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It’s fair to say that most everyone with an active cell-phone life has used those indispensable gadgets in ways not meant for public consumption. Never before have secret lives been so easy to negotiate, yet the risk of discovery, even if you’re not Jennifer Lawrence, has never been greater: It’s all there in that little device. Paolo Genovese’s “Perfect Strangers” plays on this near-universal fear via a party game in which dinner guests share all incoming messages and calls in a recipe for awkward revelations.
Never mind that the film itself is an unsubtle chat fest stocked with immature characters; because it’s so tuned to the zeitgeist of the bourgeoisie, the film has become a major talking point in Italy, where it’s doing boffo business. Remakes in other languages seem virtually assured.
The helmer made his name at home with a number of good-natured »
- Jay Weissberg
The first wave of films screening at the 15th Tribeca Film Festival have been announced and this year, the Narrative program has been split into two separate sections: the Us Narrative competition which celebrates the works of American filmmakers and the International Narrative competition which will showcase cinematic works spanning five continents.
With one third of the Festival’s feature films being directed by women – the highest percentage in history – the Festival is becoming renown for its discovery of new and distinct voices.
“In our 15th year we wanted to deepen our support of American narrative filmmakers and have opened our competition to separately showcase the Us and International films,” said Genna Terranova, Festival Director. “We are very impressed by the films this year and inspired to see new voices transcending traditions and taking risks by telling their stories their own way. We are excited to share with audiences how »
- Sacha Hall
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