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…

#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…

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…

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…