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The Tribeca Film Festival, which started on April 17 and continues through April 28, will screen 89 films by both established and emerging directors. While we look forward to features by the likes of Mira Nair and Neil LaBute, we are especially excited to see more from some of film’s freshest faces. Here are five emerging directors to watch for.
Daniel Patrick Carbone (U.S.): Hide Your Smiling Faces
Wandering the lakes, fields and forests of the rural American summer, Carbone’s feature-length debut Hide Your Smiling Faces promises a dose of beautiful nostalgia. Two young brothers with lovably unwashed faces grapple with death and loss in the tradition of Stand By Me and the works of director Terrence Malick, creating a film that the Brooklyn director hopes will call up viewers’ own lovably unwashed American childhoods.
Arvin Chen (Taiwan): Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Following Au Revoir Taipei (2010), his charming debut film, Chen presents the North American première of his second romantic comedy, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, in which a married optometrist and the future are not what they seem. Chen lends a glimmer of magic to the ordinary life of the befuddled everyman, wandering through big-box stores and racquetball courts.
Scott Coffey (U.S.): Adult World
Coffey, a former actor (he appeared in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Mulholland Drive), had his celebrated directorial debut in 2005 with Ellie Parker, in which an unemployed actress played by Naomi Watts strives to make a life for herself amid the absurdities of Hollywood. For his most recent indie flick—premiering at TFF—Coffey focuses on a remote town in upstate New York, home to a reclusive writer (John Cusack) and an unemployed poet (Emma Roberts) striving to kick-start her career amid the absurdities of her job at a mom-and-pop sex shop called Adult World.
Jessica Oreck (U.S.): Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
In her debut documentary, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009), Oreck traced the Japanese love for insects, shifting the ambit of the nature film from creatures-in-wilderness to cultural relationships between people and the natural world. That investigation continues with the TFF world première of Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, which follows two reindeer-herding brothers, Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki, and their families through the wilds and winters of the Finish arctic. Oreck lived with the siblings for about nine months over a year and a half.
Richard Raaphorst (Netherlands): Frankenstein’s Army
Raaphorst, a Danish commercial director, became a genre sensation when the trailer for his zombie flick Worst Case Scenario went viral in 2007. In his first completed feature-length project, the ghoulishly sepia-toned Frankenstein’s Army (pictured above) gives horror buffs a breed of ghoul that predates the retroviruses of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The film depicts a World War II era, when limbs were sewn together and reanimated by mad Nazi scientists.