Moshen Makhmalbaf's film The Gardner opened in New York this weekend. His films revolutionized Iranian cinema and he became world renowned as a master. Makhmalbaf is not a run-of-the-mill filmmaker, he believes that the art of cinema as a vehicle to change culture.
Over the years, Tribeca has had a hard time finding its voice in the film world. At times it seemed lost between overtly commercial selections and second-rate art-house films. Tribeca is still searching for its voice in the vast film festival market.
Israel has quickly become an entertainment powerhouse that has given us In Treatment and the original Homeland, along with the two marvelous films that made the NYFF. We eagerly await the latest from Ari Folman. His Waltz with Bashir was also distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.