department oMusical Couples of All Kinds on the Bill at Tribeca Festival

The Bagger stuffs the red carpet gowns and self-referential moniker in the back of the closet as another awards season comes to an end, and leaves behind a few parting thoughts.

Tom Hooper, winner of the best director Oscar for The Kings Speech, gave a shout-out to his mother during his acceptance speech. She now corrects the record.

•&8220;Rid of Me,&8221; directed and written by James Westby. (USA) World Premiere, Narrative. When she moves to Portland, Oregon, Meris does her best to fit in with her husbands clique of old high school buddiesuntil she gets dumped. Her life trashed, she takes a job as a candy store clerk, opening unexpected worlds into the Northwest underground punk scene and Cambodian rock. A low budget is no barrier to creativity and cinematic innovation in this black comedy of embarrassments about sticking up for yourself no matter how messy.

, Music, New York City, featured,, Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, Swell Season, Tribeca Film Festival

•&8220;The Bully Project,&8221; directed by Lee Hirsch. (USA) World Premiere. More than 18 million young people in the U.S. will be bullied this year. This alarming documentary takes us into a disquieting year in the life of several students joining this staggering statistic. As teachers and parents struggle to find the answers, the students do what they can to survive a school day. Rare access and emotionally charged footage offer a never-before-seen exploration of Americas bullying crisis and a necessary call to action.

•&8220;The Miners Hymns,&8221; directed by Bill Morrison, written by Bill Morrison, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and David Metcalfe. (UK, USA) World Premiere, Documentary. Experimental filmmaker and frequent TFF alum Bill Morrison combines newly shot aerial scenes that he filmed himself with historic found-footage images of the mining communities of Northeast England that he culled from the British archives. Morrison creates a moving and formally elegant tribute to this vanished era of working-class life, enriched by an original score by the avant-garde Icelandic composer Jhann Jhannsson.

The Aspen Music Festival and School, a rite of passage for many of the nations leading musicians but an institution fraught with dissension in the recent past, has hired the conductor Robert Spano as its new music director.

•&8220;Cinema Komunisto,&8221; directed by Mila Turajlic. (Serbia) North American Premiere. For 32 years, Leka Konstantinovic was the personal film projectionist for Yugoslavian president and noted film enthusiast Josip Broz Tito. Comprised of interviews with Konstantinovic and other important figures in the brief but glowing history of Yugoslavian cinema, as well as archival clips from more than 60 films, Cinema Komunisto is a vibrant, scinating celebration of a film industryand a nationthat no longer exists. In Serbian with English subtitles.

•&8220;Jesus Henry Christ,&8221; directed and written by Dennis Lee. (USA) World Premiere. Precocious doesnt even begin to describe Henry James Hermin, a petri dish child who writes rabble-rousing manifestos on the nature of truth at age 10. This boy-genius misfits world turns upside down whento the dismay of the doting single mother who raised himhe embarks on a search for his biological ther. Toni Collette and Michael Sheen star alongside bright newcomers Jason Spevack and Samantha Weinstein in this charming comedy that beams with off-the-wall humor and visual flair.

•&8220;Love Always, Carolyn,&8221; directed by Maria Ramström and Malin Korkeasalo. (Sweden) World Premiere, Documentary. They say behind every great man is a great woman. Carolyn Cassady was behind two. Wife of beatnik icon Neal Cassady and lover-muse of Jack Kerouac, Carolyn saw her life story and the memory of the men she loved hijacked by mythmakers. Cassady is the intimate, graceful portrait of a patient matriarch who could never escape the constant wake of her husbands epic misadventures.

•&8220;The Kite&8221; (&8220;Patang&8221;), directed and written by Prashant Bhargava. (India, USA) North American Premiere. A mily saga set against the colorful spectacle of the Uttarayan, Indias largest kite festival, The Kite is a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of energy, romance, and turmoil. A businessman arrives in Ahmedabad for a surprise visit to his once grand mily home, bringing with him his daughter and some unexpected news for the milys future. Amongst the flurry of preparations and the energy of the festival itself, the transformative and intersecting tales of six characters unfold. In English, Hindi with English subtitles.

•&8220;The Carrier,&8221; directed by Maggie Betts. (USA) World Premiere. Young mother Mutinta is a Zambian subsistence rmer in a polygamous marriage who has just learned she is HIV positive. Newly pregnant, Mutinta does everything she can to protect her unborn baby while navigating complicated mily dynamics and village politics. Newcomer Maggie Betts sculpts a sensitive observational portrait of one womans struggle leading up to her newborns birth. In Tonga with English subtitles.

