Tribeca Film Festival 2013: Feature Films Mini-Guide

Here's a list of the feature films screening at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, running April 17-28 in venues throughout Lower Manhattan.
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1.
Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (2013 Documentary)
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One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. A study of hard work, hard earned leisure, and an intricate bond between man and nature. (84 mins.)
Director: Jessica Oreck
 
2.
Adult World (2013)
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A naive college graduate, Amy, who believes she's destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job in a shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings. (97 mins.)
Director: Scott Coffey
 
3.
Alias Ruby Blade (2012 Documentary)
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Documentary exploring the role of an Australian filmmaker turned revolutionary in the independence movement in Timor-Leste. (78 mins.)
Director: Alex Meillier
 
4.
All Is Bright (2013)
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While out on parole, Dennis reluctantly takes a job selling Christmas trees with his old buddy Rene in order to make enough money to buy his estranged daughter the piano she's always wanted. (107 mins.)
Director: Phil Morrison
 
5.
Alì Blue Eyes (2012)
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Stefano and Nader, two teenagers, share their time between a robbery at the supermarket and the mornings at the disco, but their friendship is destined to crack. (94 mins.)
 
6.
At Any Price (2012)
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A farming family's business is threatened by an unexpected crisis, further testing the relationship between a father and his rebellious son. (105 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
7.
Beetlejuice (1988)
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When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
8.
Before Midnight (2013)
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We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. (109 mins.)
 
9.
Before Snowfall (2013)
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BEFORE SNOWFALL is a road movie that becomes an odyssey from East to West for young Siyar, a village-boy from Iraqi-Kurdistan... (96 mins.)
Director: Hisham Zaman
 
10.
Bending Steel (2013 Documentary)
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An intimate documentary exploring the lost art of the oldetime strongman and one man's struggle to overcome limitations of body and mind. (92 mins.)
Director: Dave Carroll
 
11.
Big Bad Wolves (2013)
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A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge... (110 mins.)
 
12.
Big Men (2013 Documentary)
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The film's central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy... (99 mins.)
Director: Rachel Boynton
 
13.
A Birder's Guide to Everything (2013)
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David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So... (86 mins.)
Director: Rob Meyer
 
14.
Bottled Up (2013)
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In this modern day drama, Oscar-winner Melissa Leo beautifully conveys the heart-wrenching struggle that comes with love and addiction... (84 mins.)
Director: Enid Zentelis
 
15.
Bridegroom (2013 Documentary)
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Shane Bitney Crone's plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years accidentally dies and Tom's family refuses Shane from attending the funeral. (80 mins.)
 
16.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
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Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. (111 mins.)
 
17.
Byzantium (2012)
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Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort. (118 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
18.
A Case of You (2013)
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A young writer tries to impress a girl he meets online with an embellished profile, but he finds himself in a real mess when she falls for him and he has to keep up the act. (89 mins.)
Director: Kat Coiro
 
19.
Cutie and the Boxer (2013 Documentary)
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This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. (82 mins.)
 
20.
Bicycling with Molière (2013)
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Two actors. One play. Can the differences between the two egocentric men be put aside for the sake of friendship and theatre? (104 mins.)
 
21.
Dancing in Jaffa (2013 Documentary)
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Renowned ball-room dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa, to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israelis to dance and compete together. (90 mins.)
Director: Hilla Medalia
 
22.
Dark Touch (2013)
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In a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Niamh finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother... (90 mins.)
Director: Marina de Van
 
23.
Deep Powder (2013)
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When a teen from the wrong side of the tracks falls in love with a wealthy girl at the local boarding school... (91 mins.)
Director: Mo Ogrodnik
 
24.
The Diplomat (2013 Documentary)
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At the height of the Cold War, Katarina Witt became one of East Germany's most famous athletes. Trained... (50 mins.)
 
25.
The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (2013 Documentary)
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A look at the life and work of Gucci fashion designer, Frida Giannini. (85 mins.)
Director: Christina Voros
 
26.
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013 Documentary)
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The uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité. (81 mins.)
Director: Chiemi Karasawa
 
27.
The English Teacher (2013)
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An English teacher's life is disrupted when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York. (93 mins.)
Director: Craig Zisk
 
28.
Farah Goes Bang (2013)
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FARAH GOES BANG is a road-trip comedy centered on Farah Mahtab, a woman in her twenties who tries to... (92 mins.)
Director: Meera Menon
 
29.
Flex is Kings (2013 Documentary)
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"Flexing" is a dance style forged in far east Brooklyn, at the dead-end of a handful of subway lines... (80 mins.)
 
