Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2017 Feature Film Slate (Full List)

2017 Tribeca Film Festival slate
Bob Franklin

World premiere movies starring Burt Reynolds, Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate, Jon Hamm, Al Pacino and Debra Winger, plus documentaries about Whitney Houston, Frank Serpico and Gilbert Gottfried, are among the feature film lineup for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

The festival has named 82 of the 98 features for this year’s festival, divided into competition categories as well as Spotlight, Viewpoints and Midnight sections. Special screenings, gala titles and the closing night are among the features remaining to be announced.

This year, the festival’s organizers opted to cut the total number of titles by 20%. “Over the past few years, the festival has grown in a lot of ways and a lot of different directions, and there was an opportunity to think about ways to stay focused and curated in all of our slates,” said Cara Cusumano, Tribeca’s Director of Programming. (In recent editions, Tribeca has grown to encompass TV, digital and multiplatform projects.)

Reynolds stars in Adam Rifkin’s “Dog Years,” about an 80-something former Hollywood star; Quinto, Slate and Hamm lead the cast of Brian Shoaf’s “Aardvark,” a competition title about a therapist who falls for her patient’s brother; and Pacino, Evan Peters and Barkhad Abdi appear in “Dabka,” Bryan Buckely’s story of a journalist trying to embed himself with Somali pirates. Winger stars alongside Tracy Letts in Azazel Jacobs’ latest about a rekindled marriage, “The Lovers.”

The latter two films are set for the Spotlight Narrative section alongside other notable titles including Michael Winterbottom’s latest with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, “The Trip to Spain”; Guillame Canet’s “Rock’n Roll,” in which real-life couple Marion Cotillard and Canet play themselves; Cate Blanchett art-theory tour-de-force “Manifesto”; romantic comedy “Literally, Right Before Aaron,” with Justin Long and Cobie Smulders; “Buster’s Mal Heart,” Sarah Adina Smith’s thriller starring Rami Malek; Oren Moverman’s latest, “The Dinner,” starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney.

Tribeca has become a prominent launchpad for documentaries in recent years, with this year’s roster encompassing Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal’s Houston doc “Whitney. ‘can I be me'”; Antonino D’Ambrosio’s “Frank Serpico”; and Neil Berkeley’s “Gilbert,” the Gottfried doc that features a string of well-known comedy names. Other movies on the documentary lineup include “Get Me Roger Stone,” Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme’s look at the right-wing political figure, featuring interviews with Donald Trump; David Byars’ doc about the Oregon militia, “No Man’s Land”; Alex Gibney’s investigation of a violence incident in Northern Ireland, “No Stone Unturned”; “Undefeated” filmmakers Daniel Lindsay and TJ Martin’s Rodney King story “LA 92”; “When God Sleeps,” Till Schauder’s profile of Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi; and the latest by David France (“How to Survive a Plague”), “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.”

The 2017 festival runs April 19-30. The full list of announced features follows.

Aardvark, directed and written by Brian Shoaf. (USA)
Abundant Acreage Available, directed and written by Angus MacLachlan. (USA)
Blame, directed and written by Quinn Shephard. (USA)
The Endless, directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, written by Justin Benson. (USA)
Flower, directed by Max Winkler, written by Alex McAulay, Max Winkler, Matt Spicer. (USA)
Keep the Change, directed and written by Rachel Israel. (USA)
Love After Love, directed by Russell Harbaugh, written by Russell Harbaugh, Eric Mendelsohn. (USA)
One Percent More Humid, directed and written by Liz W. Garcia. (USA)
Saturday Church, directed and written by Damon Cardasis. (USA)
Thirst Street, directed by Nathan Silver, written by Nathan Silver, C. Mason Wells. (USA, France)

The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung), directed and written by Petra Volpe. (Switzerland)
Holy Air (Hawa Moqaddas), directed and written by Shady Srour. (Israel)
Ice Mother (Bába z ledu), directed and written by Bohdan Sláma. (Czech Republic, Slovakia, France)
King of Peking, directed and written by Sam Voutas. (China, USA, Australia)
Newton, directed by Amit V Masurkar, written by Mayank Tewari, Amit V Masurka. (India)
Nobody’s Watching (Nadie Nos Mira), directed by Julia Solomonoff, written by Julia Solomonoff, Christina Lazaridi. (Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Spain)
November, directed and written by Rainer Sarnet. (Estonia)
Sambá, directed by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas, written by Ettore D’Alessandro, Carolina Encarnacion. (Dominican Republic)
Son of Sofia (O Gios tis Sofias), directed and written by Elina Psykou. (Bulgaria, France, Greece)
Tom of Finland, directed by Dome Karukoski, written by Aleksi Bardy. (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany)

