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.
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