Film-Forward

Rob Book in Untouchable (Eric Phillips-Horst)

Tribeca 2016 Award Winners

The following films illustrate the range of the festival. They are four different examples of how filmmakers handle difficult subject matter (whether it’s hard to comprehend or hard to stomach).

Fireworks Wednesday

Fireworks

Asghar Farhadi reminds us of how, ultimately, there are countless external factors that determine and alter our lives that we have no control over.

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt, subject of VIta Activa: The Spirit of  Hannah Arendt (Zeitgeist Films)

Israeli director Ada Ushpiz applies the argument that “the personal is political” to Hannah Arendt’s life to understand her perceptions and to provide context for the controversy over Eichmann in Jerusalem.

The First Monday in May

Curator Andrew Bolton making an adjustment in The First Monday in May (Magnolia Pictures)

The documentary depicts the Met’s Costume Institute striking a decisive blow against bluenoses, rubbing out the line between fashion and art in a blaze of celebrity, hype, and money.

The Family Fang

Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman in The Family Fang (Starz Digital)

The Family Fang rises above standard family dysfunction fare and is fearless about pursuing some of its darker themes to the fullest.

L’Attesa (The Wait)

Lou de Laâge, left, and Juliette Binoche in L'Attesa (The Wait) (Alberto Novelli/Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Cinematographer Francesco di Giacomo never lets an amazing shot go to waste, whether in sumptuous interiors or starkly beautiful landscapes. He is a master of chiaroscuro, rich texture, and, above all, framing.

Viva

Jorge Perugorría, left, and Héctor Medina in Viva (Magnolia Pictures)

The film takes measure of what kindness and love for our fellow human beings can do in life, even where brassy, loudmouth drag queens are concerned.

The American Side

Camilla Belle in The American Side

In many ways, The American Side has it all—crackling wit, crazy science, and dames as wicked as they are beautiful.

Drones, a Family Secret, Sam Neill, and “Don’t Think Twice” | Tribeca

The improv group in happier times in Don't Think Twice (Tribeca Film Festival)

In this roundup: the powerful, timely National Bird; Memories of a Penitent Heart, an intimate family portrait and a mystery; Sam Neill as a crusty old codger; and the charming, low-key Don’t Think Twice.

A Hologram for the King

Tom Hanks in A Hologram for the King (Roadside Attractions)

This coming-of-middle-age film gives us a hero who has nothing and plops him in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert. It becomes a subtle examination of aging and alienation that isn’t afraid to laugh at itself.