By MICHAEL GINGOLD
It’s a big day for New York City festival announcements; the lineup for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival has just come down, including a number of premiering scary movies. Read on for the details.
The Tribeca fest takes place April 18-29 at assorted Manhattan venues. The fright fare on the schedule includes a selection in the International Narrative Competition:
THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD (LA NUIT A DÉVORÉ LE MONDE), directed and written by Dominique Rocher (France; North American Premiere). Following one hell of a party, Sam wakes up to the worst-ever morning after—bloodstained walls, an empty apartment building and Parisian streets filled with the living dead. Even worse, he’s all alone. With Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani and Denis Lavant.
The following will be shown in the fest’s Midnight section:
7 STAGES TO ACHIEVE ETERNAL BLISS BY PASSING THROUGH THE GATEWAY CHOSEN BY THE HOLY STORSH, directed by Vivieno Caldinelli, written by Christopher Hewitson, Clayton Hewitson and Justin Jones (U.S.; World Premiere). Midwestern couple Claire and Paul are thrilled to find a great deal on an affordable Los Angeles apartment. But the rent is cheap for a reason: cult members keep breaking in at random to commit ritual suicide in their bathtub. With Kate Micucci, Sam Huntington, Dan Harmon, Taika Waititi and Mark McKinney.
BRAID, directed and written by Mitzi Peirone (U.S.; World Premiere). Two drug dealers on the lam seek refuge inside their mentally unstable friend’s mansion. But in order to stay, they have to participate in her elaborate, and increasingly dangerous, game of permanent make-believe. With Madeline Brewer, Imogen Waterhouse, Sarah Hay and Scott Cohen.
CARGO, directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, written by Yolanda Ramke (Australia; World Premiere). An infected father navigates a zombie-riddled Australian Outback with his infant daughter. Fortunately, he’s found an aboriginal community that may hold the disease’s cure. Unfortunately, he has only 48 hours to live. With Martin Freeman. A Netflix release.
THE DARK (pictured above), directed and written by Justin P. Lange (Austria; World Premiere). Undead and hating it, young flesheater Mina haunts the woods surrounding her childhood home. When she befriends a physically abused boy, she must figure out why, for once, she isn’t feeling homicidal. With Nadia Alexander, Toby Nichols and Karl Markovics.
YOU SHALL NOT SLEEP (NO DORMIRÁS), directed by Gustavo Hernandez, written by Juma Fodde (Argentina/Spain/Uruguay; International Premiere). A young actress joins an experimental play set inside an abandoned asylum. The objective is clear: The actors must stay awake for as long as possible. The hospital’s former residents, however, have different plans. With Belen Rueda, Eva de Dominici, Natalia de Molina, German Palacios Eugenia and Tobal Juan Guilera.
For tickets and more information, head over to the festival’s official website.