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Tribeca Festival 2022: Highlights (Part 3)

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The 2022 Tribeca Festival continue sharing, in New York City and – in some cases – in your home, with selected movies, events, and VR available to peruse Tribeca At Home Platform.

This year’s festival lasts until the end of June 19, including 111 feature films from 40 countries. While only a handful of features are previewed at press time, here are a few highlights. More reviews will be published as the festival continues. (Movies accessible through the At Home platform can be viewed through June 26.)

For more highlights, read on Part 1 and Part 2 in our Tribeca coverage.


Julia Akkermans and Johan Leysen, as a daughter confronting her father, who intends to end her life, in the Dutch play “Pink Moon”.

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“Pink Moon” (World Premiere)

Dutch filmmaker Floor van der Meulen, who directed the 2019 documentary “Last Male Standing” (about the last male northern white rhinoceros on Earth) takes another stab at death in the set. This sentimental film about a father and a widow informs his two grown children that he has decided to take his own life, by mixing a mysterious powder into his yogurt. While not suffering from any health problems, he was instead ruled by the belief that avoiding his 76th birthday – “testing” while still possessing all his abilities – would avoid deterioration and loss of self-determination.

His son, Ivan, and daughter, Iris, each received this news differently, which created a split between the siblings, who are now tasked with the legal logistics of fulfilling their wishes. father’s last wish. But Iris, who works for an NGO dedicated to saving lives (and whose life is engulfed by bouts of depression, alcohol, and promiscuous sex) finds it hard to give up and decide. intends to move in with her father in hopes of changing her plans.

The performances of Julia Akkermans as Iris, Eelco Smits as Ivan, and Johan Leysen as father are all first class. The plot of the film is of course quite heavy, but the script (by Bastiaan Kroeger) and the direction of van der Meulen certainly strike a balance between drama and comedy in the face of a family at risk. because of eventual death, patriarchal stubbornness, sibling rivalry, and the constant lack of lost time. Indeed, van der Meulen makes so many good choices (including the incredible 14-minute shot that carries the characters’ constantly shifting emotional weight) that it’s tempting to note that this is only her first feature-length fiction series. Can get more. In Dutch with English subtitles. Home testing June 15. Home testing starting June 15. Ticket information.

To watch the trailer for “Pink Moon”, click the video player below:


“You Can Live Forever” (World Premiere)

When a family crisis causes teenage Jamie to move in with her aunt and uncle, a devout Jehovah’s Witness living in a small Canadian town, she finds their community and strict laws of Isolated Witness. She later develops a close relationship with Marike, the daughter of a church elder. Their friendship creates a strange attraction where both girls find relief, and are identified as a threat by the community, forcing the girls to make life-changing choices.

Screenwriters and directors Sarah Watts and Mark Slutsky avoid creating easy villains in this light, lighthearted film about young people seeking to define life’s boundaries, desires, and responsibilities. them to family and faith. Anwen O’Driscoll has a standout performance as the unrepentant Jamie, whose teenage defensive exterior happens to be dented by Marike’s friendship and longing, passionately played by June Laporte. . They get great support from the rest of the cast: Liane Balaban and Antoine Yared as Jamie’s aunt and uncle, Tim Campbell and Deragh Campbell as Marike’s father and sister, and Hasani Freeman as a classmate who gives Jamie an emotional refuge. In English and French with English subtitles. Now available for home screening through June 26. Ticket information.

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“Broadway Rising” (World Premiere)

When the COVID-19 outbreak closed Broadway in March 2020, unknowns existed at the time – How bad is the virus? How long will the shutdown last? Will New York Theater ever be the same? – influence not only the talent on the stage, but also the countless industries that depend on the Broadway productions of their lifetime. To trace the effects of the pandemic that has locked up the industry for more than 18 months, Amy Rice interviews producers, actors, musicians, dancers, backstage staff, costume and dry cleaning staff, tracing how they deal with the physical dangers of COVID, financial stress, and isolation. In addition to looking at how individuals consider changing careers, Rice also looks at how the industry as a whole – once it was shut down – began to reflect on how the theatrical world might tackle the years of division. systemic racism once the curtain pulls back up. Because, in the end, the show has to go on. Live screen June 16, 19. Ticket information.

“Endangered” (World Premiere)

Miami Herald photographer Carl Juste said, “We are the censors of truth, we are censors of lies” and sadly (recounting the perils journalists face, in the US and all around the world). When Brazilian reporter Patrícia Campos Mello was personally attacked by President Jair Bolsonaro, Mexican photographer Sáshenka Gutiérrez broke down in tears while covering protests against violence against women and Guardian writer Oliver Laughland Harassed by Trump supporters in the heart of America, we witness the personal dangers they face while trying to hold those in power accountable.

With the attrition of the press, the polarization of audiences, the weaponization of propaganda by politicians and corporate interests, and the violence that befell journalists around the world, the last thing that Those who wield this truth need to be labeled “fake news” by those who might be too contradictory, broken, or ignorant to question the “real news”. But when you’re fighting to protect a constitutionally protected right or advocate for human self-determination, you’ll do what you have to, even if it means being caught on camera. Executive producer by Ronan Farrow. In-person screening June 15, June 17. Home screening available through June 26. Ticket information. Launches on HBO Max on June 28.

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“Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power” (World Premiere)

In the 1960s, 80% of the population of Lowndes County, Alabama, was African-American – but not a single black person was registered to vote. Sam Pollard and Geeta Gandbhir’s powerful documentary follows the story of how local grassroots organizers, featuring voting rights advocates from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee , created the machinery and popular support platform for registering Americans of color to vote for the first time, in the face of institutional racism and very real threats of violence just to find Find a place at the dinner table.

Through archival footage of figures like Stokely Carmichael and new interviews with activists in the ’60s and ’70s, we learn how residents of the poorest county in the country demand their language. speak and the rise of the Lowndes County Liberal Foundation, whose illustrative badge on billboards and ballots – a roaring black panther – will lead to a nationally recognized symbol of liberalism. Blacks decision. The film is an invaluable addition to the story of how much work has to be done to access the ballot box, even after blood was spilled on a bridge in Selma and the ink stains on the Voting Rights Act were over. dried. Live screen June 16, 18. Ticket information.

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