30.
Floating Skyscrapers (2013)
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The story of a young man discovering his homosexuality, while his girlfriend tries to cling onto him. (93 mins.)
 
31.
Frankenstein's Army (2013)
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Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab... (84 mins.)
 
32.
Fresh Meat (2012)
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A dysfunctional gang of criminals takes a middle class Maori family hostage and discovers too late that they are cannibals. (91 mins.)
Director: Danny Mulheron
 
33.
G.B.F. (2013)
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What happens after Tanner is outed by his classmates and becomes the title "gay best friend" for three high school queen bees? (92 mins.)
Director: Darren Stein
 
34.
Gasland Part II (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that declares the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth... (125 mins.)
Director: Josh Fox
 
35.
The Genius of Marian (2013 Documentary)
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A woman with Alzheimer's disease and a filmmaker decide to create a tribute that showcases the family, using the nostalgia and magic of super 8 home movies and vintage film photographs. (85 mins.)
 
36.
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013 Documentary)
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This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened... (83 mins.)
 
37.
Harmony Lessons (2013)
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Lonely Kazakh teenager Aslan is bullied at his new school. He prepares himself for a bloody revenge on the school bully Bolat. (120 mins.)
Director: Emir Baigazin
 
38.
Haute Cuisine (2012)
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The story of Danièle Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand. (95 mins.)
 
39.
Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013)
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After a neighborhood tragedy, two adolescent brothers confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality. (81 mins.)
 
40.
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You (2013 Documentary)
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A look at the work and influence of African-American stand-up comedienne, Moms Mabley. (72 mins.)
Director: Whoopi Goldberg
 
41.
In God We Trust (2012 Documentary)
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When a returning Afghanistan veteran threatens to sue the small town of King, NC unless they take down... (123 mins.)
Director: Scott Burdick
 
42.
Inside Out (2013 Documentary)
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Inside Out is a film about the french artist JR giving away his method and the inspiring stories that follow that... (75 mins.)
 
43.
Just a Sigh (2013)
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Alix and Doug were not supposed to meet, but they did. Alix was on a train bound for Paris where she was going to audition for a film... (104 mins.)
 
44.
Jîn (2013)
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Jin, a guerrilla, lives in a cave and decides to escape from the organization. She finds some civilian clothes and goes down from the mountain to the city. However, the city is no safer than the mountain. (122 mins.)
Director: Reha Erdem
 
45.
The Kill Team (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that unveils the moral tensions that tear at soldiers' psyches through the lens of one... (79 mins.)
Director: Dan Krauss
 
46.
Lenny Cooke (2013 Documentary)
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Professional sports is known as a true meritocracy, a field in which the cream really does rise to the top... (88 mins.)
 
47.
Let the Fire Burn (2013 Documentary)
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A history of the conflict of the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, that led to the disastrously violent final confrontation in 1985. (88 mins.)
Director: Jason Osder
 
48.
Lily (2013)
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Lily is an exploration of a vulnerable period in a young woman's life. When her cancer treatment comes to an end... (85 mins.)
Director: Matt Creed
 
49.
The Machine (2013)
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In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient robot. (91 mins.)
Director: Caradog James
 
50.
Michael H - Profession: Director (2013 Documentary)
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In 25 years, Michael Haneke established himself as one of the most important directors in cinema history... (92 mins.)
Director: Yves Montmayeur
 
51.
Mistaken for Strangers (2013 Documentary)
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Tom Berninger chronicles his time spent on the road as a member of the tour crew for The National, the rock & roll band fronted by his brother, Matt. (75 mins.)
Director: Tom Berninger
 
52.
The Moment (2013)
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After a tumultuous affair between international photojournalist Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and troubled... (90 mins.)
Director: Jane Weinstock
 
53.
The Motivation (2013 Documentary)
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Eight of the world's best pro-skateboarders prepare for the upcoming Street League Championship in NYC... (88 mins.)
 
