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Five From Tribeca 2019

by Jason Adams

The 2019 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 24th to May 5th, announced their Feature Film line-up this week -- you can check out the entire thing right here. Once again yours truly, along with a couple of familiar TFE faces, will be covering, and glancing through what I've got coming to me I can already feel the tips of my toes and fingers tingling with expectation. There are a ton of goodies again! So many, many goodies, actually... there are 103 movies already announced... oh my god it's a lot. So much. Okay okay before I start hyperventilating let's narrow this down. Here are the 5 films I'm most looking forward to right off the bat...

1. In Fabric -- If you've seen director Peter Strickland's last two films, Berberian Sound Studio and (especially) The Duke of Burgundy then you probably understand why I am so very excited to finally get my eyes on this -- this time around Strickland turns his wicked one-of-a-kind vision on the tale of a poisoned dress that makes it way through the hands of several unlucky owners, including Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Game of Thrones' gorgeous giantess Gwendoline Christie.

2. You Don't Nomi -- A documentary about Paul Verhoeven's trash-masterpiece Showgirls? This ain't champagne, it's holy water.

3. Charlie Says -- No matter how many movie stars Quentin Tarantino throws at me I don't have a ton of interest in seeing Charlie Manson Movies, and yet I'm one hundred percent here for this one because the goddess Mary Harron made it and it's way too few and far between that we can say that. Plus it was written by her American Psycho scribe Guinevere Turner. Thankfully the film focuses on three of the Manson Girls (real excited to see the super-underrated Hannah Murray take on John Waters' friend Leslie van Houten) and not Manson himself (who'll be played by Matt Smith). Although Harron certainly knows her way around charismatic psychopaths...

4. Roads -- The new film from Victoria director Sebastian Schipper (who will always be the goofy cute guy with one testicle in Tom Tyker's film Three to me) is a road movie starring Fionn Whitehead from Dunkirk (who was the highlight for me from a film I didn't like) and Elle's Stéphane Bak. And speaking of Tom Tykwer, also on-board is the great Moritz Bleibtreu from Run Lola Run.

5. White as Snow -- A sapphic re-telling of Snow White starring Isabelle Huppert kinda sells itself, don't you think?

Anyway I have a list of about 30 movies that I plan on seeing at this point so I have plenty of runners-up -- let's hope the fest turns out as good this year as it was last year, where I everything I saw, from Disobedience to Tully to We the Animals, was a winner. Tell us what you think we should make time for in the comments!!!

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I miss Marianne Jean-Baptiste being a thing in the movies.

March 7, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

I haven't even begun to look at the lists. I'm terrified to get my hopes up though.

March 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I rewatched Juliette Binoche winning her Oscar the other day because as Glenn was the presumed frontrunner and lost, so was Lauren Bacall. Anyway, I didn't think I'd honestly ever see Marianne Jean-Baptiste in the news again, lol. I honestly hadn't heard anything about her since then.

March 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

I'm ready for a Marianne Jean-Baptiste comeback.

March 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Does anybody else find the Tribeca list so daunting? It's a list of films you've never heard of by directors you've never heard of...

March 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

I was one of those who genuinely loved what In Fabric was giving me when I saw it at TIFF, but it will definitely be divisive.

March 8, 2019 | Registered CommenterChris Feil

Love the love for Marianne Jean-Baptiste -- an excellent actress who I love since she gave life to one unforgettable and beautifully-named character -- Hortense Cumberbatch. I read reviews of In Fabric and although it can be an acquired taste not all viewers have the patience to acquire, I would like to see her imbue a horror flick with her brand of kitchen sink realism. So yeah I'm on board.

Double wow to Isabelle Huppert in a sapphic film! Hope her films get wide distribution. She is a global treasure whose films no filmgoer, cineaste or not, should miss.

March 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterOwl

I thought the girl on the right in that You Don't Nomi picture was John Cena in drag!

March 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterK

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