The Tribeca Film Festival has announced today its first 96 titles that will shape the 17th edition of the New York event, which includes few national and international Latino titles in its 2018 lineup taking place April 18 - 29.
Participating in the U.S. Narrative Competition in its world premiere is Duck Butter, the most recent film by Puerto Rican director Miguel Arteta (Beatriz at Dinner). The film follows two women, jaded by dishonest and broken relationships, who make a pact to spend 24 uninterrupted hours together, having sex on the hour. Their romantic experiment intends to create a new form of intimacy, but it doesn’t quite go as planned.
The only Latin American film in the International Narrative Competition is the Chilean film Dry Martina by Che Sandoval. In the film passion and obsession mingle in this fresh comedy about an aging pop star who takes off to pursue a lover, and, while she’s at it, a better sense of self.
Having its U.S. premiere in the Spotlight Narrative section of the festival is Disobedience the most recent film—and English-language debut—by the recent Oscar winner Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) from Chile. Starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola, the film tells the story of a New York photographer who, after the death of her estranged rabbi father, returns to the Orthodox Jewish community in North London where she grew up and, in doing so, reignites long-dormant passions and controversies.
The Viewpoints section of the Tribeca Film Festival will feature the world premiere of two-Latin American themed films directed by non-Latino directors: Louis Myles' Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never To Play Football, about one of the biggest Brazilian sports celebrities of his generation who harbored a secret: He had never played a single game; and The Proposal, directed by artist-turned-filmmaker Jill Magid, who after learning that the archives of Mexico’s most famous architect are being held in a private collection, she devises a radical plan to return his legacy to the public.
Viewpoints will also feature the New York premiere of We the Animals by Jeremiah Zagar, a coming-of-age tale, based on the acclaimed novel, weaves magic realism into an portrait of three Latino brothers, their troubled parents, and the secret that the youngest of them holds; and When She Runs, directed by Latino director Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck and Robert Machoian about a young mother struggling to get by in her small town.
Lastly the Argentine film You Shall Not Sleep / No dormirás by Gustavo Hernández will have its international premiere in the Midnight section of the festival. The psychological thriller film follows a young actress who joins an experimental play set inside an abandoned asylum. The objective is clear: The actors must stay awake for as long as possible. The hospital’s former residents, however, have different plans.