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Norwegian gem ‘Before Snowfall’ competes in Best Narrative competition at Tribeca Film Festival

Screen cap from extraordinary Kazakh film ‘Harmony Lessons’

by Sam Juliano

The 12th Tribeca Film Festival launched on Thursday and for Lucille and I it was quite a hectic four day weekend mainly spent watching fifteen (15) feature films at the Claridge Chelsea Cinemas and the SVA on 23rd Street and at the AMV Village 7 on 11st Street and Third Avenue.  The annual event will continue through Sunday, guaranteeing in the neighborhood of 18 to 20 more films before all is said and done, if current projections pan out.  Seeing such a formidable number of films in a relatively limited time window requires a good deal of stamina and the ability to choose the films that in the end are the right ones.  There is some luck involved of course, but advance research and a familiarity with the kind of films that make Tribeca such a unique venue will increase the chances for a favorable outcome.

While I plan to post a comprehensive and film-specific round-up after the festival’s conclusion next week, I would still like to size up the first batch of movies seen over the event’s opening days.  As it is now two films from abroad, the Norwegian Before Snowfall and the Kazakh-German Harmony Lessons, both stark and harrowing films that are strangely beautiful and wrenching emotional works are the finest I have seen to this point.  The latter film, driven by a fascinating surreal context and ravishing visuals, is helmed by the young director Emir Raigazin, and came close to winning the prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival last year, while.  Similarly the strong narrative underpinning of  the strangest of ‘road’ movies, Before Snowfall, garnered the oft-arresting film a major Scandinavian award for it’s Kazakh-Norwegian director Hisham Zaman, who followed up the Sunday afternoon screening with a most engaging Q & A at the CCC. (more…)

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