Tribeca 2012 Preview: Spotlight

Ryland Aldrich, Festivals Editor

You've read about the Galas & Competitions and taken a tour of the Cinemania & Viewpoint sections, now we conclude our TFF2012 preview series with a look at a handful of the films on tap in the enormous Spotlight program. Look for our top picks tomorrow and enjoy the festival coverage!

Spotlight



AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT
Alex de la Iglesia's follow-up to the wildly popular and award winning The Last Circus is this dark satire starring Salma Hayak and Jose Mota.


MANSOME
Morgan Spurlock dives into the world of manscaping (that's male beauty grooming for the uninitiated) with help from pals Zach Galifianakis, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd, Jason Bateman, and Judd Apatow.


DEADFALL
Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky's follow-up to his Foreign Language Oscar winning The Counterfeiters is this heist flick starring Eric Bana, Charlie Hunnam, Olivia Wilde, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek, Kate Mara, and Treat Williams.


WHOLE LOTTA SOLE
Brendan Frazier stars in directing vet Terry George's (Hotel Rwanda, Reservation Road) Irish crime comedy.


CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING
Felicity Jones of Like Crazy fame stars in Donald Rice's period romantic country-sider set in 1932 England.


CHICKEN WITH PLUMS
Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud follow up the Oscar nom'd Persepolis with another Iran-set stylized graphic novel adaptation, this one mostly live action and staring Mathieu Almaric.


BROKE
Tribeca vet Billy Corben returns with this docu investigating the phenomenon of free spending professional athletes whose financial windfalls turn to woes within a few years of retirement.


STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
Brian Dannelly follows-up Saved! with another teenage laugher. This one sports a stellar case that includes Chris Colfer, Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, Sarah Hyland, and Rebel Wilson.


DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': EVERYMAN'S JOURNEY
This docu by Ramona S. Diaz is the story of Arnel Pineda, the Filipino YouTube sensation who became the replacement frontman for the rock band Journey.


THE PLAYROOM
Julia Dyer's John Hawkes and Molly Parker starring story of a family in 1970s suburbia was written by her late sister Gretchen Dyer.


LET FURY HAVE THE HOUR
Author/Artist Antonino D'Ambrosio turns to film with this exploration of creativity and art including the likes of Shepard Fairey, John Sayles, and Tom Morello.


TRISHNA
Michael Winterbottom's Indian drama starring Frieda Pinto and Riz Ahmed may be far from his best work, but it is certainly a stunning look at a gorgeous country.


YOUR SISTER'S SISTER
Finishing up a long festival tour that started at TIFF and continued through Sundance, Lynn Shelton's delightful relationship comedy starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Mark Duplass makes its NY bow before its June 15th release from IFC.


HEADSHOT
Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang's odd crimer continues its festival tour at TFF.


SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
This musical docu by Malik Bendjelloul has lit up the festival circuit winning awards and finding fans at Sundance and SXSW.


SIDE BY SIDE
James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, the Wachowskis, and more discuss the transition to digital filmmaking with Keanu Reeves in Chris Kenneally's digi-docu.


TAKE THIS WALTZ
Actress Sarah Polley's follow-up to her Oscar nom'd Away From Her is this Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen relationshiper.

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