The Tribeca Film Festival announced today the lineup for its 2019, taking place April 24 to May 5 in New York City, and with a handful of Latin American selections from Argentina, Mexico, and Bolivia in their world and New York premieres.
Having its world premiere in the U.S. Narrative Competition is Initials SG / Iniciales SG, the newest film by directorial duo Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia. Set in Buenos Aires and starring Diego Peretti, the film follows an aging Argentine Serge Gainsbourg wannabe who struggles with a career he can't seem to get on track, an affair he doesn't want, and a crime he didn't mean to commit.
Screening in its world premiere In the International Narrative Competition is The Gasoline Thieves /Huachicolero by Mexican director Edgar Nito. Propelled by a need for cash to impress a crush, 14-year-old Mexican farmhand Lalo finds himself dangerously in over his head after entering into the country’s underworld of illegal gasoline extraction.
Michael Yuchen Lei’s A Taste of Sky, which details the journey of two students from Gustu, the groundbreaking cooking school and fine-dining restaurant founded by Noma’s Claus Meyer in La Paz, Bolivia, will have its world premiere in the Spotlight Documentary section of the festival.
And last, but not least, the Mexican film This Is Not Berlin by Hari Sama will have its New York premiere in the inaugural Tribeca Critics’ Week section, with a curated slate of 5 feature films from New York-based film critics including Eric Kohn (IndieWire Chief Critic and Executive Editor), K. Austin Collins (Vanity Fair Film Critic), Bilge Ebiri (Film writer and critic, New York Magazine/Vulture), and Alison Willmore (BuzzFeed News Critic and Culture Writer). As World Cup fever hits Mexico in 1986, two middle class teens discover an underground culture of experimentation with sex, drugs, and art. This Is Not Berlin is a film that crosses narrative and formal boundaries with the same thrilling abandon that its characters do emotional and experiential ones.