If you are in New York City and are a movie-buff, you may consider paying a visit to the Tribeca Film Festival.
The Festival was founded a decade ago by Jane Rosenthal and her producing partner, Robert De Niro. Since its foundation, the Tribeca Film Festival has tried on many identities. It’s attempted to become a hot spot for sports movies, narrative documentaries, music-themed films and genre flicks, to name just a few.
But this year, the festival—which kicked off last Wednesday night in Manhattan and runs through April 29—is assuming a more unlikely role: as a prime venue to discover international films.
The most prominent world-cinema gathering, of course, takes place 4,000 miles (and four weeks) away in Cannes, France. But thanks to the hiring of Frederic Boyer, a longtime Cannes Film Festival programmer, and a renewed focus on foreign directors, Tribeca this year will showcase an especially wide range of internationally flavored titles.
“We’ve always tried to have a diverse international lineup,” said Rosenthal, “but the program this year is definitely stronger.”