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Tribeca: Mira Nair talks 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' and the Boston bombings -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The Reluctant Fundamentalist premiered last year at the Venice Film Festival, but it will be a very different screening experience when it has its U.S. premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on Monday night. Based on the 2007 novel by Mohsin Hamid, director Mira Nair’s adaptation tells the story of Changez, a brilliant Princeton-educated Pakistani who prospers on Wall Street until the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, which force him to acknowledge the Otherness he begins to see reflected back at him in the eyes of scared and suspicious Americans. It’s an experience that Nair herself encountered in the frightening months after 9/11, when the rattled city that was her home began to look at her and her family very differently.

But Nair is glad to bring her film to New York, even with the tragic bombings in Boston resurrecting old fears and psychological scars from 2001. “Tribeca is such a perfect place because the festival came out of a sense of healing and wanting points of view from beyond our own borders,” says Nair. “My film speaks to that. It’s a beautiful place to be able to offer this film, which I really view as a bridge.”

In an exclusive scene — which includes a single profanity — Changez (Riz Ahmed) wins over a Wall Street recruiter (Kiefer Sutherland) with his ambition and ability to assimilate. “In America, I get an equal chance to win,” says the confident young man. “And whether you hire me or not, Jim, I am going to win.”

Click below for the clip, and then read a Q&A with Nair about her take on the relationship between American and the Islamic world. READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: Jennifer Jason Leigh doesn't have photographic memory in 'The Moment' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Jennifer Jason Leigh has a delicious history of playing characters right on — or beyond — the edge, from Rush to Single White Female to Dolores Claiborne. In The Moment, a psychological drama that has its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, she plays a Lee, a war photographer trying to balance her demanding career with her role as a mother, who doubts her own sanity after her estranged ex-boyfriend (Martin Henderson) goes missing. “Her initial reaction is to think that she killed him because of her guilt about him and about other things as well,” says co-writer and director Jane Weinstock.

As a result, Lee checks herself into a mental hospital where she encounters a fellow patient who possesses a remarkable likeness to the man she thinks she killed. “The film jumps around in time,” says Weinstock, who was inspired by the more unsettling works of Hitchcock and Cassavetes. “I didn’t want to tell a linear story. I wanted to tell it more the way stories exist in our memory — in pieces — rather than A to B to C. So it’s almost structured like the unconscious.”

Watch an exclusive scene from the movie below, as Lee stumbles upon the possible crime-scene that will test her grip on reality. “My head is exploding and I’m coming in,” she says into her ex’s answering machine, revealing maybe more than she herself knows. READ FULL STORY

Tribeca 2013: 13 must-see movies

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Now in its 12th year, the Tribeca Film Festival is one of the premiere artistic showcases and industry marketplaces for independent cinema. Sundance might still be the place to go to discover new talent on the cheap, Toronto is the festival to generate Oscar buzz, but Tribeca has an eclectic mix that both reflects the soul of native New Yorkers and what the city means to the rest of the world as a cultural international capital. In between tonight’s opener — the music documentary Mistaken for Strangers about the National — and the closing night’s special screening of Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy — New Yorkers will enjoy 89 feature-length films from more than 30 different countries, including 53 world premieres.

New York is constantly changing, neighorhood by neighborhood, and the festival has evolved as well. This year’s slate includes an emphasis on new technology — a Vine contest, transmedia projects, and a choose-your-own-adventure video game starring Ellen Page — as well as a deep roster of documentaries about high-profile people. “For me, it ended up being docs on people who use their voices in a creative way and were able to effect change,” says Genna Terranova, the festival’s director of prograaming. “Like Moms Mabley, who came before everybody, and Richard Pryor and Elaine Stritch. They said what they thought and pushed themselves into our culture and our consciousness.”

That’s New York, isn’t it?

Click below for 13 movies, many of them world premieres, that might end up defining Tribeca 2013.

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Tribeca Film Festival announces shorts lineup with films featuring Elijah Wood, Elle Fanning, more

For short films, the Tribeca Film Festival is a must. Winning the award for Narrative Short or Best Documentary Short automatically qualifies a film for the Academy Awards. Their track record isn’t too bad either. Shawn Christensen’s Curfew had its New York premiere at the Festival and went on to win the Academy Award.

This year, Tribeca will show 60 short films in eight categories, from a variety of new and returning directors (including Christensen with Grandma’s Not A Toaster), and featuring performances from a number of Hollywood stars. Elijah Wood plays a standup comic who attempts a daring set in Setup, Punch (Worst Day Ever category), Elle Fanning deals with eating disorders and societal standards for beauty in Likeness (Skin Deep category), and Dominic West plays an inventor who loses his wife and must figure out another way to raise his child in The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden (Deadbolt category).

In the press release announcing the lineup, TFF Director of Short Film Programming and Initiatives Sharon Badal said, “These short programs run quite the emotional gamut, and we look forward to surprising our moviegoers with some very unique stories this year.”