Bobbi Jene, directed by Elvira Lind, written by Elvira Lind, Adam Nielsen. (Denmark, Israel, USA)
Copwatch, directed by Camilla Hall. (USA)
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, directed by David France, written by David France, Mark Blane. (USA)
The Departure, directed by Lana Wilson. (USA)
No Man’s Land, directed by David Byars. (USA)
The Reagan Show, directed by Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill, written by Josh Alexander, Pacho Velez. (USA)
A River Below, directed by Mark Grieco. (Colombia, USA)
The Sensitives, directed by Drew Xanthopoulos. (USA)
Shadowman, directed and written by Oren Jacoby. (USA)
A Suitable Girl, directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana. (USA, India)
True Conviction, directed by Jamie Meltzer, written by Jamie Meltzer, Jeff Gilbert. (USA)
When God Sleeps, directed and written by Till Schauder. (USA, Germany)

The Boy Downstairs, directed and written by Sophie Brooks. (USA)
Buster’s Mal Heart, directed and written by Sarah Adina Smith. (USA)
Chuck, directed by Philippe Falardeau, written by Jeff Feuerzeig, Jerry Stahl. (USA)
The Clapper, directed and written by Dito Montiel. (USA)
Dabka, directed and written by Bryan Buckley. (USA)
The Dinner, directed and written by Oren Moverman. (USA)
Literally, Right Before Aaron, directed and written by Ryan Eggold. (USA)
The Lovers, directed and written by Azazel Jacobs. (USA)
Manifesto, directed and written by Julian Rosefeldt. (Germany)
Permission, directed and written by Brian Crano. (USA)
Rock’n Roll, directed by Guillaume Canet, written by Guillaume Canet, Rodolphe Lauga, Philippe Lefebvre. (France)
Sweet Virginia, directed by Jamie Dagg, written by The China Brothers. (USA)
Take Me, directed by Pat Healy, written by Mike Makowsky. (USA)
Thumper, directed and written by Jordan Ross. (USA)
The Trip to Spain, directed by Michael Winterbottom. (U.K.)

ACORN and the Firestorm, directed and written by Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard. (USA)
AlphaGo, directed by Greg Kohs. (USA)
Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, directed and written by Barry Avrich. (Canada)
ELIÁN, directed by Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell. (USA)
Frank Serpico, directed and written by Antonino D’Ambrosio. (USA)
Get Me Roger Stone, directed and written by Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, Morgan Pehme. (USA)
Gilbert, directed by Neil Berkeley, written by Neil Berkeley, James Leche. (USA)
A Gray State, directed by Erik Nelson. (USA)
Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, directed by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested, written by Mark Monroe. (USA)
Hondros, directed by Greg Campbell, written by Greg Campbell, Jenny Golden. (USA)
I Am Evidence, directed by Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir. (USA)
LA 92, directed by Daniel Lindsay, TJ Martin. (USA)
No Stone Unturned, directed by Alex Gibney. (USA, Northern Ireland)
WASTED! The Story of Food Waste, directed by Anna Chai and Nari Kye. (USA)
Whitney. “can I be me,” directed by Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal, written by Nick Broomfield. (U.K)
Year of the Scab, directed by John Dorsey. (USA)

City of Ghosts, directed by Matthew Heineman. (USA)
Dog Years, directed and written by Adam Rifkin. (USA)
The Family I Had, directed by Katie Green and Carlye Rubin, written by Tina Grapenthin, Katie Green, Carlye Rubin. (USA)
The Farthest, directed and written by Emer Reynolds. (Ireland)
Flames, directed and written by Zefrey Throwell and Josephine Decker. (USA)
For Ahkeem, directed by Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest. (USA)
The Last Animals, directed by Kate Brooks, written by Kate Brooks and Mark Monroe. (USA)
Mr Long, directed and written by SABU. (Japan, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan R.O.C., Germany)
My Art, directed and written by Laurie Simmons. (USA)
My Friend Dahmer, directed and written by Marc Meyers. (USA)
Pilgrimage, directed by Brendan Muldowney, written by Jamie Hannigan. (USA, Ireland)
A Thousand Junkies, directed and written by Tommy Swerdlow. (USA)
The Wedding Plan (Laavor et HaKir), directed and written by Rama Burshtein. (Israel)

Devil’s Gate, directed by Clay Staub, written by Peter Aperlo, Clay Staub. (Canada, USA)
Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine, directed by Patrick O’Dell. (USA)
Hounds of Love, directed and written by Ben Young. (Australia)
Psychopaths, directed and written by Mickey Keating. (USA)
Super Dark Times, directed by Kevin Phillips, written by Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski. (USA)
Tilt, directed by Kasra Farahani, written by Jason O’Leary, Kasra Farahani. (USA)