The Tribeca Film Festival announced today the first slate for its 16th edition, for the competition, spotlight, viewpoints, and midnight sections, which includes some Latin American titles and Latino-themed films. The 2017 feature-film program includes films from 28 countries, including 78 world premieres, six international premieres, six North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, and six New York premieres.
Having their world premiere in the International Narrative Competition are Nobody's Watching / Nadie nos mira by Argentinean director Julia Solomonoff, and Sambá, directed by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas from the Dominican Republic.
In Nobody's Wathching, After giving up a successful soap opera career in his native Argentina for a chance to make it in New York, Nico finds himself staying afloat with odd jobs bartending and babysitting. In a moving depiction of the vibrant city, Solomonoff's film questions who is watching and how we adjust ourselves accordingly.
In Sambá, Cisco has his back against the ropes. After spending 15 years in an American jail, he’s returned to the Dominican Republic yet is unable to get a job, a problem compounded by his mother’s ailing health and his younger brother’s delinquent habits. To make money, he’s resorted to illegal street fighting. But Cisco finds a possible salvation in Nichi, an Italian ex-boxer who sees dollar signs in Cisco’s gritty fighting skills.
Having its world premiere in the World Documentary Competition, is the Colombian-American coproduction A River Below by Mark Grieco. Deep in the Amazon, a renowned marine biologist and a reality TV star are each working to save the indigenous pink river dolphin from being hunted to extinction. When a scandal erupts, ethical questions are raised as murky as the waters of the Amazon River. Mark Grieco’s (Marmato) surprising documentary digs into the ethics of activism in the modern media age.
And premiering in the Spotlight Documentary section is Elián by Tim Golden, and Ross McDonnell, in which now grown-up Elián González has the chance to tell his own side of the story that shocked the world in 1999.
The 16th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 19-30 in New York City.