‘Georgetown’ and ‘The Kill Team’ to World Premiere at Tribeca


Tribeca to premiere new work by Werner Herzog, Christoph Waltz, Jared Leto

New work from Werner Herzog, the directorial debut of Christoph Waltz and a documentary about the late INXS front man Michael Hutchence are among the line-up at the 18th Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T, which includes the inaugural Tribeca Critics Week.

Unveiling the programme on Tuesday (5), festival brass noted that female directors account for half of the three competition strands. The feature programme includes 103 films from 124 filmmakers, of whom 42 are first-timers, and 19 return to Tribeca.

Some 40% of the feature films have one or more women directors, 29% are directed by people of color, and 13% are by individuals who identify as LGBTQIA. The 2019 Festival was programmed from more than 9,295 total submissions, and runs from April 24-May 5.

US Narrative entries include the Amber Heard and Terence Howard dystopian Los Angeles drama Gully, and Louisiana-set family drama Burning Cane starring and produced by Wendell Pierce. Among the US Narrative Documentary selections is Mystify: Michael Hutchence about the late INXS front man and features Kylie Minogue, and Leftover Women, about the pressure on Chinese woman to marry

Spotlight includes the world premiere of Waltz’s feature directorial debut Georgetown (pictured), as well as previously-seen Charlie Says from Mary Harron, and Joe Berlinger’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile. Antoine Fuqua brings the world premiere of his documentary What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali in Spotlight Documentary, which also includes the world premiere of Herzog’s Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin.

International Narrative Competition selections include Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit’s plastic surgery drama Flawless (Israel-Germany), Bhaskar Hazarika’s Indian taboo drama Aamis, and the North American premiere of Michela Occhipinti’s Italian arranged marriage drama Flesh Out.

Viewpoints brings the world premiere of Jared Leto’s A Day In The Life Of America, a documentary that chronicles activity over the July Fourth holiday across 50 US states, and also screens Toronto hit Wild Rose starring Jesse Buckley. Midnight includes Berlinale Generation hit Knives And Skin, and the world premiere of Ant Timpson’s Come To Daddy starring Elijah Wood.

The world premiere of Abel Ferrara’s New York-set documentary The Projectionist, which focuses on the experience of a longtime cinema owner to chart the changes in the city’s theatrical landscape, screens in This Used To Be New York, a curated section reflecting quintessential New York cultural eras that shaped and have come to define the city.

Peter Strickland’s In Fabric is among five selections in Tribeca Critics’ Week curated by New York-based film critics in what is a first for a North American film festival. As previously announced, The Apollo will open the festival. Tribeca will announced its immersive selections on Wednesday.

The Movies Plus section will include performances by Sheryl Crow and an on-stage conversaiton with Chelsea Manning.

“Every festival is shaped by and reflective of its community, and we are fortunate that our hometown just happens to be the most diverse city on Earth,” said festival director Cara Cusumano. “So our curatorial mandate is to bring to the screens a cinematic celebration- in only 100 features – whose breadth of stories and storytellers is as prismatic and adventurous, local and global, diverse and inclusive as our incredible city.”

The films in competition will compete for cash prizes totalling $165,000, as well as artwork from the Art Awards programme, offering work from acclaimed contemporary artists in select categories. For the seventh year, the Nora Ephron Award, presented by CHANEL, will award $25,000 to the female filmmaker in this year’s programme who embodies the spirit and boldness of the late filmmaker.

In addition to Cusumano and artistic director Frederic Boyer, the programming team includes vice-president of shorts Sharon Badal; senior programmers Liza Domnitz (features, TV, and online work), Loren Hammonds (immersive and features), senior programmer Lucy Mukerjee (features); programmer Ben Thompson (shorts); and programme advisors Paula Weinstein and Tammie Rosen, alongside a team of associate programmers.


American Woman (USA, Semi Chellas); Buffaloed (USA, Tanya Wexler); Charlie Says (USA, Mary Harron); Crown Vic (USA, Joel Souza); Dreamland (USA, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte); Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile (USA, Joe Berlinger); Georgetown (USA, Christoph Waltz)Good Posture (UK-USA, Dolly Wells); The Kill Team (USA, Dan Krauss)Lost Transmissions (USA, Katharine O’Brien); Only (USA, Takashi Doscher); Plus One (USA, Jeff Chan, Andrew Rhymer); Safe Spaces (USA, Daniel Schechter); Skin (USA, Guy Nattiv); Standing Up, Falling Down (USA, Matt Ratner).