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Three diverse films that Tribeca is bringing to audiences everywhere have been honored as critics’ picks on Criticwire’s mid-year report on the Best Indie Movies of 2012, published today on Indiewire. We think they are pretty great too!
“Like Die Hard meets 24 by way of Taken” (slashfilm), Sleepless Night is a frenetic French thriller that takes place over the course of one night in a labyrinthine nightclub. At its core is one father’s desperate attempt to save his son from a mob of drug-dealing gangsters. It’s as exciting as it sounds!
In Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story, director Raymond De Felitta revisits a civil rights documentary made by his father Frank in the 1960s. Using two families as parallel storylines, the intimate portrait raises the question: Over the past fifty years, how much progress has the South really made?
Side By Side takes a look at the current realities of digital filmmaking. Using firsthand interviews between producer Keanu Reeves and some of the most iconic directors of our time—Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, James Cameron, and Christopher Nolan among them—director Chris Keneally has “crafted a passionate and joyful celebration of why we go to the movies.”
So, how can you see these critics’ favorites? We’ve got some answers.
Top Theatrical Releases of 2012 (Rank: #1)
Top Foreign Language Features of 2012 (Rank: #1)
Director: Frédéric Jardin
Vincent is a dedicated police officer, or so it seems. After he steals a massive bag of cocaine, his young son winds up being held for ransom by the mob boss it belongs to. When Vincent travels to the outskirts of Paris to trade the drugs for his son, he gets caught in an intense cat-and-mouse game that quickly spirals out of control. This night might not only be the longest of his life—it could be the last.
Top Documentaries of 2012 (Rank: #1)
Top Festival Premieres of 2012 (Rank: #1)
Director: Raymond De Felitta
While filming a documentary on racism in Mississippi in 1965, Frank De Felitta forever changed the life of an African-American waiter and his family. More than 40 years later, Frank's son Raymond (director of City Island) returns to the site of his father's film to examine the repercussions of their fateful encounter. This intensely personal film about children struggling to understand their parents is also a heartbreaking portrait of the legacy of intolerance. The story will also be the subject of a hourlong Dateline episode on July 15.
Top Documentaries of 2012 (Rank: #7)
Top Festival Premieres of 2012 (Rank: #9)
Director: Chris Kenneally
Over the past two decades, digital technology has created a groundbreaking evolution in cinema, challenging film as the standard format for motion pictures. Through interviews with masters like Danny Boyle, James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Lars Von Trier, and many more, producer Keanu Reeves takes us on a tour of the past and future of the moviemaking process in this in-depth documentary.
Mark your calendar: Side By Side premieres on nationwide VOD on August 22!
Check out more great movies on Indiewire's list!