Boys Like You

Boys Like You (2024)

There is an initial ambiguity to the title of Paul Holbrook’s latest short, Boys Like You, which he has co-written with its star, Lindsay Bennett-Thompson. For that middle word, ‘like’, could be either verb or preposition. Certainly the local boys liked June (Bennett-Thompson) when she was younger, and now, though living with her loving husband…

The Weekend

The Weekend (2024)

The Weekend had its world première at Tribeca 2024, 9 June 2024 Daniel Oriahi’s The Weekend opens, harrowingly, in medias res, with Luc Chezeta (Bucci Franklin) – bound, gagged and terrified – in a hut full of cultic paraphernalia, as he is bent over a stump to be beheaded. Just before the axe is seen…

She Loved Blossoms More

She Loved Blossoms More (2024)

She Loved Blossoms More had its world première at Tribeca 2024, 9 June 2024 Yannis Veslemes’ She Loved Blossoms More opens with an impressionistic montage. We see an elegant old Parisian house with statuary guarding its front door, a long-legged spider crawling across an old staticky television set, a reel-to-reel tape recorder on which Logo…

Beacon

Beacon (2024)

Beacon had its world première at Tribeca 2024, 8 Jun 2024 Beacon opens with Emily (Julia Goldani Telles) on the deck of her boat Winddancer, a little floating island surrounded by nothing but water. Emily is doing a to-camera piece about her six-month solo mission to circumnavigate the globe the old-fashioned way, with a sextant…

#AMFAD All My Friends Are Dead

#AMFAD: All My Friends Are Dead (2024)

#AMFAD: All My Friends Are Dead had its world première at Tribeca 2024, 8 June, and will be released in select theatres, on demand and on digital from 2 August.  Like Sarah Pirozek’s #Like (2019), Cho Il Hyung’s #Alive (#Saraitda, 2020) and Travis Bible’s #chadgetstheaxe (2023), the title of Marcus Dunstan’s feature comes with its…

The Devil's Bath

The Devil’s Bath (Des Teufels Bad) (2024)

The Devil’s Bath (Des Teufels Bad) had its international première at Tribeca, 8 June 2024 “I have committed a crime,” declares Ewa Schickin (Natalya Baranova), near the beginning of The Devil’s Bath (Des Teufels Bad). For shortly after taking a crying baby and dropping it over the edge of a waterfall, Ewa has surrendered herself…

Vulcanizadora

Vulcanizadora (2024)

Vulcanizadora had its world première at Tribeca 2024, 8 Jun 2024 “When I was a kid, I was digging in my backyard, and He was like way down there,” Marty Jackitansky (Joshua Burge) tells his friend Derek Skiba (Joel Potrykus), of a youthful encounter with God, or perhaps with the Devil, down in the hole….

Hunters On A White Field

Hunters On A White Field (Jakt) (2024)

Hunters On A White Field (Jakt) had its world première at Tribeca, 8 June 2024 Hunters On A White Field (Jakt) opens with the sound of a heartbeat, and a close-up of the skin on a neck, throbbing rhythmically, racing even, to its owner’s accelerating pulse. Alex (Ardalan Esmaili) is passenger in an open-top sports…

A Desert

A Desert (2024)

A Desert had its world première at Tribeca, 7 June 2024 A Desert opens in a cinema – not just the one in which perhaps you are watching it if you have not opted for home video or streaming, but in a closed-down, mothballed picture house whose plastic-wrapped interiors the professional photographer Alex Clark (Kai…

The A-Frame

The A-Frame (2024)

The A-Frame had its world première at Tribeca, 7 June 2024 The A-Frame opens with two sequences that seem unrelated, linked only by a shape. In the first impressionistic sequence, the camera tracks steadily towards a red-lit triangular device in a laboratory, as computer readouts of red text and multiple images of a man’s face…

The Damned

The Damned (2024)

The Damned had its world première at Tribeca 2024, 6 Jun 2024 It is midwinter on the Icelandic coast in the late nineteenth century, and food has become so scarce for the small crew manning a remote fishing station here that they have resorted to eating the fish reserved for bait. The helmsman Ragnar (Rory…