New Yorkers’ continued love affair with French cinema is evidenced by a strong representation of French films at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Among the feature highlights are 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK, actress/director Julie Delpy’s comedy of cultural errors that co-stars Chris Rock; A BETTER LIFE, a gritty romance about the passionate love of an idealistic chef and a single mother as presented by director Cedric Kahn; CHICKEN WITH PLUMS, a morality tale about an Iranian man who loses himself in reveries of his youth, from the team that created the Oscar nominated film PERSEPOLIS; ELLES, a sexually charged drama that stars Juliette Binoche as a journalist investigating the phenomenon of nice college girls moonlighting as prostitutes; POLISSE, a gritty tale of the daily grind for a motley band of cops in the Juvenile Protection Unit who confront abusive parents, child molesters, traumatized kids and oversexed teens as part of their daily routine; and SLEEPLESS NIGHT, an adrenaline-fueled policier about a cop who steals a bag of cocaine and whose son is held for ransom by the mob boss it belongs to.
First-time director Maya Forbes uses her life story to craft a poignant tale of growing up with a manic depressive, father in Boston. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) delivers an Oscar-quality performance as Cam Stuart, the “polar bear”-a child’s way of saying … Continue reading
Under the Dome is a film by Chinese journalist Chai Jing that focuses on China’s flawed environmental regulations and the devastating effect its having on the nation’s people. What makes this film so powerful is it was released in Communist … Continue reading
It takes a New York native and NYU Film School graduate to capture the marginalized world of two black transgender prostitutes (“trannies”) living on the seedy streets of Los Angeles. Sean Baker, who directed and co-wrote this authentic tale, shot … Continue reading