Who’s in it: Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack, Armando Riesco, Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward
What it’s about: Desperate to move out of her parents’ house, Amy (Roberts) accepts a job at local sex shop Adult World. Meanwhile, she tries to recruit reclusive writer Rat Billings (Cusack) as her mentor.
Why we’re excited: It’s nice to see Emma Roberts and American Horror Story standout Evan Peters step outside their comfort zones. Director Scott Parker’s last film got him onto Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

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2. Almost Christmas

Niko Tavernise

Who’s in it: Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti, Sally Hawkins
What it’s about: Dennis (Giamatti), an ex-con, and Rene (Rudd), the man who stole Dennis’ ex-wife, travel to New York City for a get-rich-quick scheme selling Christmas trees. Their plans change when Dennis meets Olga (Hawkins).
Why we’re excited: Director Phil Morrison won us over with his indie hit Junebug (and a particularly great episode of Enlightened). Hawkins is always charming and should play well against the inspired Giamatti-Rudd duo.

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3. Big Bad Wolves

Giora Bejach

Who’s in it: Lior Ashkenazi, Tzachi Grad, Rotem Keinan, Dov Glickman, Menashe Noy, Dvir Benedek
What it’s about: Two men, one a vigilante cop and the other a grieving father, kidnap an alleged serial killer. As they brutally interrogate the religious studies teacher, shocking truths are revealed.
Why we’re excited: Audiences haven’t seen many horror films out of Israel, and this sounds like an intriguing spin on the classic rape-revenge genre. It seems like it’ll be hard to watch, but also promises to be darkly comedic.

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4. Bridegroom

Shane Bitney Crone

Who directed it: Linda Bloodworth Thomason
What it’s about: This documentary tells the story of Shane and Tom, and the legal and emotional struggles Shane faced following Tom’s untimely death. Through Shane, we see the direct results of marriage inequality.
Why we’re excited: This is Bloodworth Thomason’s first documentary — she’s best known for creating Designing Women. And while that has become a cult classic among gay men, this could be an important work for 21st century LGBT politics.

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5. Byzantium

Christopher Raphael

Who’s in it: Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays, Caleb Landry Jones
What it’s about: Vampire sisters Clara (Arterton) and Eleanor (Ronan) are forced to live a life on the run. They find refuge in the run-down Byzantium Hotel, but the secrets of their existence soon come to light.
Why we’re excited: It’s Neil Jordan doing vampires again — his last foray was the contemporary classic Interview With the Vampire. And with Hanna, Ronan proved she has the chops to portray a strong and terrifying heroine.

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6. A Case of You

Jessica Miglio

Who’s in it: Evan Rachel Wood, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps, Brendan Fraser, Sienna Miller, Justin Long, Vince Vaughn
What it’s about: Sam (Long) has a crush on barista Birdie (Wood), so he makes up a fake online dating profile designed with her in mind. When Birdie predictably falls for the internet persona, Sam has to pretend to be someone he’s not.
Why we’re excited: Finally, The Truth About Cats & Dogs for the OKCupid age. Plus, it’s written by and starring the highly underrated Long, with a cast of very likable and talented comic performers — including Dinklage and his ridiculous highlights.

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7. Deep Powder

Linda Kallerus

Who’s in it: Shiloh Fernandez, Haley Bennet, Josh Salatin, Colby Minifie, Logan Miller, Dana Eskelson
What it’s about: Boarding school student Natasha (Bennet) falls for Danny (Fernandez), a ski lift operator from the wrong side of the tracks. She enlists him to join her on a dangerous annual drug run to score high-quality cocaine from Ecuador.
Why we’re excited: Take the teenage debauchery and poor decision making of Spring Breakers and transplant it to a snowy New England town. Sounds like a recipe for a memorable film experience, particularly with these rising stars.

