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TFF '10: Spotlight

Tribeca casts a Spotlight on eight highly anticipated, bold-faced features that tell stories of human nature and perserverance.




The eight films in this year’s Spotlight section are all highly anticipated features with bold-faced names. With star turns from Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Amanda Peet and Rebecca Hall, these films from acclaimed filmmakers, including Academy Award® winners Aaron Schneider and Neil Jordan, will be available to TFF audiences before they hit theaters.


These narratives and docs tell a wide range of stories, some true, and some original: a woman searches for her husband amid the alluring beauty of Egypt, a lone fisherman reels in a mermaid-like catch who ignites an unforeseen passion; a cop with sociopathic tendencies cruises the streets of Texas, a pair of unlikely kidnappers hold the fate of a girl in their hands. And then there's legendary showbiz icon Joan Rivers! These stories explore human nature and exhibit the incredible power of perseverance. TFF audiences will have an opportunity to catch these gems before they hit theaters.


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Cairo Time


Cairo Time
Directed and written by Ruba Nadda
(Canada, Ireland, Egypt)—US Premiere

In this graceful cross-cultural love story, a happily married woman (Patricia Clarkson) is separated from her husband in the overwhelming city of Cairo. While waiting for his return, she experiences the unique beauty of Egypt with his friend (Alexander Siddig). As their tender friendship blossoms, a series of small yet profound moments changes both of their worlds forever. An IFC Films release.

Disappearance of Alice Creed


The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Directed and written by J Blakeson
(UK)—US Premiere

Two men fortify and soundproof an abandoned apartment, kidnapping and imprisoning the daughter of a millionaire for ransom. Her kidnappers, the coldly efficient Vic and his younger accomplice Danny, have worked out a meticulous plan, but Alice is not going to play the perfect victim... This taut, emotionally intense thriller eschews genre conventions, generating tension from the sexual and psychological ties that bind captive to captors. An Anchor Bay Films release.

Get Low


Get Low
Directed by Aaron Schneider, written by Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell
(USA)—New York Premiere

In 1930s Tennessee, backwoods recluse Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is feared and shunned by the local townsfolk. Then Felix decides to plan a living funeral to lay his own legend to rest. But behind this surreal plan lies a devastating secret that must get out... Academy Award® winner Aaron Schneider makes a confident feature debut with this engrossing and slyly funny folk tale of forgiveness and redemption. With Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black. A Sony Pictures Classics release.


Joan Rivers


Joan Rivers—A Piece of Work
Directed by Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg
(USA)—New York Premiere
Joan Rivers is the undisputed queen of American comedy, and at 76 years old, with a career spanning five decades, she shows no sign of slowing down. Following Rivers over the course of a year, A Piece of Work reveals the fascinating combination of vulnerability and irreverence behind the public figure in this endlessly entertaining, quintessential profile of a New York icon. An IFC Films release.


Killer Inside Me


The Killer Inside Me
Directed by Michael Winterbottom, written by John Curran
(USA)—New York Premiere

Casey Affleck is Lou Ford, a deputy sheriff whose continuous inner monologue reveals a savage sociopath hidden behind his accommodating Texan smile. When his escalating entanglements with a local prostitute and his prying fiancée back him into a corner, his urges will erupt in shocking violence. Michael Winterbottom's subversive film noir is adapted from cult pulp author Jim Thompson's novel. With Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Bill Pullman, and Elias Koteas. An IFC Films release.



Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant
(France)—New York Premiere
Bazil (Dany Boon, Joyeux Noël) is a gentle-natured but unlucky man with a bullet lodged in his brain. Together with a motley crew of wacky new friends, he exacts an intricate revenge plot against the giant weapons manufacturers responsible for his lowly lot in life. From the inimitable and hyper-imaginative director of Delicatessen and Amélie comes a wild and whimsical underdog story, a David and Goliath tale by way of Buster Keaton. In French with English subtitles. A Sony Pictures Classics release.




Directed and written by Neil Jordan
(Ireland, USA)—US Premiere

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) weaves a visually arresting tale of a lone fisherman (Colin Farrell) who pulls in the sweetest catch of his life—a mermaid-like beauty. But as their passion grows, their dark pasts come to light, and the real world begins to threaten their fairy tale romance. This stunning film will challenge your senses and imagination as fantasy and reality clash on the big screen. A Magnolia Pictures release.


Please GIve

Please Give
Directed and written by Nicole Holofcener
(USA)—New York Premiere

Death, materialism, liberal guilt, adultery, midlife malaise... writer/director Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money, Lovely & Amazing) makes such topics sing with earnest emotion and devastating humor. Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt star as well-to-do Manhattanites waiting out the death of their crotchety neighbor so they can take over her apartment. Things get messy when they try to make nice with the old lady and her granddaughters (Amanda Peet and Rebecca Hall). A Sony Pictures Classics release.


Soul Kitchen


Soul Kitchen
Directed by Fatih Akin, written by Fatih Akin and Adam Bousdoukos
(Germany)—US Premiere

Acclaimed director Fatih Akin's (The Edge of Heaven, Head-On) latest is a lively and delicious romp centered on hapless young restaurant owner Zinos, who’s juggling a working-class clientele alienated by his new gourmet chef, a larcenous brother, tax inspectors, health officers, and real estate sharks… but his biggest concern, aside from pleasing palates, is mending the broken heart he was left with when his girlfriend moved to Shanghai. An IFC Films release.


Check out more of the slate:
TFF 2010: World Documentary Feature Competition
TFF 2010: World Narrative Feature Competition
TFF 2010: Showcase
TFF 2010: Special Events
TFF 2010: Encounters
TFF 2010: Cinemania
TFF 2010: Discovery


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