Tribeca Film Festival Sets Its 2014 Competition Slate

Fashion doc 'Dior and I,' Rory Culkin topliner 'Gabriel' and vampire comedy 'Summer of Blood' each open one of the festival's programming sections.

Dior and I Tribeca Film Festival

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival has announced an initial  slate of 47 features spread across three sections, with world premieres including fashion doc “Dior and I,” Rory Culkin starrer “Gabriel” and vampire comedy “Summer of Blood.”

Those three titles are each the opening night screenings of the respective sections in which they appear, with all three bowing April 17, the day after the festival opens with “Time Is Illmatic,” the new music doc about Nas and his landmark hiphop album “Illmatic.”

“Gabriel,” Lou Howe’s story about a confused teenager, launches the world narrative feature competition, a 12-film lineup that includes “Goodbye to All That,” by Angus MacLachlan (screenwriter of “Junebug”) starring Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, Heather Graham and Anna Camp.

Also part of that section’s slate are “Loitering With Intent,” Adam Rapp’s story of aspiring screenwriters and the sister who interrupts them, starring Brian Geraghty, Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell; Ryan Piers Williams’ “X/Y,” in which America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn star as New Yorkers negotiating sex and romance; and international offerings including Talya Lavie’s Israeli feature “Zero Motivation” and Guillaume Nicloux’s “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq.”

Frederic Tcheng’s “Dior and I” (pictured, above), about Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection and the seamstresses of the Dior atelier, kicks off the world documentary feature competish. Tribeca has served as a launching pad for notable docs in the past, and this year the docket includes “Ballet 422,” Jody Lee Lipes’ look at choreographer Justin Peck and the New York City Ballet; Nancy Kates’ bio “Regarding Susan Sontag”; “Tomorrow We Disappear,” Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber’s look at Delhi folk performers who live in the city’s disappearing slums; and Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s “Mala Mala,” about trans-identifying women in Puerto Rico.

Tribeca’s Viewpoints section, not one of the fest’s competitive categories, launches with Onur Tukel’s “Summer of Blood,” about a man who, in the midst of a midlife crisis, is bit by a vampire. The section’s international fare also includes David Mackenzie’s prison drama “Starred Up” (already picked up by Tribeca Film, the distributor loosely affiliated with the fest); Tonislav Hristov’s “Love and Engineering,” about nerds who try to find hacks for dating; Mariana Rondon’s “Bad Hair,” centering on a 9-year-old boy in Caracas desperate for straight hair; and Diao Yinan’s “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” following a former cop investigating a string of murders.

Docs in the section includes forger tale “Art and Craft,” hot dog icon story “Famous Nathan” and “An Honest Liar,” following a magician who sets out to debunk the charlatans who give magic a bad name.

Overall, the announced slate of films make up 47 of the 87 features that will be part of Tribeca’s 2014 fest, with another round of titles to be announced later this week in the Spotlight, Midnight and Special sections.

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival runs April 16-27.