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Review: Kim Mordaunt's Australian Oscar Submission 'The Rocket,' a Primitivist Parable with Anti-Corporate Message (TRAILER)

There’s some seductively primeval scenery decorating Aussie director Kim Mordaunt’s “The Rocket,” which is Australia's Oscar entry, if only because its setting -- Laos -- has so seldom appeared on western screens. The film opens in New York City on January 10 and in Los Angeles on January 17 at the Nuart Theatre.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 8, 2014 11:51 AM
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Docs – Life After Tribeca? These Titles Deserve It

A few good docs always emerge from Tribeca. Yet emerging from any film festival with strong reviews and a distribution deal doesn’t mean that anyone will see the film.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • May 5, 2013 6:18 AM
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Tribeca Review: Experimental Shorts Series 'Let There Be Light' Turns the Simple Into the Intense

Thirteen experimental short films screened in the "Let There Be Light: The Cycles of Life" series at the Tribeca Film Festival. Each of the films was loosely connected by the "profound artistic influence of light" in film. Some of the films highlighted the power of sunlight, flickering through trees or dousing harvests. Others took inspiration from artificial light sources or the moon's glow. Each of them relied on relatively simple imagery and narration in order to tap into something mythic and intense.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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'The Rocket' and 'Bridegroom' Take Heineken Audience Awards at Tribeca

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the recipients of the Heineken Audience Awards Saturday night. Kim Mordaunt's 'The Rocket,' which has already won two prizes at Tribeca, was the audience favorite for narrative film while "Bridegroom," directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, won for documentary.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 11:50 AM
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Tribeca: Eastwood and Aronofsky Talk First Takes and Failing on Your Own Terms at World Premiere of 'Eastwood Directs' (VIDEO)

In a scene from 1995's "The Bridges of Madison County," Meryl Streep's farmwife gazes over one of the bridges as Clint Eastwood, playing a lanky photographer passing through, catches her off guard with a candid snapshot. He's delighted that he has captured her in a natural moment. One of many sequences highlighted in "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story," it underscores what the director is always chasing.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 27, 2013 9:12 PM
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Tribeca Review: Anti-Biodoc Delves into the Austere World of Michael Haneke: "true beauty is accuracy" (TRAILER)

You'll get only small fragments of Michael Haneke's biography in "Michael H., Profession Director." Yet you will see how Haneke works. And you'll get a strong dose of how actors feel about the man who forces them to force audiences to confront terrifying emotions.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 26, 2013 1:02 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival Awards 'The Rocket' and 'The Kill Team' with Top Honors (TRAILERS)

Thursday night, the 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival announced recipients of its world narrative and documentary prizes. Narrative competition jurors Bryce Dallas-Howard, Blythe Danner, Paul Haggis, Kenneth Lonergan and Jessica Winter selected "The Rocket," about a family uprooted to Laos, for best narrative feature, awarding the prize to Australian director Kim Mordaunt. The young Sitthiphon Disamoe also took best actor for "The Rocket."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 26, 2013 11:57 AM
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Tribeca Film Festival's Nora Ephron Prize Goes to 'Farah Goes Bang' Director Meera Menon (TRAILER)

The Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday awarded Meera Menon, whose feature debut "Farah Goes Bang" is an official selection, with the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize at the annual Women's Filmmaker Brunch.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 25, 2013 1:55 PM
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Tribeca Announces 10th Annual All Access Awards, Winners Include Terence Nance

Tribeca Film Institute has announced recipients of the 10th Annual Access Awards, which offers year-round support for burgeoning filmmakers and their incomplete projects.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 25, 2013 11:53 AM
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Tribeca Review: 'Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic' Leaves Out Insight

It is perplexing to understand how a documentary about someone as funny, alive, honest, edgy, and brilliant as Richard Pryor can fall so flat. Marina Zenovich’s documentary on the comedian, "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic," premiering at Tribeca, testifies to the comedian's humor and brilliantly dark view of the world around him. But "Omit the Logic" doesn’t show the audience anything new or insightful about him.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 25, 2013 1:39 AM
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