•&8220;Gone,&8221; directed by Gretchen Morning and John Morning. (USA) World Premiere, Documentary. What would you do if you got a call that your grown son had mysteriously vanished while living abroad? In this riveting, confessional documentary, retired New York cop Kathy Gilleran describes her heartrending journey. In her search for her missing gay son in Vienna, Austria, Gilleran encounters a homophobic police force, unexpected discrepancies in the investigation, and suspicious circumstances. This is her storya mothers determination to find truth or simply an answer.

The actor Bradley Cooper will be a team player in The Hangover Part II and a leading man in Limitless.

•&8220;Splinters,&8221; directed by Adam Pesce. (USA) World Premiere, Documentary. In the remote seaside village of Vanimo in Papua New Guinea, there are hardly any jobsbut there are infinite prime waves. Twenty years after the first board was introduced on the island, surfing has become a way of life. This spirited documentary, tinged by joyful music and scinating glimpses into a rare culture, follows four local surfers competing in the countrys first-ever national surfing championships in the hopes their surfboards will carry them to a better life. In English, Tok Pisen with English subtitles.

This year&8217;s Tribeca Film Festival is scheduled to run from April 20 through May 1, with an additional slate of films to be announced on March 14. Descriptions of the films that were announced on Monday, provided by the festival&8217;s organizers, appear below.

Documentaries on Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the Academy Award-winning musicians from the hit indie feature &8220;Once&8221; and the band the Swell Season, and Genesis P-Orridge, the gender-bending performance artist of the groups Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, are among the 44 feature-length films announced for the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday.

•&8220;Marathon Boy,&8221; directed by Gemma Atwal. (UK, USA, India) North American Premiere. Gemma Atwals scinating and dynamic epic follows Budhia, a four-year-old boy plucked from the slums of India and trained as a marathon prodigy by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life judo coach who runs an orphanage in the eastern state of Orissa. But over the next five years and dozens of marathons, Budhias roller-coaster journey turns from an uplifting story of promise and opportunity to one of greed, corruption, and broken dreams. In Oriya, English, Hindi with English subtitles.

•&8220;My Last Round&8221; (&8220;Mi ltimo Round&8221;), directed and written by Julio Jorquera. (Chile, Argentina) North American Premiere, Narrative. When successful boxer Octavio lls in love with kitchen hand Hugo, they move from their small-town homes in the south of Chile to capital city Santiago to protect their taboo relationship. But when Hugo feels unexpected desire for co-worker Jennifer, Octavio is left heartbroken and throws himself into a high-stakes boxing match against all odds. A handsome cast and evocative cinematography offer a y, subtle film that evokes hits like &8220;The Wrestler&8221; and &8220;Brokeback Mountain.&8221; In Spanish with English subtitles.

As part of an effort by Unicef to deliver clean drinking water to developing countries, celebrities will bottle tap water from their homes to be offered as prizes in a fund-raising sweepstakes.

•&8220;Koran by Heart,&8221; directed by Greg Barker. (USA, UK) World Premiere. The worlds preeminent Koran-recitation competition takes place each year in Cairo, drawing Muslim children from as r as Tajikistan and the Maldives to perform in front of a panel of prominent judges. Following these talented youngsters from their intense preparation regimes through the rigorous rounds of the tournament, &8220;Koran by Heart&8221; is both an inspirational competition film and an engaging survey of the unique experiences of Muslim children throughout the world. In Arabic, Dhivehi, English, Tajik, Wolof, Buck with English subtitles.

Anthony Tommasini explores the qualities that make a classical composer great, maybe even the best of all time.

•&8220;Blackthorn,&8221; directed by Mateo Gil, written by Miguel Barros. (Spain, France, Bolivia, USA) World Premiere. Legend has it notorious American outlaw Butch Cassidy was killed in Bolivia in 1908. Mateo Gils classic Western, however, finds Cassidy (Sam Shepard) 20 years later living on in hiding under the identity of James Blackthornand yearning for one last sight of home. Joining forces with a Spanish mine robber named Eduardo, Blackthorn sets out on one final adventure across the sublime landscape of the Bolivian frontier. In English, Spanish with English subtitles.

