Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival, originally cobbled together as a way of helping New York City get back on its feet after 9/11, has slowly grown into one of the film world’s most diverse and expansive annual events. On Thursday, the fest revealed 51 of the 101 features that will ultimately play at the 2016 edition, and the lineup is already poised to be Tribeca’s best to date.
One-third of the films selected for this year’s fest, running from April 13th – 24th, are directed by women, and their contributions represent some of the most exciting titles in the U.S. and International Narrative competitions. U.S. standouts include Deb Shoval’s AWOL, in which Mistress America star Lola Kirke plays a small-town girl who falls in love with a woman she meets during a visit to her local army recruiting office. In Sophia Takal’s Always Shine, the award-winning Green director gets in touch with her dark side for a story about two actresses (The Martian’s Mackenzie Davis and Master of Sex’s Caitlin Fitzgerald) who reconnect on a trip to Big Sur and quickly stir each other towards madness.
Other highlights include Dean, in which comedian Demetri Martin directs himself as a grief-stricken guy trying to convince his dad (Kevin Kline) not to sell his childhood home, and the rollicking Folk Hero & Funny Guy, about an unusual road trip between a musician (Wyatt Russell) and a comedian (Alex Karpovsky, Girls’ resident curmudgeon).
The international pack is led by Junction 48; written by Israeli Love & Mercy scribe Oren Moverman, the drama follows an aspiring rapper as he tries to make sense of the chaos along the Israeli-Palestinian border. Madly is the section’s other must-see, if only for offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch an anthology film that brings Mia Wasikowska, Gael García Bernal and gonzo director Sion Sono (Tokyo Tribe) together in the same place.
The World Documentary Competition was also announced and will kick off with a dash of local flavor from Western directors Bill and Turner Ross, whose Contemporary Color takes viewers inside a one-of-a-kind concert that David Byrne staged at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last summer along with friends like St. Vincent and Ad-Rock.
Multi-talented performance artist Shia LaBeouf also makes his mark, producing Alma Har’el’s LoveTrue, which travels from a strip club in Alaska to the streets of NYC to get to the mysterious heart of modern romance.
To see a full list of announced titles, visit the fest’s official website.