Tribeca 2014: ‘Black Coal,’ Dior doc set for festival premieres

"Black Coal, Thin Ice" star Fan Liao, left, holds the Silver Bear for best actor, and director Yinan Diao has the Golden Bear award for best film at the Berlin Film Festival.
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Golden Bear winner “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” a Sam Rockwell-Marisa Tomei dramedy and a documentary about the legacy of Christian Dior will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival when it kicks off next month, organizers announced Tuesday.

“Black Coal,” Diao Yinan’s Mandarin-language film, is a China-set noir about a mysterious set of murders and the defrocked cop who sets out to solve them. The movie, which has just been announced for a China release slot, won the top prize -- the Golden Bear -- at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Silver Bear for actor Liao Fan.

Meanwhile, Tribeca will see the world premiere of “Loitering With intent,” theater-world crossover Adam Rapp’s film about screenwriting and family that stars Tomei and Rockwell.

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And “Dior and I,” from French director Frédéric Tcheng, examines the House of Christian Dior, offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s most renowned fashion brands.


The festival, which is set to announce other batches of titles from its 87-movie slate in the coming weeks, will also showcase a number of American indies, organizers said, including, “Goodbye to All That,” a directorial effort from “Junebug” screenwriter Angus MacLachlan; “X/Y,” Ryan Piers Williams’ romantic drama starring Amber Tamblyn and “Fruitvale Station” breakout Melonie Diaz; and Lou Howe’s “Gabriel,” about a young man (Rory Culkin), who becomes obsessed with his ex.

Also making a North American premiere on the feature end is “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq,” Guillaume Nicloux’s French-language movie imagining an alternate-reality take on the acclaimed novelist that stars the writer himself.

World premiering on the documentary side are Jody Lee Lipes’ “Ballet 422,” a fly-on-the-wall film about the New York City Ballet as it attempts to stage a new piece; “Famous Nathan,” a look at the renowned hot-dog stand by one of the descendants of its founder; and doc-world darling Marshall Curry’s new film “Point and Shoot,” about Baltimore native Matthew VanDyke, who came to join the Libyan revolution.

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“These movies,” said artistic director Frederic Boyer, are “variously inspired by individual interests and experience and driven by an intense sensibility of style.” He added, “The range of American subcultures and international genres represented here are both eclectic and wide reaching.”

Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, Tribeca has in the past world premiered films such as “City Island” and “Let the Right One In,” which went on to become specialty breakouts.

Tribeca kicks off April 16 in New York with the world premiere of Nas documentary “Time Is Illmatic.”


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