Wednesday, March 10, 2010

tribeca film festival lineup!

I'm taking a class in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival here in downtown Manhattan, which means one thing: All access pass to the entire film festival, April 21 to May 2! (I'm not freaking out or anything... nope. Just crossing off another one of my 12 life aspirations, no big deal.) AHHH!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!

My professor just emailed me the lineup of films that will be competing, and I'm making my must-watch list during study breaks (3 exams done, 1 more to go!). So far, these jewels have caught my eye:

William Vincent
(USA) – World Premiere

The versatile James Franco (Milk, Spider-Man) stars in the story of William Vincent, a quiet and peculiar criminal uninterested in the fruits of crime. When he falls for a gangster’s (Josh Lucas) favorite call girl (Julianne Nicholson), William is forced to flee New York. But after four years in exile, William secretly returns, intent on rescuing the woman he loves from her dangerous fate.

A Brand New Life (Yeo-haeng-ja)
(South Korea, France) – New York Premiere

When her father offers to take her on a trip, nine-year-old Jin-hee happily sings him a love song, the bittersweet notes inaudible to her own ear, until she realizes he has abandoned her at a Catholic orphanage. Celebrated from the Cannes to Berlin film festivals, Ounie Lecomte’s directorial debut, a semi-autobiographical portrait of 1970s South Korea, masterfully captures the emotional journey of loss, friendship, and starting anew. In Korean with English subtitles.

Lucky Life
(USA) – World Premiere

When one of them falls ill, a group of friends takes one last trip to the beach, desiring a meaningful farewell. Years later, as one of the couples plans to have a child, the trip lingers as a haunting memory. Lee Isaac Chung’s follow-up to his award-winning Munyurangabo is equal parts graceful, warmly acted relationship drama and beautifully shot visual poem.

Heartbreaker (L'arnacoeur)
(France) – New York Premiere
Alex (Romain Duris) and his sister (Julie Ferrier) break up couples for a living. They have a 100 percent success rate and only two rules: Never split a healthy couple, and never fall in love. But with a week to break up beautiful Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) and her seemingly perfect boyfriend, the rules start to bend, and soon the heartbreakers risk having their own hearts broken. This charming and glamorous romantic comedy veers from laughs to tears to tears of laughter. In French with English subtitles.

What do you think? Are you as intrigued as I am? Doesn't that last one sound sinfully good??? Check out full list here. :)


  1. l-u-c-k-y you! and thats a huge huge huge understatement. gah!

  2. omg you are so lucky!!! these all look so good! james franco looks super hot in that pic too..

  3. Rachel, I saw James Franco twice around the NYU campus (he goes to the film school here) and he's pretty hot in person too! ;)

  4. Let me know how those movies are. I LOVE James Franco!

  5. OMG, i'm so jealous of you. Have a wonderful fun time!!!

  6. ahh! luckeee! i adore james franco! ahhh All of those movies look amazing! take pictures, dear! now, about that movie, heartbreaker...I heard I was amazing! My friend is a movie fanatic and he said that heartbreaker is a must see!

  7. you are such a lucky doll!

    just posted my first giveaway. do join!


  8. wow, helen! what a great class!! i'm definitely envious:) im intrigued with james franco's movie:) love, love him! hehe gluck with exams and have fun at the festival!:D


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