Click past the jump for the full list.

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Tribeca Film Festival announces new Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green films for line-up

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The Tribeca Film Festival announced the second half of its movie slate today with a lineup that includes Emma Roberts in Adult World, Zac Efron in racing-cum-farming drama At Any Price, and Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight. The releases are in the following categories, which make up the second half of the festival’s feature list: Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings, and Storyscapes, a new category this year to recognize work in transmedia — films the incorporate web-based and cross-platform elements.

The Spotlight selection — 33 films: 21 narratives and 12 documentaries — stands out for its range of titles, including premieres from indie darlings (Junebug director Phil Morrison, The Crying Game’s Neil Jordan, David Gordon Green, and Mira Nair), behind-the-camera work from actors (A Case of You, from Justin Long’s script, Clark Gregg’s Trust Me), and documentaries about Richard Pryor, Elaine Stritch, and I Got Somethin’ to Tell You, about Moms Mabley — directed by Whoopi Goldberg.

Said Director of Programming Genna Terranova: “The documentary films in the Spotlight section this year highlight several famous individuals (including one very cute cat) who use their wit and bold personas to make us think and laugh.”

The Midnight films are a group of seven international “raucous and rousing” horror films. Meanwhile, the newly-minted Storyscapes features five entries, including The Exquisite Forest (produced by Google and the Tate Modern) which builds upon user-generated animations made at exquisiteforest.com, and Sandy Storyline, an “ever-growing” collection of survivor’s stories using audio, photography, text, and video.

Buzziest of all is Linklater’s trilogy-ending Midnight, which turned viewers into delirious swoons at Sundance with its return to the story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), soul mates of the heart and head.

The short film program will be announced the week of March 11. Take a look at the full list of selected films after the jump.

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Tribeca Film Festival announces opening night features

The Tribeca Film Festival announced the first half of its 2013 movie slate today, including its World Narrative and Documentary Competition film categories, along with selections from the out-of-competition Viewpoints section, which highlights international and independent cinema. Festival organizers reviewed more than 6,000 submissions to select 89 feature-length films from 30 different countries for this year’s festival, which boasts 53 world premieres. “Our competition selections embody the quality and diversity of contemporary cinema from across the globe,” said Frederic Boyer, Tribeca’s artistic director. “The cinematic proficiency that harnesses this lineup is remarkable and we’re looking forward to sharing these new perspectives, powerful performances, and multifaceted stories.”

A few of the festival’s high-profile world premieres: Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby) directs Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon, and Norman Reedus in Sunlight Jr., a sober love story between a convenience-store employee (Watts) and a paraplegic (Dillon) and what happens when she gets pregnant. Matt Wolf’s documentary Teenage investigates the history of the youth demographic that didn’t exist until the 1950s but now drives our popular culture. Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) plays a young teen who sets out on a fowl adventure with his bird-watching friends on the eve of his widowed father’s wedding in A Birder’s Guide to Everything, co-starring Ben Kingsley.

Click below for a list of the recently announced Tribeca films: READ FULL STORY

Sundance Institute to host summer film festival in Los Angeles

The good news: Sundance is holding a second film festival this year. The better news: For once, attendees can leave their fashionable parkas at home.

The Sundance Institute announced today that it will be hosting a four-day summer film festival called Next Weekend in Los Angeles this August. Next Weekend will be an extension of Sundance proper’s “Next” section, which launched in 2010 and features “stylistically adventurous films that take a bold approach to storytelling,” such as Zal Batmanglij’s sound of my voice and Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me. READ FULL STORY

River Phoenix's final film to make North American premiere

A Phoenix will rise at the Miami International Film Festival this March, where Dark Blood — the final film starring fallen actor River Phoenix — will make its North American premiere. The movie had its debut screening at the Netherlands Film Festival in September 2012.

Dark Blood stars Phoenix as Boy, a young widower living in the desert who takes a couple (Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis) prisoner after their car breaks down. Phoenix was still shooting the film when he died in the wee hours of October 31, 1993 after ingesting a lethal combination of heroin and cocaine at Los Angeles’s Viper Room. READ FULL STORY

2012 Annie Award nominees, honoring the best in animation, announced

Which of 2012′s animated films drew the most applause?

According to the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, the options include Pixar’s Brave, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, and DreamWorks’s Rise of the Guardians. All three — among others — were nominated for animation’s highest honor today when the group named the contenders for its 40th annual Annie Awards. The prizes will be distributed Saturday, Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.

See who else made the cartoon cut with this list of nominees for the Annie Awards’ biggest honors. A full list of nominees can be found at the awards’ website.

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London Film Festival announces lineup: Rolling Stones doc, Dustin Hoffman debut, and more

The 56th Annual London Film Festival has announced its full lineup — a packed schedule that includes 225 features, 14 world premieres, and a variety of special events, including the gala debut of Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane. The band, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is expected to attend the festival as well. READ FULL STORY

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