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8. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Smart Broad Films

Who directed it: Chiemi Karasawa
What it’s about: Legendary Broadway star Elaine Stritch discusses her career and aging as she’s documented during her final U.S. tour. The film includes interviews from countless people who have worked with Stritch over the years.
Why we’re excited: Stritch is a living legend and an inimitable personality — frankly, it’s amazing there hasn’t been a documentary about her before now. The trailer alone will grip anyone familiar with Stritch’s lifetime of incredible work.

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9. The English Teacher

Who’s in it: Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane
What it’s about: English teacher Linda Sinclair (Moore) is inspired by the return of former student Jason Sherwood (Angarano). With the help of drama teacher Carl (Lane), she decides to turn Jason’s script into an ambitious high school play.
Why we’re excited: This is the first feature film by veteran TV director Craig Zisk, who did great work with Weeds and United States of Tara. We know he’s adept at quirky dramedy, and it would be hard to go wrong with such an accomplished cast.

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10. G.B.F.

Kate Romero

Who’s in it: Michael J. Willett, Paul Iacono, Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen, Xosha Roquemore, Molly Tarlov, Megan Mullally
What it’s about: When Tanner (Willett) is outed, he becomes the hottest accessory at North Gateway High: the Gay Best Friend. Soon the three most popular girls engage in a heated battle for Tanner’s attention.
Why we’re excited: Darren Stein already subverted the high school genre with the brilliant Jawbreaker, and now he’s giving it a new LGBT spin. The hip young cast of TV stars should give this movie major crossover appeal.

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11. Oxyana

Hillary Spera

Who directed it: Sean Dunne
What it’s about: The small mining town of Oceana, West Virginia has become known as “Oxyana” by its residents due to the widespread addiction to OxyContin. The addicts tell their own stories and explain the drug’s debilitating effects firsthand.
Why we’re excited: Drug documentaries can be judgmental, but Dunne’s film promises to offer an unflinching yet non-preachy look at these people’s lives. This is a side of American life and addiction that many of us have not been exposed to.

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12. Raze

Lindsey Arnold

Who’s in it: Zoe Bell, Rachel Nichols, Rebecca Marshall, Tracie Thoms, Bailey Anne Borders, Allene Quincy
What it’s about: A group of women are abducted and left in an underground lair. Once there, they learn they’re forced to fight each other to the death until one victor is left, all for the pleasure of unseen spectators.
Why we’re excited: Did you catch our interview with Bell? She’s quickly emerging as a serious action star, and she pitches the film well. If that doesn’t get you pumped, you might not be in the target audience for this gritty fighting flick.

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13. Six Acts

Ziv Mamon

Who’s in it: Sivan Levy, Eviatar Mor, Roy Nik, Niv Zilberberg
What it’s about: When Gili (Levy) changes school, she decides to up her social status by sleeping with the most popular guy in school. He quickly passes her on to her friend, and soon she’s engaging in a series of sex acts that seem out of her control.
Why we’re excited: The premise is dark, but it’s worth exploring, especially as we continue to question the issues surrounding young people’s sexuality and the line of consent. Just because it’s not easy to watch doesn’t mean we should look away.

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14. Some Velvet Morning

Rogier Stoffers

Who’s in it: Stanley Tucci, Alice Eve
What it’s about: After four years without contact, Fred (Tucci) shows up unexpectedly at Velvet’s (Eve) apartment with suitcases. Through their conversation, the history of their relationship is revealed.
Why we’re excited: Neil LaBute is adept at handling complicated intimate relationships, and this claustrophobic setting will help his dialogue shine. The mystery of Fred and Velvet’s past should create enough tension to propel the story.

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15. Trust Me

Shawna Ankenbrandt

Who’s in it: Clark Gregg, Saxon Sharbino, Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Allison Janney
What it’s about: Struggling agent Howard Holloway (Gregg) thinks he’s found the next big thing in 14-year-old Lydia (Sharbino). But nothing is that simple, especially when dealing with a troubled young girl and her alcoholic father.
Why we’re excited: Written, directed, and starring the great Clark Gregg, who gave us a sharp dark comedy with his adaptation of Choke. It’s always fun to watch an insider expose the industry’s morally corrupt underbelly.

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