Strangers, AMC Village VII, 2 p.m.
It could be a setup for some sort of awesome romantic comedy: a man and woman lock eyes on a train while both traveling to Berlin for the World Cup finals before accidentally switching backpacks. But, of course, things get more complicated as the couple in question is an Israeli man, and the woman hails from Ramallah but has been living in Paris, trying to escape the daily terrorism that comes with life in the Palestinian territories. Brace yourself for relationship metaphor for political conflict! Directed by Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv. (Watch the trailer above.)
My Life Inside, Village East Cinema 3, 2:15 p.m.
Lucía Gajá’s documentary (making its North American premiere at the festival) tells the harrowing story of Rosa Jiménez, a girl who got herself to the United States from Mexico looking for a better life. She met a man and married him. She had a baby. But then several years later a 2-year-old boy she was baby-sitting died in her care, and she found herself in jail for two years in Austin awaiting trial for murder. Guess whether Mexican immigrants are treated fairly in jail in Texas! Sigh.
The Universe of Keith Haring, AMC Village VII, 6 p.m.
Another day, another documentary about an era-defining New York artist. The Universe of Keith Haring is a look into Haring’s life—from his days living in a tiny and conservative Pennsylvania town to the big time when he was the man on the downtown ’80s scene, hanging out with Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. Friends and family add anecdotes, but most will enjoy all the fun stuff about New York in the ’70s and ’80s.
Lake City, BMCC Tribeca PAC, 9:30
The good news about Lake City: Sissy Spacek is in it—and when is she not ever totally wonderful? The news that might make you go hmmm? So is Dave Matthews and he is playing a drug dealer. The movie is about a man (Troy Garity) and his son on the run, returning to his mother’s (Spacek) house in Virginia. Mother and son try to reconnect and heal a troubled, and somewhat haunted past.
The Cottage, Village East Cinema, 11:59 p.m.
Writer-director Paul Andrew Williams is in charge of this horror-comedy (Is this a new genre now? It sure seems to be) about a wimpy man who finds himself holding a gangster’s daughter hostage with his truly criminal brother (Andy Serkis, of Gollum fame). Everything seems to go wrong with their plan, and when their hostage escapes, they find even scarier things out in the woods. Oh, Brits.
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