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TRIBECA 2021

The Tribeca Film Festival reveals its line-up

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- Among European titles are films by Elisabeth Vogler, Levan Koguashvili, Thomas Daneskov, Shariff Korver and Max Eriksson

The Tribeca Film Festival reveals its line-up
Roaring 20's by Elisabeth Vogler

Yesterday, the Tribeca Film Festival revealed its 2021 line-up. This year’s selection includes 66 films spanning three competitive strands. 56 of these titles are world premieres.

The festival will run from 9-20 June in a hybrid form, comprising in-person events at outdoor venues across all five boroughs of New York. The gathering will be opened by the world premiere of Jon M Chu’s In the Heights, based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage musical of the same name.

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The International Feature Competition includes a few European films. Roaring 20’s by French filmmaker Elisabeth Vogler (Netflix title Paris Is Us) gives viewers the chance not only to travel to Paris, but to live a day in the life there during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a single unbroken shot. Brighton 4th (Bulgaria/Georgia/Monaco/Russia/United States), the new film by Georgian director Levan Koguashvili (Blind Dates [+see also:
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), is the story of a Georgian wrestler en route to Brooklyn to help his son out of a gambling debt. Wild Men, the new feature by Denmark’s Thomas Daneskov (The Elite [+see also:
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), is a comedy about a man wandering the Norwegian forest in a misguided attempt to find a sense of purpose and independence. Do Not Hesitate, by Dutch director Shariff Korver (The Intruder [+see also:
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), follows a Dutch military convoy on a peacekeeping mission as they encounter a local boy who refuses to leave. The first feature by British director Andrew Gaynord, All My Friends Hate Me, portrays the reunion of a young man and his college crew for a birthday weekend of memories. The section is rounded off by 2020 Cannes selection and 2021 Berlinale Panorama selection Souad [+see also:
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, directed by Egypt’s Ayten Amin.

The Documentary Competition boasts one European title, Max Eriksson’s The Scars of Ali Boulala (Sweden/Norway), about the titular skateboarding prodigy from Sweden looking back on the DIY videos and fast-paced lifestyle of his coming-of-age in the ’90s skating scene.

In the Spotlight Documentary section, the European selections are A-HA the Movie (Norway/Germany) by Thomas Robsahm, The Lost Leonardo (Denmark/France/Sweden) by Andreas Koefoed, Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story (UK) by Laura Fairrie, and Stockholm Syndrome (USA/Sweden) by The Architects.

Lastly, the Movies Plus section features The Father of the Cyborgs, a documentary by Ireland’s David Burke and Paper & Glue (France/USA), the new documentary by French artist JR. after his successful collaborations with Agnès Varda (Faces Places [+see also:
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) and Alice Rohrwacher (short film Omelia Contadina).

Interestingly, according to the festival, 60% of the selected features are directed by female, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ filmmakers among 11,222 total submissions across all categories.

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