•&8220;She Monkeys&8221; (&8220;Apflickorna&8221;), directed by Lisa Aschan, written by Josefine Adolfsson and Lisa Aschan. (Sweden) North American Premiere. When 15-year-old Emma lands a competitive spot on the equestrian acrobatics team, she is taken under the wing of a pretty, slightly older teammate, Cassandra. The two begin an intense relationship where the rules of the game blur as psychological stakes get higher and higher. Lisa Aschans award-winning directorial debut explores the all-consuming world of teen female friendships through naturalistic direction, evocative imagery, and engrossing performances. In Swedish with English subtitles.

•&8220;Grey Matter&8221; (&8220;Matire Grise&8221;), directed and written by Kivu Ruhorahoza. (Rwanda, Australia) World Premiere. When his grant lls through a few days before production, a young filmmaker hides the bad news from his team and continues preparations on his film The Cycle of the Cockroach without financing or equipment. Reality blurs as scenes from the script suddenly begin to materializecan this film exist only in his dreams? Assured direction is bolstered by strong and creative visual imagery in one of Rwandas first feature-length narrative films. In Kinyarwanda, French with English subtitles.

•&8220;Jiro Dreams of Sushi,&8221; directed by David Gelb. (USA) North American Premiere. An appetizing documentary in every sense, &8220;Jiro Dreams of Sushi&8221; follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono, paying lushly photographed homage to the process of preparing the artisan sushi that earned Onos esteemed Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant three Michelin stars. From the complicated relationship between Jiro and his sons to the ins and outs of the tuna auction, this spirited film profiles all aspects of Jiros craft in tantalizing style and detail. In Japanese with English subtitles.

World Documentary Feature Competition

•&8220;The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye,&8221; directed by Marie Losier. (USA, France) New York Premiere, Documentary. Filmmaker and TFF alum Marie Losier, whdepartment oMusical Couples of All Kinds on the Bill at Tribeca Festivalo has created engaging short films on avant-garde artists like George Kuchar and Guy Maddin, makes her feature documentary debut with a mesmerizing and deeply romantic love story between pioneering musician and performance artist Genesis P-Orridge and soul mate Lady Jaye. Breaking new ground in its depiction of gender identity, Ballad chronicles the physical and spiritual merging of two beings into one.

•&8220;The Swell Season,&8221; directed by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, and Carlo Mirabella-Davis. (USA) World Premiere, Documentary. The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova when their songwriting collaboration in the film Once culminated in a jubilant Oscar win. But behind the scenes, where Glen and Mars on-screen romance became reality, a grueling two-year world tour threatens to fracture their ted bond. Gorgeously filmed in black and white, this music-filled documentary is an intimate look at the exhilaration and turmoil created by both love and me.

•&8220;Semper Fi: Always Faithful,&8221; directed by Rachel Libert adepartment of health eastern cape tendersnd Tony Hardmon. (USA) World Premiere. Iraq war veteran Jerry Ensmingers loyalty was always to the Marine Corps. But after his nine-year-old daughter died of a rare type of leukemia, Jerrys relentless search for answers leads to a shocking discovery exposing of the largest water contamination sites in U.S. history. Living by the Marine creed, this drill sergeant-turned-activist puts his own pain aside and takes on the top brass in an impassioned struggle for justice on behalf of his fellow soldiers and mily.

World Narrative Feature Competition

The Oscars telecast has been almost universally panned, with many scapegoats to go around, but so r only man has blamed the schoolchildren.

•&8220;Flowers of Evil&8221; (&8220;Fleurs du Mal&8221;), directed by David Dusa, written by David Dusa, Raphaëlle Maes, and Louise Molière. (France) North American Premiere, Narrative. Paris-Tehran. A rootless story of young love between Gecko, an Algerian-French hotel bellman and parkourer, and Anahita, an Iranian student forced to leave her country for her own safety after the controversial elections in 2009. Obsessed with tracking the political movement, Anahitas friends broadcast through YouTube and coordinate via Twitter. Romance and the Internet become the ground to explore histories lost and identity yet to be found. In French, Farsi with English subtitles.

