The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled parts of its 2017 edition, and among the lineup are two Nordic films.
In the International Narrative Competition is Finland’s Tom of Finland, directed by Dome Karukoski. The film is about Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, who returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with the persecution of the homosexual and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.
In the World Documentary Competition is the Danish/Israeli/US documentary Bobbi Jene, directed by Elvira Lind. The documentary is a love story, portraying the dilemmas and inevitable consequences of ambition. It is a film about a woman’s fight for independence, a woman trying to succeed with her own art in the extremely competitive world of dance.
The festival takes place between the 19th and 30th of April in Tribeca, a neighbourhood in lower Manhattan. The 2017 roster includes 78 world premieres, six international premieres, six North American premieres, two US premieres, and six New York premieres. Thirty-two films are directed by women.
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION
The Divine Order (Die Göttliche Ordnung) (Switzerland), dir Petra Volpe IP
Holy Air (Hawa Moqaddas) (Israel), dir Shady Srour
Ice Mother (Bába z Ledu) (Czech Republic-Slovakia-France), dir Bohdan Sláma
King Of Peking (China-USA-Australia), dir Sam Voutas
Newton (India), dir Amit V Masurkar NAP
Nobody’s Watching (Nadie Nos Mira) (Colombia-Argentina-Brazil-USA-Spain), dir Julia Solomonoff
November (Estonia), dir Rainer Sarnet IP
Sambá (Dominican Republic), dirs. Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas
Son Of Sofia (O Gios Tis Sofias) (Bulgaria-France-Greece), dir Elina Psykou
Tom Of Finland (Finland-Sweden-Denmark-Germany), dir Dome Karukoski IP.
WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Bobbi Jene (Denmark-Israel-USA), dir Elvira Lind
Copwatch (USA), dir Camilla Hall
The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson (USA), dir David France
The Departure (USA), dir Lana Wilson
No Man’s Land (USA), dir David Byars
The Reagan Show (USA), dirs Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill
A River Below (Colombia, USA), dir Mark Grieco
The Sensitives (USA), dir Drew Xanthopoulos
Shadowman (USA), dir Oren Jacoby
A Suitable Girl (USA, India), dirs Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana
True Conviction (USA), dir Jamie Meltzer
When God Sleeps (USA-Germany), dir Till Schauder.