Tribeca Film Festival 2008

The organisers say: "The films in the Discovery section introduce our audience to emerging voices and fresh and engaging fiction and nonfiction stories. The section features inspirational documentaries focusing on such diverse subjects as a senior citizen hip-hop dance team; a former Sudanese child soldier turned internationally renowned activist and rapper; and America’s oldest bank robber.

"The exciting collection of narrative films in this section include stories about a young Turkish girl’s struggle between following her heart or obeying her parents; four Spanish mathematicians who must solve a problem in order to save their lives; and small town Texans who live in fear of a mysterious creature who inhabits their woods. This section’s films are striking and provocative works appealing to a wide range of tastes from avant-garde to more commercial fare."

Here's what they say about the films...

View other Tribeca Film Festival Films by strand: Encounters, Midnight, Restored and Rediscovered, Shorts, Showcase, Special Events, Spotlight, World Documentary Feature Competitions, World Narrative Feature Competition

Fermat's Room Fermat's Room
Fermat's Room and Worlds Apart
The 27 Club (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Erica Dunton; Writer: Erica Dunton; Stars: Joe Anderson, Dave Emrich, James Forgey, Alexie Gilmore, David Sherrill), Official Site
After the sudden loss of a bandmate, a distressed rock star hires a geeky grocery store clerk to drive him across the country. The vast American landscape - stunningly photographed provides solace for this unlikely pair as they make their way to New York for the funeral.
World Premiere
Ball Don't Lie (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Brin Hill; Writer: Brin Hill, Matt de la Peña; Stars: Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nick Cannon, Rosanna Arquette, Emilie de Ravin, Harold Perrineau, Grayson "The Professor" Boucher)
An urban coming-of-age story that follows Sticky, a talented streetballer (Grayson Boucher) who overcomes his troubled past through his passion for the game. Based on the popular novel, Ball Don’t Lie features Ludacris, Rosanna Arquette, and Nick Cannon. Part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
World Premiere
Bitter & Twisted (Bitter And Twisted) (Country: Australia; Year: 2008; Director: Christopher Weekes; Writer: Christopher Weekes; Stars: Noni Hazlehurst, Steve Rodgers, Leeanna Walsman, Gary Sweet, Matt Newton, Christopher Weekes), Official Site
This quirky, multidimensional drama of longing and loss starts with the death of a young man and flashes forward three years to assess the toll it took on his parents, brother, and ex-girlfriend. A vivid style and nuanced performances add unusual charm to this confident debut.
World Premiere
Charly (Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Isild Le Besco; Writer: Isild Le Besco; Stars: Julie-Marie Parmentier, Kolia Litscher), Official Site
Fourteen-year-old Nicolas leaves the elderly couple he lives with and heads for the sea but crosses paths with Charly, a tough girl who takes him into her mobile home, where an unusual domestic arrangement evolves. As in her brilliant directorial debut 1/2 Price (TFF ’04), Le Besco movingly depicts a world without adults.
North American Premiere
Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Eric Elie; Writer: Lolis Eric Elie; Stars: Glen David Andrews, Lenwood Sloan, Eric Foner, Brenda Marie Osbey, Irving Trevigne, John Hope Franklin), Official Site
Just outside the French Quarter of New Orleans is a lively, long-established neighbourhood that most tourists never see. Enlightening and informative, Faubourg Tremé documents the enduring legacy of one of the country’s oldest African American communities
World Premiere
War Child War Child
War Child and Milky Way Liberation Front
Fermat's Room (La Habitación De Fermat) (Country: Spain; Year: 2007; Director: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña; Writer: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña; Stars: Federico Luppi, Lluís Homar, Alejo Sauras, Santi Millán, Elena Ballesteros), Official Site, Trailer
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North American Premiere
Fighter (Country: Denmark; Year: 2007; Director: Natasha Arthy; Writer: Natasha Arthy; Stars: Semra Turan, Nima Nabipour, Behrouz Banissi, Cyron Bjørn Melville), Official Site
This high-energy martial arts drama chronicles a driven high school student caught between the expectations of her traditional Turkish family and her kung fu dreams. With slickly choreographed fight scenes, Fighter is an empowering story that culminates with an emotional punch. Part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
North American Premiere
Fire Under The Snow (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Makoto Sasa; Stars: Palden Gyatso), Official Site
Documentary about Tibetan monk Palden Gyatso, who spent 33 years being tortured and starved in Chinese prisons. He watched his nation ruined and his countrymen jailed or killed. Despite this, Gyatso remains unbroken, keeping the flame of his spirit ablaze.