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•&8220;Despicable Dick and Righteous Richard,&8221; directed by Joshua Neale. (UK) World Premiere. A recovering alcoholic from North Dakota, Richard finally musters the courage to complete the eighth and ninth steps of the 12-Step Program. With a list of everyone hes wrongedfrom ex-wives to ex-mistresses, abandoned children to slighted palsRichard tries to make amends. But has he really changed? Soulful folk music and rich characters bring levity and humor to an emotional story of redemption.

•&8220;NEDS,&8221; directed and written by Peter Mullan. (UK) US Premiere, Narrative. Directed by actor/director Peter Mullan (&8220;My Name Is Joe,&8221; &8220;The Magdalene Sisters&8221;), &8220;NEDS&8221; takes place in the gritty and savage world of 1970s Glasgow. On the brink of adolescence, John McGill is a bright and sensitive boy. Hes eager to learn and full of promise, but with no one willing to give him a chance, young John descends into a violent life of crime. &8220;NEDS&8221; is an intense and tragic portrayal of the loss of hope.

The Timess chief film critics debate whether movies are better or worse than ever, and invite you into the discussion.

•&8220;Romantics Anonymous&8221; (&8220;Les émotifs anonymes&8221;), directed by Jean-Pierre Amris, written by Jean-Pierre Améris and Philippe Blasband. (France, Belgium) International Premiere. Two pathologically shy neurotics connect through a love of chocolate in this delectably witty romantic comedy. For Angelique and Jean-Ren, the social world is one big emotional minefield best avoided. Shes a reclusive candymaker looking for a job, and he runs a chocolate ctory in dire need of her savant-like skill. Fate may bring them together, but theyll need to overcome their common fears to find iry-tale love. In French with English subtitles.

Mel Gibson was expected to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday afternoon to plead guilty to a misdemeanor account of abusing his ex-girlfriend.

•&8220;Give Up Tomorrow,&8221; directed by Michael Collins. (USA, UK) International Premiere. In 1997, Paco Larrañaga was arrested for the murder of two teenage sisters on a provincial island in the Philippines. Over the next 13 years, his case became the highest profile in the nations history, and the focal point in a r-reaching expos of gross miscarriage of justice. At once an engrossing murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and a stunning indictment of national corruption, &8220;Give Up Tomorrow&8221; is an enraging true crime chronicle. In English, Spanish, Tagalog with English subtitles.

•&8220;Magic Valley,&8221; directed and written by Jaffe Zinn. (USA) World Premiere, Narrative. As one warm October day unfolds, the sleepy town of Buhl, Idaho, will never be the same. A fish rmer finds his crop destroyed, a couple of kids are playing an unusual game in the sun-dappled fields, and after a wild party a sleepless teenager is harboring an awful secret. First-time director Jaffe Zinn presents an atmospheric picture of small-town life with a keen eye and assured hand.

For its first album in five years, Angles, the Strokes have embraced a newfound sense of group dynamics.

•&8220;The Journals of Musan&8221; (&8220;Musan Il-gi&8221;), directed by Park Jungbum. (South Korea) North American Premiere, Narrative. Park Jungbums stunning and much-lauded debut is the story of a North Korean defector forging a life in capitalist South Korea. As both director and actor, Park (assistant director of Lee Chang-dongs stirring Poetry) fully realizes a disarmingly beautiful vision of loneliness, disconnect, and ethical ambiguity in this story of a lost souls struggle to connect. In Korean with English subtitles.

•&8220;Gnarr,&8221; directed by Gaukur Úlrsson. (Iceland) International Premiere, Documentary. Youll never see politics the same after this raucous documentary. Following his countrys economic meltdown, acerbic Icelandic comedian Jon Gnarr launches his own political party, The Best Party. His platform? Free trips to Disneyland, more polar bears in the zoo, and refusing to work with anyone who doesnt watch The Wire. But when support for Gnarrs wacky mayoral bid surprisingly snowballs, what started out as a joke quickly captures the imagination of a nation desperate for a change. In Icelandic with English subtitles.


Tom Stoppard is preparing for a revival of his play Arcadia, which opens on Broadway at the Barrymore Theater.

•&8220;Bombay Beach,&8221; directed by Alma Harel. (USA, Israel) North American Premiere. The rusting relic of a iled 1960s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren California landscape and symbol of the ilure of the American dream. Using a stylized amalgam of cinema verit and choreographed dance, Bombay Beach revisits this poetically fruitful terrain to find a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet creating a moving, distinctive, and slightly surreal documentary experience.

