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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Naomi Watts and Jennifer Jason Leigh Headline Two New Women-Directed Films Premiering at Tribeca

The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival is starting to unveil their list of films debuting next month, beginning with the Viewpoints, World Narratives and Documentaries. Without going through their entire film slate, I've decided to spotlight one film from each of the two former categories, particularly those that best represent the theme of Women's History Month. 

Both films, detailed below, are helmed by women directors, and star two talented actresses who bring to life stories that highlight the complexities of the female experience. More on each below:

World Narrative

SUNLIGHT JR., directed and written by Laurie Collyer. (USA) – World Premiere. Quickie-mart employee Melissa (Naomi Watts) and paraplegic Richie (Matt Dillon) are very much in love. Supported only by Melissa’s small hourly wage, they are nevertheless thrilled to learn that Melissa is pregnant. Then their situation deteriorates, and their tenuous financial situation threatens to bring their happy life crashing down. Norman Reedus also stars in this a moving romantic drama from Laurie Collyer, director of the Golden Globe-nominated Sherrybaby.

Full list of films competing in the World Narratives section here

Viewpoints (fresh voices in independent film and contemporary documentary from around the world)

THE MOMENT, directed by Jane Weinstock, written by Jane Gloria Norris and Weinstock. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. After a tumultuous affair between international photojournalist Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and troubled artist John (Martin Henderson) ends in John’s disappearance, Lee lands in a mental hospital to recuperate. She strikes up a friendship with a fellow patient bearing an uncanny resemblance to her missing lover. The pair works to uncover the truth behind the disappearance, but Lee’s precarious sanity comes under threat when the clues lead to the last place she would ever expect.

Check out the full list of films premiering in the Viewpoints section here

The remaining list of films will be announced tomorrow, March 6th. The Tribeca Film Festival will run in New York City April 17th-28th. 


Daniel said...

Both films sound fairly interesting, I'm really interested in the first film.

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