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2017 FILM GUIDE

SHOWING 15 RESULTS | FILMS IN THE SECTION 'SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE'
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THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Sophie Brooks
  • Country: USA
Zosia Mamet exhibits winsome charm as Diana, navigating the rite of passage of every single New Yorker: the search for an apartment. She seemingly finds a jewel of a home until realizing her downstairs neighbor is her ex whose heart she broke. Like a true New Yorker, she keeps the apartment. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Comedy, New York, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
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BUSTER'S MAL HEART

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Sarah Adina Smith
  • Country: USA
A fugitive hotly pursued by rangers reviews the pathway to his present circumstances and finds conflicting stories. A spellbinding Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) brings impressive range to Sarah Adina Smith’s sophomore feature: a twisting, mind-bending thriller in which the typical rules don’t apply, least of all to a man who cannot be certain of anything he’s done. | Read More
Female Director(s), Thriller, Experimental
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CHUCK

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Directed By: Philippe Falardeau
  • Country: USA
Chuck is the true story of Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber), the man who inspired the billion-dollar film series Rocky—a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali. Wepner suffered numerous losses, knockouts, and broken noses in his ten years in the ring, and lived an epic life of drugs, booze, and wild women outside of it. | Read More
Drama, Sports
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THE CLAPPER

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Directed By: Dito Montiel
  • Country: USA
Ed Helms stars as Eddie Krumble, a professional audience member who gains unwanted notoriety when a late-night talk show turns his life into a national obsession, threatening his budding relationship with gas station attendant Judy (Amanda Seyfried). Directed by Dito Montiel (Boulevard, Tribeca ‘14), The Clapper is a heartfelt comedy featuring Tracy Morgan, Adam Levine, Russell Peters, PJ Byrne, and appearances from Rob Gronkowski, Mark Cuban and the late Alan Thicke. | Read More
Comedy, NY Director(s), TFF Alumni
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DABKA

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 117 minutes
  • Directed By: Bryan Buckley
  • Country: USA
When rookie journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) has an inspiring chance encounter with his idol (Al Pacino), he uproots his life and moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer (Barkhad Abdi), he attempts to embed himself with the local Somali pirates, only to find himself quickly in over his head. Based on the true story of one reporter’s risk-taking adventure that ultimately brought the world an unprecedented first-person account of the pirates of Somalia. | Read More
Drama, TFF Alumni
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THE DINNER

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Directed By: Oren Moverman
  • Country: USA
Two brothers, congressman Stan and caustic former teacher Paul, are locked in sibling rivalry and are forced to come head to head over a dinner with their wives. As the two couples (Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall) sit down to dine, their dark family secrets are drudged on to the table along with the main course, in this adaptation of the Herman Koch bestseller. | Read More
Drama, New York, NY Director(s), Food
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LITERALLY, RIGHT BEFORE AARON

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Directed By: Ryan Eggold
  • Country: USA
Still reeling from his breakup with college sweetheart Allison (Cobie Smulders), Adam's (Justin Long) world is thrown into further chaos when he’s surprisingly invited to attend her wedding. Over a surreal weekend, he stumbles through a nightmarish rehearsal dinner and drinks his way through the reception as he thinks back on where it all went wrong with the one that got away. Ryan Eggold directs this refreshingly unconventional romantic comedy. | Read More
Drama, Comedy, First Time Filmmaker
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THE LOVERS

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Directed By: Azazel Jacobs
  • Country: USA
Years into a dispassionate marriage, a long-married couple, both seriously involved with other people, resolve to call it quits. To their surprise, their decision reignites a dormant spark that leads to an impulsive affair. Broadway legend Tracy Letts and the always-luminous Debra Winger shine in writer/director Azazel Jacob’s (Terri) latest. | Read More
Comedy
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MANIFESTO

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Directed By: Julian Rosefeldt
  • Country: Germany
All current art is fake. Nothing is original. These are some of the statements exposed in artist Julian Rosefeldt's stunning piece. Starring Cate Blanchett, we witness a series of vignettes which draw upon artist manifestos that question the true nature of art. A chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms in each segment like never before. | Read More
Experimental
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PERMISSION

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Directed By: Brian Crano
  • Country: USA
Anna (Rebecca Hall) and Will (Dan Stevens) are the definition of long-term monogamy, and with great careers, an impending marriage, and a potential new home, things couldn’t be better. But after a close friend’s joke about her non-existent sexual experience hits too close to home, Anna proposes to Will an experiment to broaden their horizons without sabotaging their relationship: to try an open relationship—together. | Read More
Drama

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