The 20 Most Anticipated Films of the Tribeca Film Festival 2014
By The Playlist Staff
So while the news that neither "Birdman" nor "Inherent Vice" (our no. 10 and no. 1 most anticipated films of the year, respectively) will be showing in Cannes may have us casting our thoughts forward to the fall festival season, there are still quite a few key events on the cinephile calendar between now and then. Indeed, the Tribeca Film Festival starts this week, and while the line-up overall feels more muted in profile than some years, there's still plenty that has piqued our curiosity in its slate.
"Point And Shoot"
Synopsis: Documentary following a young Baltimore man who left the U.S and ended up joining the Libyan rebellion against Colonel Gadaffi.
What You Need To Know: Documentaries are often a highlight of Tribeca, and this certainly looks like one of the most promising. For one, it's directed by Marshall Curry, an executive producer on last year's toast-of-Tribeca "Mistaken For Strangers," and whose last film, "If A Tree Falls," was nominated for an Oscar. And for another, it has a hell of a story, focusing on OCD-sufferer Matthew VanDyke, who left grad school searching for adventure, worked as an embedded journalist in Iraq, taking up arms and actually fighting to depose Colonel Gadaffi, and spending over six months in enemy hands in solitary confinement. It's the stuff of which hugely compelling documentaries are made, and should be made even more compelling through the presence of footage actually shot by VanDyke himself. Definitely one we're likely to be hearing about for some time to come.