We’ve got a collection of new images and synopses from films screening in the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s Special Screening selection. The films include:
- Michaelangelo Frammartino’s Alberi
- Barbara Kopple’s Running from Crazy
- Charles Lane’s Sidewalk Stories
- Eric Rochant’s Möbius
- Michael Stevens’ Herblock – The Black & the White
- Bill Siegel’s The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Hit the jump for the images and synopses from each film. The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 17th to the 28th.
Directed by Michaelangelo Frammartino
(Italy) –World Premiere, Cinematic Installation
Wrapping the audience in waves of sound, Alberi takes us on a circular journey through the Italian countryside. The marvelous natural music at the tops of the eponymous trees makes way for the rhythmic cadence of civilization—men baring axes and the natural clatter of daily life—before their unforgettable return home from the forest. The singular artistry of director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quatro volte) is beautifully displayed in this mesmerizing homage to nature.
RUNNING FROM CRAZY
Directed by Barbara Kopple
(USA) – New York Premiere, Documentary
Join actress Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of legendary author Ernest Hemingway, as she examines the mental illness and suicide that colors her family’s history and tries to avert that fate for herself and her daughters. By mixing in remarkable archival footage of the three Hemingway sisters, two-time Academy Award®-winner Barbara Kopple expands one famous family’s deeply embedded truths into a broad picture of the courage it takes to face the past and change your future.
Directed and written by Charles Lane
The low-budget, New York-in-the-’80s movie that proves that silence is not all that golden, Charles Lane’s magnetic Sidewalk Stories is long overdue for rediscovery. Lane plays a sidewalk chalk artist whose efforts to care for an abandoned toddler are confounded by the oddball homeless characters he meets. Black-and-white and mostly silent, the film is an ingenious and whimsical effort by a black artist to give a voice to those who have none.
Directed and written by Eric Rochant
(France) – International Premiere, Narrative
Set in the incomparable beauty of Monaco, Eric Rochant’s first feature in seven years follows undercover Russian FSB officer Gregory Lioubov (Jean Dujardin, The Artist) and international trader Alice Redmond (Cécile De France, Hereafter), who has her own secrets to hide. Their relationship sparks a deadly chase to snag Lioubov’s real target, business magnate Ivan Rostovsky (Tim Roth). Also starring Émilie Dequenne, Möbius is a twisting, sexy spy thriller that fittingly leaves you guessing which way is up.
HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITE
Directed by Michael Stevens, written by Sara Lukinson and Stevens
(USA) – World Premiere, Documentary
Herbert Block’s career at The Washington Post spanned fifty-five years and thirteen presidents, a timeframe in which he claimed three Pulitzer Prizes, the Medal of Freedom and a significant role in President Nixon’s resignation. Ben Bradlee, Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Jules Feiffer, Ted Koppel and Jon Stewart are among the many commentators bearing witness to Block’s life, work and indelible contribution to American satire in this inviting documentary.
THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI
Directed by Bill Siegel
(USA) – World Premiere, Documentary
Brash boxer Cassius Clay burst into the American consciousness in the early 1960s, just ahead of the Civil Rights movement. His transformation into the spiritually enlightened heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is legendary, but this religious awakening also led to a bitter legal battle with the U.S. government after he refused to serve in the Vietnam War. This film reveals the perfect storm of race, religion and politics that shaped one of the most recognizable figures in sports history.