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Friday, April 15, 2011

Tribeca Film Festival Turns 10

The Tribeca Film Festival is celebrating this year its 10's birthday: 47 world premieres and 104 feature film directors (27 of them women). Submissions came for 40 countries.

What brings Tribeca as its own to the world of festivals? Says Stephen Holden, Tribeca gives crucial exposure and marketing platform for serious independent filmmakers from around the world.

Among the movies selected this year for Tribeca I would briefly present a documentary made by Israeli born director Alma Har'el. It's Bombay Beach, and hopefully I will be able to watch it before long. For now I saw only the trailer:

Here is a plot summary, taken from imdb:

Bombay Beach is one of the poorest communities in southern California located on the shores of the Salton Sea, a man-made sea stranded in the middle of the Colorado desert that was once a beautiful vacation destination for the privileged and is now a pool of dead fish. Film director Alma Har'el tells the story of three protagonists. The trials of Benny Parrish, a young boy diagnosed with bipolar disorder whose troubled soul and vivid imagination create both suffering and joy for him and his complex and loving family. The story of CeeJay Thompson, a black teenager and aspiring football player who has taken refuge in Bombay Beach hoping to avoid the same fate of his cousin who was murdered by a gang of youths in Los Angeles; and that of Red, an ancient survivor, once an oil field worker, living on the fumes of whiskey, cigarettes and an irrepressible love of life. Together these portraits form a triptych of manhood in its various ages and guises, in a gently hypnotic style that questions whether they are a product of their world or if their world is a construct of their own imaginations.

To have a full image of what Tribeca Festival offers at its 10's anniversary, you should read this column from today's NY Times:


(New York, New York)

(Alma Har'el)



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