Must see feature films from the Tribeca Film Festival
Ellee McClymont | On 06, May 2014
Each year a smorgasbord of creative minds converge on Manhattan for the annual Tribeca Film Festival â€“ hereâ€™s our pick of the most promising films that premiered at Tribeca last week.Â
The vast majority of these films are limited release, so donâ€™t expect them on Australian shores for a while yet â€“ that doesnâ€™t mean we canâ€™t get excited though!
1. Palo Alto
This oneâ€™s a no brainer. Throw James Franco, a Coppola descendant, and some fresh acting talent onto a set together, and you have a recipe for critical and cult success. Palo Alto is the film adaptation of James Francoâ€™s Palo Alto, a collection of short stories that dissect the struggles of adolescence. The film is written and directed by first-timer Gia Coppola, the granddaughter of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), and niece of Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Mary Antoinette). Palo Altoâ€™s aesthetic is reminiscent of Giaâ€™s aunt Sofia, and paired with a winning soundtrack from Devonte Hynes, the film is a moving visual and auditory experience. Emma Roberts and Jack Kilmer star alongside Franco in the film, and are stars very much on the rise.
2. In Your Eyes
A unique and charming love story, In Your Eyes is supernatural romance at its quirky best. Of course, this is what you get when the screenplay comes from Josh Whedon, the creative force behind Buffy, Angel, and Toy Story. If youâ€™ve connected Buffy and romance, let me just say no, this is not the next Twilight imitation. While the concept is quite hard to explain, In Your Eyes follows Rebecca and Dylan, complete strangers living miles apart, who find that they share a startling metaphysical connection. Sparks ignite and things get a little complicated as they explore their unique link. Itâ€™s endearing, humorous and absolutely guaranteed to hit you right in the feels.
3. Lucky Them
This is a film for anyone whoâ€™s ever felt the solid burn of a crushing breakup. Toni Collette is Ellie Klug, a music journalist in a rut ever since her musician boyfriend Matthew Smith spurned her and went missing (and Iâ€™m talking, milk carton missing) ten years ago. After an ultimatum from her boss to find her ex for a story, Ellie teams up with amateur documentary maker and general weirdo Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), in a last ditch effort to save her career and gain some closure. Along the way she meets Lucas, yet another musician, who threatens to break Ellieâ€™s wall of self-preservation. Lucky Them is an intriguing tale of love, heartbreak, recovery and rediscovery.
4.Â Life Partners
This one goes out to everyone who has ever been a third wheel. Life Partners is your typical female coming-of-age tale, which takes a look at what happens when one half of a best friendship, gets a boyfriend. It taps into that rejection weâ€™ve all felt at some point, and the sadness of a friendship that is growing apart. In the roles of the BFFs we have Gillian Jacobs and Leighton Meester (Blair on Gossip Girl). The man to split them up is none other than Leightonâ€™s new husband Adam Brody ( Seth Cohen on The O.C.), and while fans of the coupling will be disappointed to know that Brody and Meester arenâ€™t together in the film, Iâ€™m sure theyâ€™ll be dying to dissect their on-screen chemistry, or lack thereof, for months to come.
Stay tuned for more updates on these exciting new films, and for more information on the Tribeca Film Festival, check out their website here.