The 2022 Tribeca Film Festival has arrived. Back in-person for the first time since 2019, it's an exciting year for the festival, which kicked off June 8 and runs through June 19. For those who can't attend, they have an at-home program, called the "Tribeca at Home" platform that lets U.S. audiences enjoy a selection of films to be streamed online until June 26.
Filmmakers, stars, and fans alike will be gathering in New York City to screen a whopping 110 feature films from 150 filmmakers from 40 countries. Below, A.frame presents a guide to 15 of the must-see selections.
Letitia Wright (Black Panther) plays a young Nigerian immigrant fighting bureaucratic red tape to seek asylum in Ireland. There, she finds an ally in an employee at her residence home (Josh O'Connor), and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. The character study marks the third feature film from writer-director Frank Berry.
When to watch: Aisha has screenings on June 11, June 12 and June 18
All Man: The International Male Story
A standout of Tribeca's LGBTQ+ offerings, filmmakers Bryan Darling and Jesse Reed's cheeky doc looks back on the relationship between the infamous International Male catalog and the gay men who loved it. Matt Bomer narrates.
When to watch: All Man: The International Male Story has screenings on June 12, June 15 and June 16
The sophomore directorial effort from Katie Holmes, who also stars in this lockdown-centric romantic comedy. The film follows June (Holmes) a woman stuck in quarantine with a stranger, Charlie (Jim Sturgess), who she forms a close bond with, after they accidentally book the same AirBnb. It’s being called a "lockdown love story."
When to watch: Alone Together premieres June 14 and screens on June 15 and 16
This dark comedy follows a pretentious Economics professor (Peter Dinklage) at a university who attempts to buy an old widow's mansion for next to nothing. He soon realizes that his strategy is not as easy as he had initially thought. The film was directed by Paul Dektor and stars Danny Glover, Shirley MacLaine, and Matt Dillon.
When to watch: American Dreamer premieres June 11 and screens on June 14 and 17
Don't Make Me Go
John Cho puts the drama in dramedy playing a single dad who takes his reluctant teenage daughter (Mia Isaac) on a cross-country road trip after discovering he has a terminal disease. Hannah Marks directs from a screenplay by This Is Us scribe Vera Herbert, so be sure to BYO tissues.
When to watch: Don't Make Me Go premieres June 12 and screens on June 15 and June 19
Sarah Adina Smith, the filmmaker behind 2016's Buster's Mal Heart and last year's Birds of Paradise, returns to the festival scene with a cringe-comedy starring Anna Konkle and Jermaine Fowler as a couple attending a destination wedding. Things go south when one of them drops the bride and groom's baby in front of the entire wedding party.
When to watch: The Drop premieres June 11 and screens on June 12 and June 17
This Netflix documentary follows Jennifer Lopez on tour, behind-the-scenes and on stages around the world, from her Super Bowl Halftime show to President Biden's inauguration, detailing her influence, legacy, and challenges as a Latina woman in today's cultural landscape.
When to watch: Halftime premieres June 8, and streams on Netflix June 14
This closing night feature is a world premiere. It’s a documentary about Reverend Al Sharpton, a pastor and civil rights leader whose purpose was taken to new heights after the murder of George Floyd in 2020. It follows his journey of speaking up against racial injustice, from his early years in New York in the 1980s, until now. The film was directed by Josh Alexander.
When to watch: Loudmouth premieres June 19
Lynch / Oz
This doc draws a parallel between Victor Fleming’s 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and the influence it has on renowned American filmmaker, David Lynch (Mulholland Drive). The historic film is one of Lynch’s greatest obsessions, and looks at how it influences Lynch’s oeuvre, from his visual art, films, TV work and more. The film was written and directed by Alexandre O. Philippe.
When to watch: Lynch / Oz premieres June 9, with another screening June 17
Can a millionaire, an auteur director, a Hollywood heartthrob and a theatre legend come together to make the greatest movie ever made? That's the premise of this satire starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez from Argentinian directors Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat.
When to watch: Official Competition has screenings on June 14, June 15 and June 16
Rudy! A Documusical
This documentary follows the rise and fall of the politician, Rudy Giuliani, tracing his rise to fame as the former mayor of NYC all the way to his disastrous parking lot press conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping. Armed with a sense of humor, snarky showtunes and sharp commentary, the musical was written and directed by Jed Rothstein.
When to watch: Rudy! A Documusical premieres June 9, with an additional screening on June 17.
Somewhere in Queens
Ray Romano makes his directorial debut with this big-hearted comedy about a Queens couple (Romano and Laurie Metcalf) who take meddling to a new extreme in order to get their son an athletic scholarship to play college basketball. Sebastian Maniscalco and Jennifer Esposito also star.
When to watch: Somewhere in Queens premieres June 10 and screens on June 11 and June 17
This rom-com follows a space-obsessed man (Kyle Allen) who is granted the opportunity of a lifetime after being accepted into a Mars colonization program. However, not everything goes as planned after a woman (Alexandra Shipp) keeps him bound to planet earth. The movie was directed by Kyra Sedgwick, written by Rebecca Banner and stars Madeline Brewer, Carrie Preston, and Kevin Bacon.
When to watch: Space Oddity premieres June 12 and screens on June 16 and 18
Andrew Bujalski, father of mumblecore (Funny Ha Ha), oddball indie auteur (Support the Girls) and one-time Disney director (the 2019 live-action Lady and the Tramp), returns to his roots with this experimental anthology series starring Jason Schwartzman, Lili Taylor, Lennie James, and Molly Gordon.
When to watch: There There premieres June 10 and screens on June 11 and June 17
To The End
This documentary follows four women — three of which are climate activists — alongside New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as they rally against corporations and long-standing laws to fight for change, as part of the Green New Deal in Congress. The film follows them in tireless meetings, at protests and more, and was directed by Rachel Lears.
When to watch: To The End premieres June 12 and screens on June 15 and 17
By Nadja Sayej