World Premiere
Going On 13 (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez; Writer: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez; Stars: Ariana, Rosie, Isha, Esme), Official Site
Ariana, Isha, Rosie, and Esme are young girls who were followed by the documentarians for four years as they navigate the precarious path to womanhood and, in Valadez’ and Guevara-Flanagan’s expert hands, breathe new life into the coming-of-age story.
World Premiere
Gotta Dance (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Dori Berinstein; Writer: Adam Zucker and Dori Berinstein), Official Site
Festival vet Berinstein (ShowBusiness, TFF ’05) turns her camera on the amazing and inspirational story of the New Jersey NETSationals, the NBA’s first senior citizen hip-hop dance team. Against all odds, this energetic and dedicated group proves that even in their golden years, they’ve just Gotta Dance! Part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
World Premiere
Bitter & Twisted Bitter & Twisted
Bitter & Twisted and Sita Sings The Blues
Head Wind (Baad - e - Daboor) (Country: Iran; Year: 2007; Director: Mohammad Rasoulof; Writer: Mohammad Rasoulof)
The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran does its best to restrict its citizens’ access to information and media from the rest of the world. This documentary by the award-winning director of Iron Island shows how Iranians demonstrate what we’d call “Yankee resourcefulness” to stymie their censors.
North American Premiere
Marina Of The Zabbaleen (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Engi Wassef), Official Site
In the sandy villages outside Cairo, the Zabbaleen eke out a living recycling the flood of waste pouring out of the most populous area on the African continent. But one girl—six-year-old free spirit Marina—dreams of a better life. This poetic documentary tells her story.
World Premiere
Milky Way Liberation Front (Eunha-haebang-jeonseon) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2007; Director: Yoon Seongho; Writer: Yoon Seongho; Stars: Ji-Gyu Lim, Young-ju Seo, Eun-Seong, Bo-kyeong Kim, Yukie Mori, Hyung-keun Yu)
Black comedy adventure about a screenwriter whose personal and professional world is falling apart.
North American Premiere
Paraiso Travel (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Simon Brand; Writer: Simon Brand; Stars: Aldemar Correa, Angelica Blandon, John Leguizamo, Ana de la Reguera, Margarita Rosa de Fransico, Pedro Capo)
In this recent hit at the Colombian box office, a lovesick young man (Aldemar Correa) follows his seductive girlfriend as they illegally travel from Medellín to New York. When they are separated in Queens, he begins a desperate search to find her.
International Premiere
Playing For Change: Peace Through Music (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Jonathan Walls and Mark Johnson), Official Site
True devotees of music’s uniting power, Johnson and Walls hauled recording equipment across four continents, capturing the unsung talents of street performers from Nepal to Argentina. The result is an inspired tribute to both music and the adventurous spirit
World Premiere
The Wild Man Of The Navidad The Wild Man Of The Navidad
The Wild Man Of The Navidad and The 27 Club
A Powerful Noise (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Tom Cappello), Official Site
Bookended by call-to-action quotes from Margaret Mead and Mahatma Gandhi, this inspiring documentary follows three extraordinary women - Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mali, and Vietnam - as they lead day-to-day battles against ignorance, poverty, oppression, and ethnic strife.
World Premiere
Run For Your Life (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Judd Ehrlich; Stars: Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Grete Waitz, Ed Koch, Percy Sutton, Ted Corbitt), Official Site
Without one eccentric first-generation Jewish immigrant from Transylvania, the New York City Marathon simply wouldn’t exist. Ehrlich’s fun, loving, and inspirational tribute to the late Fred Lebow shows how one man’s imagination, determination, and love for running created one of the world’s most popular sporting events. Part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
World Premiere
Seven Days Sunday (Sieben Tage Sonntag) (Country: Germany; Year: 2007; Director: Niels Laupert; Writer: Niels Laupert; Stars: Ludwig Trepte, Martin Kiefer, Jil Funke, Jennifer Ulrich, Antonio Wannek, Karin Baal), Official Site
Teenage dropouts Adam and Tommek pass their days hanging out and drinking in their grim housing complex, but as grinding boredom combines with Adam’s need to prove himself and Tommek’s penchant for petty crime, the two make a bet that plunges them into shocking and sudden violence. Based on actual events.
North American Premiere
Simple Things (Prostye veshchi) (Country: Russia; Year: 2007; Director: Aleksei Popogrebsky; Writer: Aleksei Popogrebsky; Stars: Sergei Puskepalis, Leonid Bronevoy, Svetlana Kamynina, Mikhail Yevlanov, Ivan Shvedoff, Dinara Kutuyeva), Official Site
