Film buffs rejoice: the Tribeca Film Festival returns to various downtown venues April 23–May 4. The Festival’s mission focuses on assisting filmmakers in reaching the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promoting New York City as a major filmmaking center. This year’s highlights include Savage Grace, a daring dramatization of the disintegrating psyche of ’60s socialite Barbara Baekeland, starring a haunting Julianne Moore; and Squeezebox!, a pansexual rock-and-roll tribute to the legendary club where the Toilet Boys and Hedwig were born.
Step into a murky pool of adolescent desire and disenchantment with Water Lilies, a new film by director Celeine Sciamma opening in NYC April 4. With nothing better to do but look at the ceiling, three suburban Parisian girls share furtive glances, budding Sapphic desires and their first adolescent crushes against the backdrop of the local swimming pool and the competitive synchronized swimming team. Ultimately, love and the violence of desire erupt for the first time, bringing them together and tearing them apart. Emphatically imagined from a female perspective, Water Lilies delves into the mysterious world of teenage girls searching for distractions.