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2013 Tribeca Film Festival to Open with 'Mistaken for Strangers,' Road Documentary on Band The National

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 1, 2013 at 11:42AM

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival (April17-28) will open with Tom Berninger's road documentary "Mistaken for Strangers," starring the director on a personal journey with his brother, frontman Matt Berninger, on tour with his Brooklyn-based band The National.
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"Mistaken for Strangers."
"Mistaken for Strangers."

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival (April17-28) will open with Tom Berninger's road documentary "Mistaken for Strangers," starring the director on a personal journey with his brother, frontman Matt Berninger, on tour with his Brooklyn-based band The National. 

As the band travels from Berlin to Paris and even to the 2010 Obama rally in Madison, Wisconsin, Tom chronicles it all from the perspective of a roadie. His initial plans of making a rock documentary quickly shift as he realizes there is unforeseen drama and simmering tension between the band members.

The band will perform live following the film's world premiere on April 17.

The festival's full slate will be unveiled on March 5 and 6. 

Here's The National performing the song that inspired the title of the film:


This article is related to: Festivals, Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.