11 Movies We’re Dying to See at This Year’s Tribeca Festival

12 Mighty Orphans
Director: Eddie Martin
Director: Geeta Malik
Her journey of discovery is aided by a romance with the hunky son of local shopkeepers. After her first year of college wraps up, Alia returns home to New Jersey to spend the summer with her wealthy Indian American family. “India Sweets and Spices” is one of the hottest sales titles at this year’s Tribeca and should land one of the festival’s biggest deals. But her picture-perfect life isn’t what it seems and the revelation of some family secrets soon leaves Alia questioning her upbringing and class privilege.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Director: Ty Roberts
Tirola's film examines Bernstein's political activism, along with his artistic genius, tracing his opposition to the Vietnam War and support for the Black Panthers, as well as struggles with his sexuality. Few people loomed larger in American cultural life than Leonard Bernstein, the musical powerhouse behind "West Side Story" and "On the Town," as well as the music director of the New York Philharmonic. Finally, one of the most complex and important figures of the 20th Century gets the kind of in-depth portrait he deserves.
Cast: Isabelle Fuhrman, Amy Forsyth, Dilone Kate Drummond, Jonathan Cherry, Charlotte Ubben
Director: Lauren Hadaway
Cast: Sophia Ali, Manisha Koirala, Adil Hussain, Deepti Gupta, Rish Shah
The Kids
Almost three years after the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain, audiences are getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the globe-trotting celebrity chef's impact on the food world and beyond. If director Morgan Neville's acclaimed documentary about Mister Rogers is any indication, you may want to have a handkerchief at the ready.
Director: Andre Gaines
Cast: Tom Stourton, Charly Clive, Georgina Campbell, Joshua Mcguire, Antonia Clarke
The festival has ditched the word "film" from its title in order to emphasize the fact that Tribeca now encompasses podcasting, gaming, TV and so much more. For most New Yorkers, it's all about the movies. But who are they kidding? With that in mind, here are 11 films that should be on every festival-goer's must-see list. After a COVID-induced hiatus, Tribeca Festival returns with in-person premieres and an exciting mix of studio productions and low-fi indies.
Eyes will not remain dry through the final touchdown. Meet your next uplifting sports drama. In the tradition of "Rudy" or "Hoosiers" comes "12 Mighty Orphans," the story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who became unlikely Texas state championship contenders. In the process, their plucky come-from-nowhere run inspired a country reeling from the Great Depression.
Larry Clark’s “Kids” was a cinematic stick of dynamite when it premiered in theaters in 1995. Their story is one of sudden, blazing fame, which left them badly burned and still processing the experience more than two decades later. Its look at hard-partying, sexed up teenagers caused controversy, inspired scores of op-eds and think pieces, and helped the low-budget indie become an unlikely box office hit. “The Kids” dissects the legacy of Clark’s film by examining the lives of the real-life street kids who comprised the cast.
Untitled: Dave Chappelle Documentary
Cast: Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Brendan Fraser, Kieran Culkin
Director: Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar
The One and Only Dick Gregory
Cast: Nana Mensah, Meeko Gattuso, Oberon KA Adjepong, Adam Leon
A new documentary takes a glimpse at the challenges facing a small town in Ohio in the early days of COVID-19 and grapples with the emotions erupting following the Black Lives Matter movement. Despite the tough subject matter, Chappelle can be counted on to deftly offer comic relief to a community in need.” /> During the pandemic, Dave Chappelle made waves with his standup special titled "8:46," a reference to the murder of George Floyd.
Cast: Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker
Director: Morgan Neville
No coxswain will be spared in her quest for glory. The psychological thriller, loosely inspired by director Lauren Hadaway's own experiences, takes a chilling look at a college freshman who becomes obsessed with making it to the top varsity boat on her college's rowing team — no matter the cost. Picture "Black Swan" set in the world of competitive collegiate rowing.
Director: Andrew Gaynord
And just look at that cast! Okay, Soderbergh's turn producing the Oscars was a swing and a miss, but he should recover nicely with this flashy new thriller set in Detroit circa 1955. At a minimum, it won't be dull. That's the same Midwestern city that featured so prominently in Soderbergh's greatest film, 1998's "Out of Sight," another stylish slice of noir that hit all the right notes. "No Sudden Move" launches in Tribeca ahead of its HBO Max debut.
The movie announces Mensah, who previously appeared in "New Amsterdam" and "Farewell Amor," as a star to watch, both in front of and behind the camera. Mensah wrote, directed and appears in nearly every scene of this beautifully wrought drama about a doctoral student who is forced to reassess her life after her mother dies unexpectedly, leaving her the family's Christian book shop.
Director: Douglas Tirola
"The One and Only Dick Gregory" takes a compelling look at a comedian who used his public platform for activism during the civil rights movement. Backed by executive producers Kevin Hart and Lena Waithe, and including interviews with Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, among others, the documentary sheds light on an under-appreciated icon for Black America.
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
All My Friends Hate Me
India Sweets and Spices
No Sudden Move
The Novice
Bernstein's Wall
Gaynord's comedy follows a college crew reuniting for a birthday celebration at a country estate. Both the director and the cast are largely unknown to American audiences, but that could change when the film opens at Tribeca. As the title suggests, their weekend of bonding quickly goes off the rails. Think of it as "The Big Chill" without the uplift or "St. Elmo's Fire" with a heaping helping of awkward humor.
Director: Nana Mensah
Queen of Glory

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