•&8220;Cairo Exit&8221; (&8220;El Korough&8221;), directed by Hesham Issawi, written by Hesham Issawi and Amal Afify. (Egypt, United Arab Emirates) International Premiere. When 18-year-old Amal becomes pregnant, she struggles with the choice between absconding to Greece with her beloved Muslim boyfriend and staying in Cairo with her Coptic Orthodox Christian mily. But when her motorbike gets stolen and shes fired from her job, Amal must reevaluate her future options as an unmarried young mother in Egypt. In Arabic with English subtitles.

Major networks are sending their A-list anchors to Japan, after scrambling to provide coverage in the early hours after Fridays 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

•&8220;Maria My Love,&8221; directed and written by Jasmine McGlade Chazelle. (USA) World Premiere, Narrative. Disoriented by her mothers death and resentful of her thers mistakes, a twentysomething woman leaves Santa Barbara for Los Angeles to reconnect with her half-sister. Inspired by a new romance, she decides to help others through volunteer work, but soon gets entangled in an emotionally complex situation revealing more about herself than she might be ready for. Judy Marte (Raising Victor Vargas) and Karen Black star.

•&8220;Love During Wartime,&8221; directed and written by Gabriella Bier. (Sweden) North American Premiere. Jasmin and Assi are newlyweds, but building a life together seems impossible: Shes an Israeli, hes a Palestinian. When their homelands turn their backs on them, they choose to live in exile. This tender tale of a love infiltrated by politics follows a real-life Romeo and Juliet on their odyssey from the Middle East through an inhospitable Europe. As their hopes rise and then de with each bureaucratic hurdle, will their love survive? In Hebrew, Arabic, English, German with English subtitles.

•&8220;Black Butterflies,&8221; directed by Paula van der Oest, written by Greg Latter. (Germany, Netherlands, South Africa) International Premiere. Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africas Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten, Black Book) finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy afirs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her government- ther (Rutger Hauer), the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter her lifes course. In English.

department oMusical Couples of All Kinds on the Bill at Tribeca Festival,This year, the Tribeca organizers said, the festival&8217;s Viewpoints program will include &8220;The Swell Season,&8221; a documentary by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, and Carlo Mirabella-Davis, chronicling Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglova during the dissolution of their romantic relationship while on a two-year world tour. The lineup for that film program also features &8220;The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye,&8221; directed by Marie Losier, which documents the love story between Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye Breyer, whose physical features Genesis P-Orridge duplicated through cross-dressing and plastic surgery.

•&8220;Artificial Paradises&8221; (&8220;Paraísos Artificiales&8221;), directed by Yulene Olaizola, written by Yulene Olaizola and Fernando del Razo. (Mexico) North American Premiere. This beautifully rendered atmospheric story captures a young woman addicted to heroin trying to get clean at a rundown resort on the Mexican Gulf Coast. There she meets a local character and the two begin a unique rapport. First-time narrative filmmaker Yulene Olaizola subverts the conventional addict story and imbues her main characters with a complexity and honesty that inspires this delicate and resonant journey of two old souls. In Spanish with English subtitles.

•&8220;White, White World&8221; (&8220;Beli, beli svet&8221;), directed by Oleg Novkovic, written by Milena Markovic. (Serbia, Germany, Sweden) North American Premiere, Narrative. In this beautiful and brutal drama, King, a handsome boxer-turned-barman lls for Vita, a fiery and untamable beauty in the decaying Serbian town of Bor. Their love triggers a series of events that drive the many residents of Bor inexorably toward a teful and moving finale. Reminiscent of classical Greek theater, White, White World is an epic musical tragedy staged against the stark landscape of a small, crumbling mining town. In Serbian with English subtitles.

•&8220;Angels Crest,&8221; directed by Gaby Dellal, written by Catherine Trieschmann. (UK, Canada) World Premiere. In the working-class Rocky Mountain town of Angels Crest, young ther Ethan (Thomas Dekker) is doing his best to raise his 3-year-old son Nate. He has no choiceNates mother (Lynn Collins) is an alcoholic. But one snowy day Ethans momentary lapse in judgment results in tragedy, catapulting the towns tight-knit community into strange new directions as they try to decide where the blame lies. With Jeremy Piven, Elizabeth McGovern, Mira Sorvino, and Kate Walsh.

