Tribeca Film Festival 2010: stories of people.

May 2, 2010 at 3:55 am Leave a comment

At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, my favorite movies were Metropia and L’Arnacoeur (The Heartbreaker). While the movies were very different, they both told the story of a man re-learning the “rules” of his everyday life and struggling to balance his own desires with the expectations surrounding him. They also both had a strong leading lady, great humor (especially L’Arnacoeur), and beautiful cinematography (especially Metropia) – all things I appreciate in narrative films.


the two main characters make a run for it in Metropia


The Heartbreaker practices his dance moves to help in his seduction

Of the other movies I saw, my least favorites (only in retrospect) were a couple experimental shorts that showed people in them but made no connection to them. Initially I suspected that I might have an unconscious bias against experimental film techniques, but then I remembered how much I loved John Thompson‘s black white black white, an experimental short made by two guys with an 8mm camera, a sheet of glass, and some mud. It definitely wasn’t narrative, but it was on an unwaveringly human scale.

Ultimately I’ve decided that the reason I love film is that it’s such a great medium for telling stories about people. On top of that, my favorite part of film festivals is getting to hear the directors, writers, actors, and producers tell their own stories about the films that they’ve made. Having that connection always makes the experience of the film so much richer.

May 2′s daily design idea is give your designs a human side.

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