This artfully nuanced, occasionally playful story of an anaesthetist, whose daughter runs away just as he hits a rough patch with his mistress and his wife announces that she’s unexpectedly pregnant, has been widely regarded as one of the best Russian films of the past year.
North American Premiere
Sita Sings The Blues (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Nina Paley; Writer: Nina Paley; Stars: Annette Hanshaw, Reena Shah, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally, Manish Acharya), Official Site
Using a variety of colorful animation techniques, writer-director Nina Paley wittily interweaves the story of Sita, the leading lady of the ancient Sanskrit epic Ramayana, with the story of a modern American woman struggling to keep her marriage afloat.
North American Premiere
Zoned In Zoned In
Zoned In and Waiting For Hockney
A Story Of The Red Hills (Lal Pahare'r Katha) (Country: India; Year: 2007; Director: Remo; Writer: Remo, Dhrubo Banerjee, Subhendu Dasmunshi ; Stars: Mithun Chakraborty, Shankar Chakraborty, Bidipta Chakraborty, Moumita Gupta, Kayyum Ali, Rishi Mitra)
The story of a disheartened dancer and a disabled boy - both of whose lives are transformed by the magic and power of Chhou, a traditional Bengali dance of great spectacle and color - is recounted movingly, if improbably, by a renowned Bollywood choreographer.
North American Premiere
Tennessee (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Aaron Woodley; Writer: Russell Schaumburg; Stars: Adam Rothenberg, Ethan Peck, Mariah Carey, Lance Reddick, Bill Sage)
In this intimate road movie two brothers travel to the hometown they fled as teenagers to find their estranged father. When they are joined by a spirited woman (Mariah Carey) running from her abusive husband, they begin to grow closer, and the truth of their journey comes to light.
World Premiere
This Is Not A Robbery (Country: US; Director: Lucas Jansen and Adam Kurland), Official Site
One morning, JL “Red” Rountree woke, ate breakfast, went for a drive, and robbed a bank. He was 87. This is the unusual story of how this devoted family man and law-abiding senior citizen became one of the country’s most notorious serial bank robbers.
World Premiere
Under Our Skin (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Andy Abrahams Wilson), Official Site
Arguably the most overlooked and misdiagnosed ailment currently verging on epidemic throughout the United States, Lyme disease and the shocking controversies surrounding its identification and treatment are the focus of this provocative and often terrifying documentary.
World Premiere
Waiting For Hockney (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Julie Checkoway; Stars: Billy Pappas)
At 38-years-old, aspiring artist Billy Pappas is the ultimate dreamer. Checkoway chronicles the 10 years Pappas spent meticulously drawing his masterpiece in his parents' attic - and the success or failure he believes hinges on his ability to show his work to his idol, artist David Hockney.
World Premiere
Yonkers Joe Yonkers Joe
Yonkers Joe and Fire Under The Snow
The Wild Man Of The Navidad (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Justin Meeks and Duane Graves ; Writer: Duane Graves, Justin Meeks; Stars: Justin Meeks, Tony Wolford, Charlie Hurtin, Alex Garcia, Stacy Meeks, Edmond Geyer), Official Site
Based on real-life journals, this intelligent retelling of an old urban legend, shot in a Sevenities-style B movie aesthetic, focuses on a Texas community terrified by a mysterious creature inhabiting the nearby woods.
World Premiere
Worlds Apart (To Verdener) (Country: Denmark; Year: 2008; Director: Niels Arden Oplev; Writer: Niels Arden Oplev; Stars: Rosalinde Mynster, Pilou Asbæk, Jens Jørn Spottag, Sarah Boberg, Sarah Juel Werner, Anders W. Berthelsen), Official Site
The world of a dutiful daughter and Jehovah's Witness unravels when she falls for a non-believer.
North American Premiere
War Child (Emmanuel Jal: War Child) (Country: USA; Year: 2008; Director: Christian Karim Chrobog; Stars: Emmanuel Jal), Official Site
A rising hip-hop star uses his music to raise awareness about his homeland’s ongoing humanitarian crisis.
North American Premiere
Yonkers Joe (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Robert Celestino; Writer: Robert Celestino; Stars: Chazz Palminteri, Christine Lahti, Tom Guiry, Michael Lerner, Linus Roache, Michael Rispoli)
A small-time con man’s search for the perfect scam is disrupted by unexpected family challenges. This heartwarming drama features memorable performances by Chazz Palminteri and Christine Lahti.
World Premiere
Zoned In (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Daniela Zanzotto), Official Site
Filmed over the course of nine years, this documentary traces the remarkable journey of 16-year-old Daniel from a Bronx high school to an Ivy League university while simultaneously exploring the role of race and class in the American education system.
World Premiere
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