Tribeca Film Fest Competitions To Open With Teen Drama, Fashion Documentary

“Gabriel,” “Dior and I” and the vampire comedy “Summer of Blood” are among highlights of first wave of fest programming

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

The obsessive teen-love drama “Gabriel,” the fashion-world documentary “Dior and I” and the dark comedy “Summer of Blood” will have their world premieres at thie year’s Tribeca Film Festival, TFF organizers have announced.

Those three films will serve as opening-night attractions for the World Narrative competition, the World Documentary competition and the out-of-competition Viewpoints section, respectively. Programming in those three sections was announced on Tuesday, with additional film selections due to be announced later in the week.

The festival, which will run from April 16-27 largely in lower Manhattan, includes films from 32 countries, and from 37 different filmmakers making their feature directorial debuts. (22 are women.) The films were chosen from 6,117 submissions.

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The selection will include 55 world premieres and 32 international, North American, U.S. or New York premieres.

The 12 films in the narrative competition and the 12 in the documentary competition will be vying for a total of $215,000 in cash prizes.

The World Narrative Feature Competition selections include the opening-night film, Lou Howe’s “Gabriel” with Rory Culkin (photo above), as well as Keith Miller’s gang-world drama “Five Star,” Guillaume Nicloux’s farcical, speculative “The Kidnapping of Michael Houellebecq” and  Adam Rapp’s movie-business comedy “Loitering With Intent,” with Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell.

The World Narrative Documentary Competition kicks off with Frederic Tcheng’s “Dior and I,” and also includes films about the New York City Ballet (Jody Lee Lipes’ “Ballet 422”), the transgender community in Puerto Rico (Dan Sickles’ and Antonio Santini’s “Mala Mala”), overpopulation (Oscar winner Jessica Yu’s “Misconception”) and slum-dwelling puppeteers and magicians in Delhi (Jimmy Goldblum’s and Adam Weber’s “Tomorrow We Disappear”).

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The Viewpoints section, which is dedicated to “launching fresh voices and embracing risky … storytelling,” opens with Onur Tukel’s vampire comedy “Summer of Blood.” It also features narrative features about British prison life (“Starred Up,” with Ben Mendelsohn),  a Myanmar farmer lured into meth-dealing (“Ice Poison”) and a couple whose life may be threatened by supernatural forces (“Honeymoon”),  as well as “Karpotrotter,” a road movie inspired by Yugoslavian director Karpo Godina.

The section’s documentaries include films about an art forger (“Art and Craft”), magician and debunker James “The Amazing” Randi (“An Honest Liar”), Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters (“Famous Nathan”) and fracking in North Dakota (“The Overnighters”).

Here are the films chosen for the festival. Additional information about the films and the festival is available at the festival website, with tickets available at

World Narrative Competition

“Brides, directed and written by Tinatin Kajrishvili. (France, Georgia)
“Five Star,” directed and written by Keith Miller. (USA)
“Gabriel,” directed and written by Lou Howe. (USA)
“Glass Chin,” directed and written by Noah Buschel. (USA)
“Goodbye to All That,” directed and written by Angus MacLachlan. (USA)
“Güeros,” directed and written by Alonso Ruiz Palacios, co-written by Gibrán Portela. (Mexico)
Human Capital” (“Il capitale umano”), directed and written by Paolo Virzì, co-written by Francesco Bruni and Francesco Piccolo. (Italy, France)
“The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq” (“L’Enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq”), directed and written by Guillaume Nicloux. (France)
“Something Must Break” (“Nånting Måste Gå Sönder”), directed and written by Ester Martin Bergsmark, co-written by Eli Levén. (Sweden)
“Loitering with Intent,” directed by Adam Rapp, written by Michael Godere and Ivan Martin. (USA)
“X/Y,” directed and written by Ryan Piers Williams. (USA)
“Zero Motivation,” directed and written by Talya Lavie. (Israel)

World Documentary Feature Competition

“1971,” directed and written by Johanna Hamilton, co-written by Gabriel Rhodes. (USA)
“Ballet 422,” directed by Jody Lee Lipes. (USA)
“Dior and I” (“Dior et moi”), directed and written by Frédéric Tcheng. (France)
“Fishtail,” directed and written by Andrew Renzi. (USA)
“Garnet’s Gold,” directed by Ed Perkins. (UK)
“Mala Mala,” directed by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini. (Puerto Rico)
“Misconception,” directed by Jessica Yu. (USA)
“Ne Me Quitte Pas,” directed and written by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden. (Netherlands, Belgium)
“Point and Shoot,” directed and written by Marshall Curry. (USA)
“Regarding Susan Sontag,” directed and written by Nancy Kates, co-written by John Haptas. (USA)
“Tomorrow We Disappear,” directed by Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber. (USA)
“Virunga,” directed and written by Orlando von Einsiedel. (UK)


“Art and Craft,” directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman. (USA)
“The Bachelor Weekend,” directed and written by John Butler. (Ireland) – U.S.
“Bad Hair” (“Pelo Malo”), directed and written by Mariana Rondon. (Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Germany)
“Below Dreams,” directed and written by Garrett Bradley. (USA)
Beneath the Harvest Sky,” directed and written by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly. (USA)
“Black Coal, Thin Ice” (“Bai Ri Yan Huo”), directed and written by Diao Yinan. (China, Hong Kong)
“Broken Hill Blues” (“Ã-mheten”), directed and written by Sofia Norlin. (Sweden)
“Electric Slide,” directed and written by Tristan Patterson. (USA)
“Famous Nathan,” directed and written by Lloyd Handwerker. (USA)
“An Honest Liar,” directed and written by Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom, co-written by Greg O’Toole. (USA)
“Honeymoon,” directed and written by Leigh Janiak, co-written by Phil Graziadei. (USA)
“I Won’t Come Back” (“Ya Ne Vernus”), directed by Ilmar Raag, written by Oleg Gaze and Jaroslava Pulinovich. (Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Kazakhstan, Russia)
“Ice Poison” (“Bing Du”), directed and written by Midi Z. (Myanmar, Taiwan R.O.C.)
“Karpotrotter” (“Karpopotnik”), directed and written by Matjaž Ivanišin, co-written by Nebeojša Pop-Tasić. (Slovenia)
“Love & Engineering,” directed and written by Tonislav Hristov. (Finland, Germany, Bulgaria)
“Maravilla,” directed and written by Juan Pablo Cadaveira. (Argentina)
“The Overnighters,” directed by Jesse Moss. (USA)
“Starred Up,” directed by David Mackenzie, written by Jonathan Asser. (UK)
“Summer of Blood,” directed and written by Onur Tukel. (USA)
“Traitors,” directed and written by Sean Gullette. (Morocco)
“Vara: A Blessing,” directed and written by Khyentse Norbu. (Bhutan)
“Young Bodies Heal Quickly,” directed and written by Andrew T. Betzer. (USA)


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