The Tribeca Film Festival is returning with another exciting lineup. This year’s films deal with topical issues, the inevitability of death, and moving forward in life. They run the gamut from taut thrillers to dark comedies. Here are some of the movies we want to see most.
Super PACS, political contributions, and campaign finance reform may not sound like exciting material, but 88 is a political thriller that is about more than just investments. The timely conspiracy film looks into institutional racism and government mistrust. The question is not whether the film will be able to deliver a suspenseful story but whether it can compete with the awfulness that comes from real elected officials.
With an impressive cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes, and Christopher Abbot, The Forgiven has a high ceiling. The premise is about a couple on the verge of divorce who take a vacation to Morocco in a last ditch effort to save their marriage. While there, a horrific accident involving a local teenage boy happens forcing the pair to work together to cover up what has occurred. When the boy’s father comes look for justice, it sets up a culture clash that brings out the worse in people.
The inevitability of death is something humanity has grappled with for ages. Next Exit envisions a world in which that problem has been solved – sort of. It has been discovered that there is life after death and ghosts are accepted as truth. There are even ways for volunteers to commit pain free suicide. When two ready to die strangers meet on their way to the Life Beyond clinic, they confront their pasts as they head towards their appointed future.
In order to rekindle the spark in their marriage, Laura (Jackie Van Beek) and Bruno (Damon Herriman) head to a three day couples’ retreat run by a relationship and sexual healing guru Bjorg Rasmussen (Jemaine Clement). The setup is a familiar one, but add in a script spoken completely in an improvised gibberish and you have a recipe for one of the funniest or most infuriating films from Tribeca.
This action comedy is about a wanna be rapper named Vinny who is determined to stop the wedding of his ex-girlfriend Rina. His plan? With a group of friends from his neighborhood, they plan to pull off the ultimate heist. They are going to break into the supermarket that Rina’s father owns and steal the jewels that are for the dowry. The colorful look of the movie has been compared to Wes Anderson.
Phillip Loder (Peter Dinklage) is a frustrated economics professor looking to improve his life. When looking through the classifieds, he finds a deal for a mansion that is too good to be true. As is often the case in life, when something sounds like that, it is because it is. Just when he thinks he has all of his problems solved, a new wrinkle is introduced into his solid plan.
Wes Schlagenhauf Is Dying
After their friend and former co-worker Wes Schlagenhauf contracts COVID-19, aspiring filmmakers Parker Seaman and Devin Das decide that the best gift for their ailing pal would be a personalized video message from Mark Duplass. But when this present ignites an artistic fire in the two of them, a selfless act becomes a potential source of money and fame. There have been lots of COVID movies, but this one wants its audiences to laugh.
The Tribeca Film Festival takes place from June 8 – June 19. Full lineup, passes, and tickets can be found here.
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