Tribeca Festival 2007

The organisers said: "The Showcase section offers festival-goers highlights from film festivals around the world. This eclectic selection of 14 films represents 11 countries and ranges from a film shot entirely on a mobile phone portraying a traumatized soldier’s perspective, to a wildly avant-garde film depicting the kidnapping of a billionaire’s dog by a deaf-mute and two ketamine addicts, as well as young girls Double Dutching their way to victory and a Mardi Gras Indian Chief’s decision to make one last carnival costume."

View other Tribeca Festival Films by strand: Discovery, Encounters, Family Films, Midnight, Spotlight, World Documentary Feature Competition, World Narrative Feature Competition

Taxidermia Taxidermia
Taxidermia and Das Fraulein
Avida (Country: France; Year: 2006; Director: Gustave de Kervern Benoît Delépine; Writer: Benoît Delépine Gustave de Kervern; Stars: Gustave de Kervern, Benoît Delépine, Velvet, Claude Chabrol.)
Life in the surreal world.
US Premiere
Black Butterfly (Mariposa Negra) (Country: Peru; Year: 2006; Director: Francisco Lombardi; Writer: Giovanna Pollarolo; Stars: Melania Urbina, Magdyel Ugaz, Yvonne Frayssinet, Gustavo Bueno, Monserrat Carulla, Lluis Homar)
Right before the fall of Peru's President Alberto Fujimori in 2000, a demure schoolteacher conspires with a tabloid journalist to assassinate the brutal official responsible for her fiancé's murder. Peruvian auteur Francisco Lombardi based this dark tale of revenge and corruption on a novel by Alonso Cueto.
New York Premiere
Das Fraulein (Fräulein, Das Fräulein) (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2006; Director: Andrea Staka; Writer: Andrea Staka, Barbara Albert, Marie Kreutzer; Stars: Mirjana Karanovic, Marija Skaricic, Ljubica Jovic, Andrea Zogg, Pablo Aguilar, Zdenko Jelcic, Tiziana Jelmini, David Imhoof, Kenneth Huber, Sebastian Krähenbühl)
Two women from the former Yugoslavia have their perceptions and dreams altered by a young Bosnian with a lust for life.
New York Premiere
The Devil Came On Horseback (Country: USA; Year: 2007; Director: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg; Writer: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg; Stars: Brian Steidle), Official Site
One man's mission to tell the world about genocide in Sudan.
New York Premiere
A Dirty Carnival (Biyeolhan geori) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2006; Director: Yu Ha ; Writer: Yu Ha; Stars: Ho-jin Chun, In-jae Heo, Yoon Jae-Moon, Ku Jin, Byeong-chun Kim, Yun-Hee Kim, Tae-won Kwon, Bo-young Lee, Jong-hyeok Lee, Min Nam-koong, In-sung Zo)
Byung-doo takes on a high-risk mission to pay the bills for his widowed mother and siblings. But when he succeeds, he finds himself quickly rising through the ranks of South Korea's organized crime world, paving the way for this exceptional saga of greed, betrayal, violence and tragedy. The literal translation of the Korean title is "mean streets".
New York Premiere
Doubletime Doubletime
Doubletime and The King Of Kong
Doubletime (Country: USA; Year: 2007; Director: Stephanie Johnes; Stars: Ray Fredrick, Joy Holman, Antoine Cutner, Timothy Martin, Tia Rankin, Erica Zenn)
Skip-hop extravaganza.
New York Premiere
Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori, Chahar Shanbeh Souri) (Country: Iran; Year: 2006; Director: Asghar Farhadi; Writer: Asghar Farhadi, Mani Haghighi; Stars: Hedye Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Hamid Farokhnezhad, Pantea Bahram, Sahar Dolatshahi, Mehran Mahram, Hooman Seyadi, Behshad Sharifian, , , )
A young cleaner gets caught up in the web of suspicion and intrigue between a troubled couple and their neighbours.
New York Premiere
The King Of Kong (The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters) (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Seth Gordon; Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day, Mark Alpiger, Greg Bond, Craig Glenday, Brian Kuh, Robert Mruczek, Todd Rogers, Steve Sanders, Doris Self), Official Site
Arcade gamers battle it out to be top dog at Donkey Kong.
New York Premiere
The Man From The Embassy (Der Mann Von Der Botschaft) (Country: Germany; Year: 2006; Director: Dito Tsintsadze; Writer: Zaza Rusadze, Dito Tsintsadze; Stars: Burghart Klaußner, Lika Martinova, Marika Giorgobiani, Irm Hermann, Roland Schäfer)
The empty existence of a German official living in Tbilisi, Georgia, brightens when he forms a tenuous friendship with a 12-year-old girl living in one of the city's refugee camps. But corruption, violence and accusations of pedophilia taint their growing bond, echoing post-Soviet Georgia's uneasy relationship with the West.
North American Premiere
Nanking (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman; Writer: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman, Elizabeth Bentley, Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman; Stars: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz, Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Michelle Krusiec, Leah Liang Lewis, Chris Mulkey, Jürgen Prochnow, Sonny Saito)
During the 1937-1938 Japanese occupation of Nanking, an estimated 200,000 Chinese were killed and 20,000 raped. But an unlikely partnership of Nazi businessmen and American missionaries saved 250,000 lives. Using letters, diaries and interviews with survivors and Japanese soldiers, Nanking exposes a still-controversial episode of WWII. In English, Japanese and Mandarin.
New York Premiere
The Devil Came On Horseback The Devil Came On Horseback
The Devil Came On Horseback and Fireworks Wednesday
Shame (Country: Pakistan, US; Year: 2006; Director: Mohammed Naqvi)
In 2002, Mukhtaran Mai, a woman living in a remote Pakistani village, was publicly gang raped to atone for a crime her brother allegedly committed. Instead of killing herself, as she was expected to do, she raised an outcry that became an international cause. A powerful essay in courage.
New York Premiere
Taxidermia (Country: Hungary, Austria, France; Year: 2006; Director: György Pálfi; Writer: György Pálfi, Lajos Parti Nagy, Zsófia Ruttkay; Stars: Csaba Czene, Gergely Trócsányi, Piroska Molnár, Adél Stanczel, Marc Bischoff, Gábor Máté, Zoltán Koppány, Géza D. Hegedüs, Erwin Leder, Géza Balkay, Attila Balogh)
Three generations of grotesque goings on in Hungary.
US Premiere
Tootie's Last Suit (Country: US; Year: 2006; Director: Lisa Katzman)
Former Mardi Gras Indian Chief Tootie Montana is a New Orleans icon, famed for his brilliant handmade carnival costumes. When he decides to stage a late-life comeback, however, bitter family rivalries erupt. Filmed pre- and post-Katrina, this colorful portrait celebrates the resilient spirit of a man determined at all costs to preserve a vital cultural tradition.
New York Premiere
Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me It Would Become This Bad In Afghanistan (Waarom heeft niemand mij verteld dat het zo erg zou worden in Afghanistan) (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2007; Director: Cyrus Frisch; Writer: Cyrus Frisch; Stars: Cyrus Frisch)
The world's first mobile phone feature.
North American Premiere

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