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TFF '10: Cinemania

The name has changed, but the excitement's the same. The 6 films in the Cinemania (formerly known as Midnight) are thrillingly unique.




An assortment of exciting and eclectic narrative films that push the boundaries of creativity and genre, the films in Cinemania, the section known as Midnight in past Tribeca Film Festivals, features new work by Hong Kong filmmaker Ho-Cheung Pang, and a new film by Kieran and John Carney, director of the Oscar® winner Once.


Offering smart thrills, spine-tingling horror, imaginative alternative realities and outrageous humor, the half-dozen films here include a woman’s violent rampage, a junior high hermaphrodite’s coming-of-age, an exciting Vietmanese martial arts action movie, and a transploitation flick. While this set of films may be shocking or creepy, they are always fun-filled crowd pleasers.


Note: Two films in this group will also debut on the new Tribeca Film Festival Virtual premium platform: Spork and Possessed. Passes available now!


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Directed by Le Thanh Son, written by Johnny Tri Nguyen, Le Thanh Son, Ho Quang Hung
(Vietnam)—International Premiere
With lightning-fast martial arts, hyperbolic shootouts, an epic soundtrack, and the archetypes you love and love to hate, this cinematic indulgence follows a badass group of outcasts as they try to take down a fat-cat Vietnamese crime lord. The highest grossing Vietnamese film of the past year, Clash is a crowd-pleasing combination of all your favorite action film scenarios. In Vietnamese, French with English subtitles.


Dream Home

Dream Home

Directed by Ho-Cheung Pang, written by Ho-Cheung Pang, Kwok Cheung Tsang, and Chi-Man Wan
(Hong Kong)—North American Premiere
Cheng Lai-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive—even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead. Pang Ho-Cheung's disturbingly imaginative violence unfolds against a backdrop of lifestyle fetishization and the housing market crisis in this metropolitan spin on Guignol horror. In Cantonese with English subtitles.



Directed and written by Lee Yong-ju
(South Korea)—North American and TFF Virtual Premiere

In this eminently creepy horror show, college student Hee-jin returns home in the wake of her younger sister's disappearance, only to find her mother a fanatical religious convert and the family's neighbors offing themselves in increasingly bizarre and grotesque ways. Together with detective Tae-hwan, Hee-jin must unravel the tangled web of connections between the victims that will lead back to the missing girl. In Korean with English subtitles.



Directed and written by J.B. Ghuman, Jr.
(USA)—World and TFF Virtual Premiere

Junior high isn't easy for anyone—especially if you're a frizzy-haired, pink-cheeked hermaphrodite like Spork. But when the talent show shines a chance for Spork to show up Betsy Byotch's mean girls gang, her recently best-friended trailer-park neighbor, Tootsie Roll, steps it up to coach her in booty-poppin' moves. This '80s-inspired dance send-up is littered with colorful dialogue from a tween cast with mouths beyond their years.


Ticked Off Trannies


Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives
directed and written by Israel Luna
(USA)—World Premiere

When a group of transgendered women are violently beaten and left for dead, the violated vixens turn deadly divas in this hilariously campy homage to the exploitation films of the '70s and '80s ("Transploitation," anyone?). Loaded with bodacious bods and extreme violence, this revenge fantasy proves that it takes more than balls to get even.




Directed and written by John Carney and Kieran Carney
(Ireland)—International Premiere

In this cheeky comedy from brothers Kieran and John Carney (director of Oscar® winner Once), the Cassidy family lives cheerfully in a small Irish town where the 1950s, it seems, never ended. Then one night a portly brute dressed sorta like an alien arrives at their house. His name is Zonad and he's from outer space—or so he claims—and soon his cynical, 21st-century attitude begins disrupting this seemingly idyllic little hamlet.


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: Spotlight
TFF 2010: Encounters
TFF 2010: Discovery


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