World Documentary lineup to bow with 'World Before Her'

The 11th Tribeca Film Festival has tapped Israeli drama “Yossi” to open the World Narrative competition on April 19, while Canada’s “The World Before Her” launches the World Documentary competition on the same day.

The openings are two of the 46 films Tribeca unveiled Tuesday in two competition sections and the out-of-competition Viewpoints section — or about half of the 90 films that will be screened during April 18-29 in New York City.

Geoffrey Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, said the competition offers a wide range of storytelling, places of origin, and aesthetics. “This year, we present a balanced mix of American and international filmmaking, with what we believe has a special quality and exemplifies a range in the selection,” he said.

The narrative lineup includes “All In” (Argentina), “Beyond the Hill (Turkey, Greece); “First Winter” (U.S.); “Jack and Diane” (U.S.); “The Girl” (US., Mexico); “Nancy, Please” (U.S.); Postcards from the Zoo” (Indonesia); “Una Noche” (U.K., Cuba, U.S.); “Unit 7″ (Spain); “While We Were Here” (U.S.) and “Yossi.”

The docs lineup includes “Ballroom Dancer” (Denmark); “Downeast (U.S.); “Fame High (U.S.); “The Flat” (Israel, Germany); “High Tech, Low Life” (U.S., China); “The List” (U.S.); “Off Label” (U.S.); “Planet of Snail” (South Korea); “The Revisionaries (U.S.); “The Virgin, The Copts and Me” (France, Qatar); “Wavumba” (Netherlands); and “The World Before Her.”

The programming team includes Gilmore; Frederic Boyer as artistic director, who previously served as artistic director and head of programming for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes; Genna Terranova, who has been promoted to director of programming; and Cara Cusumano returning as programmer.

For the first time, the competition sections will have designated opening night films in both the documentary and narrative categories, highlighting the sections. “The World Before Her” will open the World Documentary competition and “Yossi” will open the World Narrative competition on April 19.

Boyer asserted that the lineup provides diversity in the themes addressed and vitality with nine first-time feature filmmakers in competition.

Gilmore and Boyer wrapped up the selections over the past week, noting that they were continually impressed by discovering new ways of storytelling on such titles as “War Witch” — a story of a child soldier in the Congo that the duo saw in Berlin.

The lineup includes titles from 32 countries, 54 world premieres and 16 North American premieres. A total of 107 directors will be presenting with 33 of those making their feature directorial debuts. The slate was chosen from a record total of 5,950 submissions.

Tribeca will announce the Spotlight, Cinemania and Special screenings sections on Thursday.

WORLD NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
“All In” (La Suerte en tus manos), Daniel Burman (Argentina) – International Premiere
“Beyond the Hill” (Tepenin Ardi), Emin Alper (Turkey, Greece) – North American Premiere
“First Winter,” Benjamin Dickinson (U.S.) – World Premiere
“The Girl,” David Riker (U.S., Mexico) – World Premiere
“Jack and Diane,” Bradley Rust Gray (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Nancy, Please,” Andrew Semans (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Postcards From the Zoo” (Kebun Binatang), Edwin (Indonesia) – North American Premiere
“Una Noche,” Lucy Mulloy (U.K., Cuba, U.S.) – North American Premiere
“Unit 7″ (Grupo 7), Alberto Rodriguez (Spain) – International Premiere
“War Witch” (Rebelle), Kim Nguyen (Canada) – North American Premiere
“While We Were Here,” Kat Coiro (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Yossi” (Ha-Sippur Shel Yossi), Eytan Fox (Israel) – World Premiere

WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
“Ballroom Dancer,” Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoed (Denmark) – North American Premiere
“Downeast,” David Redmon and Ashley Sabin (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Fame High,” Scott Hamilton Kennedy (U.S.) – World Premiere
“The Flat” (Ha-dira),” Arnon Goldfinger (Israel, Germany) – North American Premiere “High Tech, Low Life,” Stephen Maing (U.S., China) – World Premiere
“The List,” Beth Murphy (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Off Label,” Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Planet of Snail,” Seung-Jun Yi (South Korea) – North American Premiere
“The Revisionaries,” Scott Thurman (U.S.) – World Premiere
“The Virgin, the Copts and Me” (La Vierges, les Coptes et Moi), Namir Abdel Messeeh (France, Qatar) – North American Premiere
“Wavumba,” Jeroen van Velzen (Netherlands) – North American Premiere
“The World Before Her,” Nisha Pahuja (Canada) – World Premiere

VIEWPOINTS
“Babygirl,” Macdara Vallely (Ireland, U.S.) – World Premiere
“Benji,” Coodie and Chike (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Burn,” Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Caroline and Jackie,” Adam Christian Clark (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Certain People” (Katinkas Kalas), Levan Akin (Sweden) – World Premiere
Consuming Spirits,” Chris Sullivan (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Cut,” Amir Naderi (Japan) – U.S. premiere
“Death of a Superhero,” Ian Fitzgibbon (Ireland, Germany) – U.S. premiere
“El Gusto,” Safinez Bousbia (Algeria, Ireland, UAE) – North American Premiere
“Fairhaven,” Tom O’Brien (U.S.) – World Premiere
“The Fourth Dimension,” Harmony Korine, Alexey Fedorchenko and Jan Kwiecinski (U.S., Poland, Russia) – World Premiere
“Francophrenia (or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is),” Ian Olds and James Franco (U.S.) – North American Premiere
“Journey to Planet X,” Josh Koury and Myles Kane (U.S.) – World Premiere
“On the Mat,” Fredric Golding (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Resolution,” Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Room 514,” Sharon Bar-Ziv (Israel) – North American Premiere
“Rubberneck,” Alex Karpovsky (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Sexy Baby,” Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Stones in the Sun” (Woch nan Soley), P. Benoit (U.S., Haiti) – World Premiere
“Supporting Characters,” Daniel Schechter (U.S.) – World Premiere
“Town of Runners,” Jerry Rothwell (U.K.) – World Premiere
“Turn Off the Lights,” Ivana Mladenovic (Romania) – World Premiere

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