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The National Documentary ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ to Open Tribeca Film Festival

Singer’s younger brother chronicles the band on tour

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Matt Berninger of the National.

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Mistaken for Strangers, the new documentary chronicling life on the road with the National will open this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 17th, with a performance from the National to follow the premiere. The film is the project of Tom Berninger, who is the brother of the National’s singer Matt Berninger.

“We’re really happy to premiere this movie at Tribeca, as New York has been home to us for these past 15 years,” Matt Berninger said in a statement. “I was happy to give my brother whatever access he needed. I just didn’t expect this movie to include shower scenes.”

The National’s Matt Berninger: Tearjerkers

A heavy metal and horror film enthusiast – things not necessarily associated with the National – Tom Berninger tagged along with his brother as a first-time roadie during the band’s biggest tour to date, following the release of 2010’s High Violet. While his presence caused a bit of drama for the band, the film reportedly takes a humorous, heartfelt look at the brothers’ relationship and their artistic aspirations. 

“When my brother asked me along on tour as a roadie, I thought I might as well bring a camera to film the experience,” said Tom Berninger. “What started as a pretty modest tour documentary has, over the last two and a half years, grown into something much more personal, and hopefully more entertaining.” 

The National are also set to release the currently untitled follow-up to High Violet in May on 4AD, with a summer tour to follow, including a massive homecoming show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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