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SHOWING 354 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2019
Almost Human - Tribeca X

ALMOST HUMAN - TRIBECA X

  • Release Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 48 minutes
  • Directed By: Jeppe Rønde
  • Country: Denmark
In your end is your beginning. Atoms in your hand were made at the big bang. You existed right from the start, and you exist everywhere; in the sea, in the stars - and you exist in the end. A wave can erase your castle of sand, but that will merely be, a new beginning. Almost Human is notes on the human condition by 10 scientist and a robot. |Read More
Experimental, Documentary, Science Fiction, Technology
American Factory

AMERICAN FACTORY

  • Release Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 109 minutes
  • Directed By: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  • Country: USA
The documentary is called American Factory, but that’s “American” with a wink: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s stunning film explores the complex merging of cultures that arises when Chinese billionaire opens a factory in Dayton, Ohio. |Read More
Documentary
American Woman

AMERICAN WOMAN

  • Release Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Directed By: Semi Chellas
  • Country: Canada
Inspired by the headline-dominating kidnapping of heiress Patricia Hearst in 1974, this atmospheric drama is a fictionalized reimagining of her time in hiding, from the perspective of Jenny (Hong Chau), a political activist assigned to take care of her. |Read More
Drama
Anne+

ANNE+

  • Release Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 22 minutes
  • Country: Netherlands
The weekend 24-year-old Anne (Hanna van Vliet) moves into her Amsterdam apartment, she unexpectedly runs into ex-girlfriend Lily (Eline van Gils). Her reappearance pushes Anne to reflect on the diverse women from her past and their influence on her life. |Read More
Drama, LGBTQIA
Apocalypse Now Final Cut

APOCALYPSE NOW FINAL CUT

  • Release Year: 1979
  • Runtime: 183 minutes
  • Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Country: USA
Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at the Festival with a screening of a new, never-before-seen restored version of the film, entitled Apocalypse Now: Final Cut. |Read More
Drama
Apollo

APOLLO

  • Release Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Directed By: Roger Ross Williams
  • Country: USA
The Apollo covers the rich history of the storied performance space over its 85 years and follows a new production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me as it comes to the theater’s grand stage. The creation of this vibrant multi-media stage show frames the way in which The Apollo explores the current struggle of black lives in America, the role that art plays in that struggle and the broad range of African American achievement that the Apollo Theater represents. |Read More
Documentary
Armonia

ARMONIA

  • Release Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 8 minutes
  • Country: USA
Armonia takes the ride of the dynamic original piano concerto "Armonia Degli Uccelli," and marries it to a universally accessible animation, to produce a uniquely layered spectacle of spatial storytelling. Supported by Tribeca Film Institute. |Read More
Animation, Environmental, Music, Art
Artifishal: The Road to Extinction is Paved with Good Intentions - Tribeca X
Artifishal is a film about people, wild rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide towards extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature. Salmon have long been an icon of wild, but in our rush to meet demand and mask the larger root environmental issues, we’ve forgotten the true value of wild. Ultimately the film sets two ideologies at odds; those who embrace the power of nature to heal, and those who believe in a world that requires our continued attempts to control nature. |Read More
Documentary, Environmental, Politics, Food
Ask Dr Ruth

ASK DR RUTH

  • Release Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Directed By: Ryan White
  • Country: USA
Plain-spoken and thickly accented, Dr. Ruth Westheimer became a household name in the 1980s by transforming the way Americans talk and think about sexuality. At 90, Dr. Ruth reflects on her life from Holocaust survivor to celebrity sex therapist. |Read More
Documentary, LGBTQIA, Journalism
At the Heart of Gold

