Matt Creed's debut feature, Lily, which premieres this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival is the story of a woman (played by co-writer Amy Grantham) who, approaching the end of cancer treatment, feels both an unwieldy sense of anticipation and uncertainty.
Rebecca Thomas' feature debut, Electrick Children, is a gossamer dreamscape of middle-class teenage discontent. Shifting from Utah's prairie and its crepuscular, gaslit interiors to Vegas' neon make-believe, the movie follows 15-year-old Rachel (Julia Garner), who raised in a fundamentalist Mormon family and community, runs away after discovering she is pregnant by immaculate conception.
Growing up in the countryside just outside Paris, filmmaker Oliver Assayas was only 13 in 1968. He was too young to participate in the May protests or even understand what was happening. He did, however, come of age in its wake; and his most recent film, Something in the Air, follows a group of teenage friends who interpret for themselves through film, books, art, conversations with parents, dissent, sex, and travel, the revolutionary aftermath of '68.
Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (Close-Up, Taste of Cherry, Certified Copy)'s Like Someone in Love is an uneventfully captivating portrait of life as it happens. As it is expected to happen. And how the same heartbeat which meters our day, which maintains the humdrum, is the exact time it takes for everything to change.
Andrea Arnold, the British director who won an Academy Award for her 2005 short, Wasp, might at first glance seem like an unlikely purveyor of a Wuthering Heigths adaptation. Her two features are bleak contemporary portraits of women on the verge—disquiet brought on by obsessive retribution in Red Road and choleric teenage torment in Fish Tank.
"I love LA, I love California. I love the history behind it, the palm trees, the sky, the convertibles," says art director and illustrator Ashkahn of his city and its influence on his work. "The feeling of it; it's really romantic to me." Romantic, sure, but never sentimental.
Founder of the production company The Director's Bureau, and co-owner of American Zoetrope, Roman Coppola has directed numerous ads and music videos, all of which call upon his Rube Goldberg yen for imagining function, fantasy, and humor in a bubble.