Sarah Jessica Parker in Blue Night
Film fest season comes to New York this month, with the always-highly-anticipated Tribeca Film Festival. The city’s cinematic staple has premiered some of our favorite indie titles over the past 16 years, since its inauguration in 2002, and has since become a proving ground for great new talent, and for established stars breaking from the blockbuster format.
This year’s lineup continues that tradition with multiple projects we can’t help but wait on the edge of our seats to see. From biopics to documentaries to midnight cult classics in the making, we wish it was physically possible to make it to every screening.
That said, these are the 10 titles that are can’t-miss at this year’s TFF.
Two employees (Ewan McGregor and Léa Seydoux) of a research lab come up with a technology that improves romantic relationships. As their research progresses, their discoveries become more profound. Find more info here.
All About Nina
Nina (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is a young standup comedian whose career is taking off. To escape an abusive ex and prepare for an important audition, she flees to LA where she meets Rafe (Common), who challenges everything she knows. Find more info here.
Matt Smith stars as Robert Mapplethorpe in this gripping biopic, following the iconic photographer from his rise to fame in the ’70s to his tragic death in 1989. Find more info here.
The Man Who Stole Banksy
Since 2007, the anonymous street artist known only as Banksy has created numerous politically-charged works. This documentary follows Walid the Beast, the bodybuilder and taxi driver who saw an entrepreneurial opportunity, cutting out the pieces and auctioning them off to the highest bidder. Find more info here.
The Party’s Just Beginning
Karen Gillan writes, directs, and stars in this tribute to her hometown of Iverness, and its high suicide rate in the Highlands. The film follows Lucy (Gillan) as she struggles to cope after her best friend takes her own life. Find more info here.
Vivienne Carala (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a musician who receives a troubling diagnosis that leaves her devastated on the eve of an important performance at the Birdland Jazz Club. She finds solace in the streets of New York as she decides whether to tell her loved ones. Find more info here.
Rachel Weisz stars as Ronit, a Jewish woman who, after the death of her father, returns home to the community that shunned her. As she reunites with now married childhood friends, Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) and Esti (Rachel McAdams), a forbidden desire is reignited. Find more info here.
Jonathan (Ansel Elgort) returns home and goes to sleep every day at noon. Every morning, he wakes up to find breakfast and a video telling him about how the second part of his day went. Find more info here.
Elle Fanning stars as the iconic Frankenstein author in this biopic about how she met Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth) and found the inspiration to write the literary classic. Find more info here.
Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie
This documentary follows the 60 year history of the world’s most popular doll, up to its modern reinvention. Newly discovered footage and interviews with Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay, Peggy Orenstein, and Mattel insiders help tell the story. Find more info here.