As April comes to an end, it’s time once again for the annual New York tradition, the Tribeca Film Festival, a constantly-evolving event that gives tens of thousands of New Yorkers and out-of-towners a chance to see the premieres of new movies from a variety of indie, documentary and foreign filmmakers, as well as a first look at some of the movies coming out in the early summer. This year’s festival runs from April 24 through May 4, and unlike last year, all of the screenings will be held below 23rd Street plus the festival offers a unique fluctuating pricing system that offers half-price tickets for movies showing before 5pm on weekdays or after 11pm every day.
The Weinstein Company continues its tradition of having a strong film festival presence with a number of films that have been doing the rounds including Lou Reed’s “Berlin” (July 17), a concert film directed by recent Oscar nominee Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), John Crowley’s BOY A (July 23) starring Andrew Garfield as a juvenile offender released back into the world after 14 years, and the controversial Brazillian thriller “Elite Squad.”
“Boy A” is a fictional story starring Andrew Garfield (Lions for Lambs) as Jack. His involvement in the murder of another child means Jack, at 24, has spent most of his young life in juvenile prisons. Released from prison into an unrecognizable adult world, Jack is given a new name, new job, new home; a new life. But anonymity is both a blessing and a curse as Jack has to contend with not being able to tell the people he gets to know, and love, of his true past and the monstrous secret he must keep hidden.
The drama also stars acclaimed actor and director Peter Mullan (“The Magdalene Sisters,” “Children of Men”) as Terry, Jack’s care worker and the only person he can really trust.
Co-starring Shaun Evans (“Teachers”) and Katie Lyons (“Green Wing”), “Boy A” is based on the award-winning novel by Jonathan Trigell, has been adapted for the screen by writer Mark O’Rowe and is directed by John Crowley (“Pinter’s Celebration,” “Intermission”).
The film is set to be released on JULY 23, 2008 in selective theatres. Movie trailer and more information to follow shortly.