Ten Percent of Tribeca: A Preview

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Published April 19, 2010

CLOCKWISE: WILLIAM VINCENT, METROPIA, SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL, ZONAD

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which begins tomorrow (showtimes and tickets can be found here), includes ninety-two documentaries, features, and shorts. Below, ten percent of the most promising-looking offerings:

ZONAD
Directed by John Carney (Once) and his brother Kieran, this comedy chronicles the exploits of a rehab escapee in a red vinyl bodysuit who is taken for an alien in a small Irish town (which just happens to be stuck in a 50s timewarp).

THE KILLER INSIDE ME
Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, Wonderland) directs
Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, and Jessica Alba in an adaptation of a Jim Thomson’s 1952 novel of the same name.

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK
Joan Rivers requires no introduction, though she certainly deserves (even more) attention. She gets her due in this documentary by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberga.

GAINSBOURG JE T’AIME…MON NON PLUS
Comic book artist Joann Sfar’s surreal take on the life of Serge Gainsbourg.

WILLIAM VINCENT
James Franco continues his peripatetic career with his portrayal of an unusual criminal living in the shadows of Manhattan. Directed by Jay Anania.

THIEVES BY LAW
Alexander Gentelev takes an unprecedented look inside the Russian Mafia, weaving together the life stories of three Mafiosi and a history of their infamous institution.

METROPIA
Vincent Gallo and Juliette Lewis star in this animated feature by Tarik Saleh about a dystopian future in which oil is in short supply and Europe’s metros have been combined into a single, continent-spanning system.

ROAD, MOVIE
Indian director Dev Benegal‘s take on an American film model.

SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL
Mat Whitecross’s biopic about beloved New Waver and Blockheads frontman Ian Dury.