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As we stand on the edge of SXSW, New York-minded and centric
film fans are already gearing up for our own big deal of a fest. Today, having just announced its World Narrative selections, the 2012 Tribeca Film
Festival unveils its Cinemania (read: wild, bizarre, midnight movies) section, and their choices sound wholly appropriate. Fango got the lineup and an exclusive and
cool little chat with festival programmer Cara Cusumano.
First, from cannibals to kidnapping, unexpected large sums
of money to violent video game haze, home invasion, dead dog revenge and
absolutely legendary fist fight, here’s what you’ll be seeing come April 18-29.
· EDDIE– THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL, directed and written by
Boris Rodriguez. (Canada, Denmark) – North American Premiere, Narrative.
Onetime art star Lars Olafssen is all washed up. Unable to paint without
inspiration, he accepts a teaching stint at a small-time art school in podunk
Koda Lake, Canada, and along with it the guardianship of the offbeat town’s neighborhood
weirdo, Eddie. As their unlikely friendship evolves, Lars uncovers a dark and
violent secret about Eddie’s nocturnal impulses, and finds himself torn between
his duty to his friend and his duty to his art.
· GRACELAND, directed and written by Ron Morales.
(Philippines, USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Family man Marlon Villar is the
longtime chauffeur of prominent politician Manuel Chango. While he and his
daughter accompany his boss’ preteen daughter home, Marlon is ambushed and the wrong
girl is kidnapped. Suddenly the unassuming driver is propelled into a
horrifying downward spiral and, as events in his life unravel, Marlon, Chango,
and their families become entangled in a game of deceit and betrayal that will
leave no one innocent. In Tagalog with subtitles.
· JACKPOT (Arme Riddere), directed by Magnus Martens,
written by Jo Nesbø. (Norway) – International Premiere, Narrative. Terrified,
bloodied, and gripping a shotgun, Oscar Svendsen wakes up in what used to be a
respectable strip joint, surrounded by eight corpses and with a gun pointed at
him by a detective with the National Criminal Investigation Service. Naturally,
Oscar is taken into custody, and during his interrogation a bloody and darkly
comic story of betrayal, murder, and lottery winnings emerges—but is this the
whole story? In Norwegian with subtitles.
· RAT KING, directed and written by Petri Kotwica. (Finland)
– International Premiere, Narrative. Eighteen-year-old Juri spends his days
absorbed in his computer gaming world, to the exclusion of school, friends, and
ultimately his exasperated girlfriend. When his internet ally Niki turns up at
his door fearing for his life because of a mysterious new online game, Juri
eagerly follows him down the rabbit hole. In this taut, violent thriller, the
lines between reality and the game blur as Juri and Niki are drawn into its
increasingly morbid world. In Finnish with subtitles.
· REPLICAS, directed by Jeremy Regimbal, written by Josh
Close. (Canada) – World Premiere, Narrative. Following the tragic death of
their young daughter, the Hughes family decide to escape to their upscale
vacation home in the woods. But their attempt to get some quality time together
is violently interrupted when a neighboring family with a hidden agenda drops
by for dinner. First-time director Jeremy Regimbal builds tension to a
calculated and ultimately brutal crescendo in this home-invasion thriller.
Starring Selma Blair, Joshua Close, James D’Arcy, and Rachel Miner.
· REVENGE FOR JOLLY!, directed by Chadd Harbold, written by
Brian Petsos. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Harry (Brian Petsos) will stop
at nothing to avenge the death of his beloved dog, Jolly. He and his demented
cousin Cecil (Oscar Isaac) follow a series of clues in a frenzied attempt to
track down the dog’s murderer, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.
Elijah Wood, Kristen Wiig, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillippe, Gillian Jacobs, Bobby
Moynihan, Kevin Corrigan, David Rasche, Amy Siemetz, and Garret Dillahunt all
stand between Harry and revenge for Jolly.
· SLEEPLESS NIGHT (Nuit Blanche), directed by Frederic
Jardin, written by Frederic Jardin and Nicolas Saada. (France, Belgium,
Luxembourg) – New York Premiere, Narrative. Vincent is a dedicated police
officer, or so it seems. After he steals a massive bag of cocaine, his young
son winds up being held for ransom by the mob boss it belongs to. When Vincent
travels to the outskirts of Paris to trade the drugs for his son, he gets
caught in an intense cat-and-mouse game that quickly spirals out of control.
This night might not only be the longest of his life—it could be the last. A
Tribeca Film release.
And here’s what Cusumano had to tell Fango
FANGORIA: Cinemania, and midnight programs as a whole look
to promise and evoke a certain feeling. What does that feeling and rousing
excitement mean to you as a viewer when looking for perfect cinemania films?
CARA CUSUMANO: Cinemania films are all about adrenaline. Audiences want to be thrilled, or frightened, or overwhelmed in some way, and the
way to do that is to surprise them. With
every kind of film, I am always looking for something unexpected and unique,
but with genre films, in particular, there’s so much potential for creativity and
to really shock and affect viewers.
Something like EDDIE THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL is such a bizarre
premise, and then the film really surprises you with how that story plays out,
and in its almost cartoonish punctuations of violence. JACKPOT starts at a
pretty insane amplitude, and then manages to just keep escalating even
more. I love seeing how far audiences
can be pushed, and midnight audiences are the best because they want to be taken
to that extreme.
FANG: What separates these films and say, World Narrative
feature JACK AND DIANE?
CUSUMANO: We saw a lot of films this year that were using
genre in really innovative and special ways. As a horror fan, I was excited to see so much fluidity between genres,
and how works like JACK AND DIANE, or NANCY PLEASE or RUBBERNECK explore the
potential of horror and thriller tropes as tools in their storytelling. These films are not part of Cinemania,
largely because the festival doesn’t believe in ghettoizing genres only in a
midnight section, we premiered LET THE RIGHT ONE IN in our Narrative
Competition in 2008 for example. The
importance of having a distinct Cinemania section to me is less about separating
out a certain type of filmmaking, and more about creating a space to really
celebrate films and filmmakers that are committed to exploring genre in a more
holistic way, probing the limits and the potential of the form itself.
GRACELAND, for instance, is an underworld kidnapping thriller, REPLICAS is a
home-invasion drama. They can be summed up simply, yet they are so creative and
smart in how they work within those set genre parameters to craft something
rich and original.
FANG: Do you ever find it difficult discovering that quality
of a Cinemania movie when faced with watching it alone on a submission
CUSUMANO: It’s true, it’s very different to experience a
film at home alone or with a crowd at an event screening. I really love that I get to do it both ways—an intense and violent film like RAT KING will scare the pants off of me when I
watch it home in the dark by myself, and then I can’t wait to experience it
again with an audience. Some of the
wilder films really do demand to be seen with an audience. EDDIE and JACKPOT, for instance, will just be so much fun with a revved up midnight crowd. It’s a testament to the versatility of the
films themselves that they work in both contexts.
FANG: What do you think will surprise people most in this
year's lineup? Do you have a favorite?
CUSUMANO: The endings!
Even if they don’t have a twist ending, in the traditional sense, none of
these films are going where you think they are, and I hope viewers enjoy the ride
they’re being taken on. I’m energized
when I see how each film has taken a conventional premise or plot and then
reinvented it and reinvigorated it to craft something fresh and vital. There’s such inventive storytelling going on. I don’t think a single film in this lineup is quite what you think it is.
For more on Tribeca, head to its official site.
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