•&8220;Turn me on, goddammit&8221; (&8220;Få meg på, for en&8221;), directed and written by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen. (Norway) World Premiere. Alma is a small-town teenager with an active imagination and an even more active libido. After a titillating but awkward encounter with school heartthrob Artur turns her into a social outcast, Alma is desperate to move out of town and on with her life. Turn me on, goddammit is an offbeat coming-of-age comedy with a deadpan sense of humor, enlivened by its rich sense of ntasy and frank but sweet approach to teen uality. In Norwegian with English subtitles.

•&8220;Our School&8221; (&8220;Scoala Noastra&8221;), directed by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma. (USA, Switzerland) North American Premiere. &8220;Our School&8221; follows three Roma (commonly known as Gypsy) children in a rural Transylvanian village who are among the pioneer participants in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools. Touching on issues ranging from institutionalized prejudice, public education, and the intractability of poverty, but always firmly rooted in the hypnotic rhythms and profound reality of the Roma community, &8220;Our School&8221; is a deeply affecting, often infuriating, and ultimately bittersweet story of tradition and progress. In Romanian with English subtitles.

•&8220;Lotus Eaters,&8221; directed by Alexandra McGuinness, written by Alexandra McGuinness and Brendan Grant. (UK) World Premiere, Narrative. The bright young things of Londons social elite lead an existence as languorous and lavish as it is self-destructive. At the center is Alice, a stunning ex-model unable to keep up with the high standards of living her peers feverishly chase. Alexandra McGuinness directorial debut presents a contemporary black-and-white portrait of overlapping cliques of friends struggling to get their lives under control before they ll numb to it all.

•&8220;Treatment,&8221; directed by Steven Schardt and Sean Nelson, written by Sean Nelson. (USA) World Premiere, Narrative. When Leonard convinces his best friend Nelson to bankroll his stint at a glitzy L.A. rehab clinic so he can pitch a movie idea to mega-star Gregg D, his blind ambition begins to consume him. The producing team behind Humpday returns with this witty, ridiculous, and sincere tale of co-dependent friendship on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Indie darlings Joshua Leonard, Sean Nelson, and Ross Partridge star.

•&8220;Stuck Between Stations,&8221; directed by Brady Kiernan, written by Nat Bennett and Sam Rosen. (USA) World Premiere. Casper, a young soldier home on leave, has a chance run-in with his childhood crush, now a grad student coping with conflicts of her own. In one night, the two traverse a striking Minneapolis cityscape, growing closer but knowing they will inevitably have to part ways at dawn. Featuring standout performances by rising indie stars Zoe Lister-Jones and Sam Rosen, and supported by cameos from Josh Hartnett and Michael Imperioli, Stuck Between Stations is a touching and authentic snapshot of a generational zeitgeist.

•&8220;The Good Life&8221; (&8220;Det gode liv&8221;), directed by Eva Mulvad. (Denmark) North American Premiere, Documentary. How do you cope with being broke after having lived a life of luxury and privilege? This is the fundamental question cing spoiled Anne Mette and her mother, a once-rich mily now living off a small pension and struggling to adapt to their new situation in a coastal Portuguese hamlet. A Grey Gardens for the current financial era, &8220;The Good Life&8221; is a character study at turns touching and frustrating, but ultimately poignant. In English, Danish, Portuguese with English subtitles.

•&8220;The Last Rites of Joe May,&8221; directed and written by Joe Maggio. (USA) World Premiere. Small-time Chicago hustler Joe May (the incomparable Dennis Farina) always felt like a great destiny awaited him, but with his health ailing and his age advancing, hes never looked more like a bum. Broke and evicted, hes taken in by a troubled young mother and daughter, in whom he finds one last shot to be a hero. Pulsing with the spirit of classic urban dramas, The Last Rites of Joe May is a subtle, sophisticated tale of redemption.

The mily of the Metropolitan Opera bass Cesare Siepi is holding a celebration of his life at the Bruno Walter Auditorium on Saturday.

•&8220;Donor Unknown,&8221; directed by Jerry Rothwell. (UK) North American Premiere, Documentary. JoEllen Marsh grew up knowing her ther only as Donor 150. As one of the first generation of test-tube babies, she yearns for connection with potential siblings, and turns to the Internet to track them down. As JoEllen slowly broadens her mily tree, in the process she forges a scinatingly modern model of mily. After connecting with dozens of siblings across the country, JoEllen decides its finally time to seek out Donor 150.

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