AT THE HEART OF GOLD

  • Release Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Directed By: Erin Lee Carr
  • Country: USA
In 2016, USA Gymnastics was rocked by the revelation that national team doctor Larry Nassar had been abusing young athletes for decades. Tribeca alum Erin Lee Carr’s unflinching documentary unpacks the scandal, its coverup, and aftermath, while giving voice to the survivors. |Read More
Documentary, Sports
Award Screening: Audience Award - Narrative First Place - Plus One
It’s that time of year: Wedding season. A dreaded and beloved part of adult life. During a hectic summer that amounts to roughly one wedding per weekend, two jaded college buddies Ben and Alice (Jack Quaid and Maya Erskine) make a pact to survive the onslaught together. As they craft, deliver, and sit through cringe-inducing toast after toast to legions of newly married friends and family (including Ben’s dad, an enjoyable Ed Begley Jr.), they shuttle through singles tables in search of fellow lonelyhearts or at least temporary distractions. Co-directors Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer have crafted a hilariously relatable alcohol and insecurity-laden world where sincere affection and real feelings nevertheless shine through. The sparkling chemistry and witty banter between Quaid and Erskine anchor their rollercoaster of a relationship as they move between desperation, elation, denial, and horniness. A fresh rom-com for anyone who has ever been banished to the singles table. |Read More
Award Screening: Audience Award - Narrative Second Place - See You Yesterday
Spike Lee continues his commitment to elevating emerging voices by executive producing this homegrown feature debut from Stefon Bristol. Based on Bristol’s NYU short thesis film of the same name, See You Yesterday sees the young filmmaker’s cinematic influences Do The Right Thing and Back To The Future converge in a time travel adventure about a pair of Brooklyn teens trying to undo the damage of a police shooting. |Read More
Award Screening: Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature - Noah Land

Facing the end of a battle with terminal illness, Ibrahim (Haluk Bilginer) asks his son Ömer (Ali Atay) to drive him to the village in rural Turkey where he was raised. Soon after they arrive, Ömer realizes that there’s more to this request than meets the eye: Ibrahim wants to be buried beneath a tree he planted as a boy. In the aftermath of a land dispute that cast Ibrahim’s family away from the community 45 years earlier, however, the plot of land has become a holy site called the “Noah Tree,” named for the Biblical figure whom they believe first planted it after the Flood. With all relevant public archives damaged, and villagers growing defensive over what seems a sacrilegious project, Ibrahim forges ahead in the name of justice; Ömer, on the other hand, grows conflicted, bearing the brunt of this battle even as he grapples with unaired grievances between himself and his dad. 

A thoughtful and deeply felt debut from Cenk ErtürkNoah Land probes ethical questions about the price of victory while weighing a human tendency to react in extremes. As Ömer and Ibrahim begin to open up to each other, it also becomes a story about good faith—both in terms of trusting another’s intentions and trusting one’s own. 

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Award Screening: Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature: Burning Cane

A worried mother (Karen Kaia Livers) caring for her mange-ridden family dog; her unemployed, alcoholic son (Dominique McClellan) and the wife (Emyri Crutchfield) who supports him; and a preacher (Wendell Pierce) whose wife’s recent death has pushed him toward the bottle are a few of the characters who make up the beautifully rich world of Southeastern Louisiana in Phillip Youmans’ extraordinary debut feature, Burning Cane. The poetic lyricism of the film’s handheld camerawork calls to mind a Terrence Malick-like interest in the influence of place on the people who inhabit it, and how deeply the beauty of the natural world can contrast with the brutality of human acts. As one of the principal embodiments of this contradiction, Pierce gives a powerful performance as the preacher who is struggling to both help his flock as well as himself. 

Youmans imbues his film about a group of flawed individuals with a soulful empathy that belies his age. (He was finishing the film around the same time as he was finishing high school.) Burning Cane, executive produced by Benh Zeitlin, signals him as a director to watch. 

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Award Screening: Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature - House of Hummingbird

Set in 1994 in Seoul, House Of Hummingbird is a touching coming-of-age drama centered around the quiet, unexceptional eighth-grader Eunhee (Ji-hu Park). Struggling to make passing grades and subject to non-stop screaming at home, she spends her time finding meaning in the love and friendships of her peers, in shoplifting, and in karaoke bars. It’s in her cram school professor (Sae-byeok Kim), however, that Eunheen finds the answers that she seeks, as the two form an unlikely friendship. 

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Award Screening: Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature - Swallow

Hunter (Haley Bennett) is a newly pregnant woman, living an idyllic, stay-at-home life with her picture-perfect husband (Austin Stowell). But when she finds herself compelled to eat a small marble, she is catapulted down the path of a new obsession for consuming dangerous objects that threatens her seemingly have-it-all life. Her husband and his mother (Elizabeth Marvel) notice the change, and begin to tighten their control over Hunter, forcing her to confront the dark secret behind her strange compulsion. 

A unique and unpredictable piece from Tribeca alum Carlo Mirabella-DavisSwallow is a compelling blend of domestic thriller, medical mystery, and satire. It plays as a warped fairy tale that uses its style and tension to pose real questions about women’s bodies, guilt, repression, and agency. 

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