54.
Mr. Jones (2013)
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A young couple moves to the woods and soon finds their nightmares and reality colliding. (84 mins.)
Director: Karl Mueller
 
55.
Möbius (2013)
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An FSB officer falls in love with his agent, an American woman, who works as a trader in a Russian bank. (103 mins.)
Director: Eric Rochant
 
56.
Odayaka na nichijô (2012)
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(102 mins.)
Director: Nobuteru Uchida
 
57.
Out of Print (2013 Documentary)
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Out of Print draws us into the topsy-turvy world of the written word, illuminating the turbulent, exciting... (55 mins.)
 
58.
Oxyana (2013 Documentary)
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The 'Hillbilly Heroin' epidemic that's slowly rotting the soul of rural America. (78 mins.)
Director: Sean Dunne
 
59.
The Patience Stone (2012)
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In a war ridden country a woman watches over the husband reduced to a vegetable state by a bullet in the neck, abandoned by Jihad companions and brothers. One day, the woman decides to say things to him she could never have done before. (102 mins.)
Director: Atiq Rahimi
 
60.
Katiyabaaz (2013 Documentary)
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In a city with 15 hour power cuts, hundreds of people risk their lives to steal electricity. With the... (84 mins.)
 
61.
Prince Avalanche (2013)
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Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. (94 mins.)
 
62.
Raze (2013)
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Raze, a horror/action film, focuses on two abducted women & 50 other women who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands. (87 mins.)
Director: Josh C. Waller
 
63.
Reaching for the Moon (2013)
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A chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. (118 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
 
64.
Red Obsession (2013 Documentary)
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The great chateaux of Bordeaux struggle to accommodate the voracious appetite for their rare, expensive wines, which have become a powerful status symbol in booming China. (75 mins.)
 
65.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
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A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland. (130 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
66.
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013 Documentary)
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The life and times of Richard Pryor. (83 mins.)
Director: Marina Zenovich
 
67.
The Rocket (2013)
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A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home... (96 mins.)
Director: Kim Mordaunt
 
68.
Running from Crazy (2013 Documentary)
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'Running from Crazy' is a documentary examining the personal journey of model and actress Mariel Hemingway... (100 mins.)
Director: Barbara Kopple
 
69.
Sidewalk Stories (1989)
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Nearly silent comedy filmed in black and white follows a street artist (Charles Lane), who rescues a baby after her father was murdered... (97 mins.)
Director: Charles Lane
 
70.
A Single Shot (2013)
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The tragic death of a beautiful young girl starts a tense and atmospheric game of cat and mouse between hunter John Moon and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood. (116 mins.)
 
71.
S#x Acts (2012)
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Inevitable is a realistic paraphrase of a classic teen-movie, a deep dive into the 'Grey zone' of sexual abuse... (100 mins.)
 
72.
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2013)
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The story of an autistic youth named Ricky who, after a particularly difficult day at school, escapes into the subways... (102 mins.)
Director: Sam Fleischner
 
73.
Sunlight Jr. (2013)
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A Florida couple deals with an unexpected pregnancy while holding minimum wage jobs. (90 mins.)
Director: Laurie Collyer
 
74.
Taboor (2012)
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As darkness falls a solitary motorcyclist rides through the far flung streets of Tehran. Purportedly on a mission of pest control... (84 mins.)
Director: Vahid Vakilifar
 
75.
Teenage (2013 Documentary)
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Teenagers did not always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th Century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth. (78 mins.)
Director: Matt Wolf
 
76.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013 Documentary)
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The legal battles of the great American boxer against being conscripted into the US military during the Vietnam War. (86 mins.)
Director: Bill Siegel
 
77.
Trust Me (2013)
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In an attempt to sign a Hollywood starlet, struggling talent agent and former child star Howard Holloway must contend with her volatile father, a scheming long-time rival, and a producer and casting director who despise him. (90 mins.)
Director: Clark Gregg
 
78.
V/H/S/2 (2013)
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Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance. (96 mins.)
 
79.
Whitewash (2013)
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In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce (Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator... (90 mins.)
 
80.
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (2013)
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A married man begins to question his sexual orientation as he and his wife consider having another child. (104 mins.)
Director: Arvin Chen