Tribeca Film Festival 2014 preview – Joss Whedon set to unleash new drama In Your Eyes

Posted on 10 March 2014
By Craig Kell
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This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will feature a variety of independent work from young filmmakers, veteran writers and high-profile actors.

Beginning in April, the New York-based event will premiere a strong slate of innovative films from over 100 directors which include Oscar-winner Roman Polanski (Chinatown, The Pianist) and Marvel duo Joss Whedon (The Avengers) and Jon Faverau (Iron Man).

Polanski will be sending his adaptation of the play Venus in Furs to the festival while Whedon has written a new drama entitled In Your Eyes, which focuses on a mismatched couple.

Faverau reunites with his Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr as the pair unveil their new dark comedy Chef which co-stars Scarlett Johansson and Dustin Hoffman.

Former Friends actress Courtney Cox steps behind the camera for her directional debut, Just Before I Go, which stars Seann William Scott as a down-on-his-luck man who tries to turn his life around.

Other big-name stars whose films will be screened at the event include James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Katie Holmes, John Lithgow and Robin Williams.

The Spotlight section features 31 films, including 22 narratives and nine documentaries while twenty films in the selection will make their world premieres.

The Tribeca Film Festival will be running for eleven days starting on April 16th with the full slate of features being listed below:


5 to 7 – (DIRECTOR: Victor Levin, STARRING: Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Glenn Close, and Frank Langella)

About Alex (DIRECTOR: Jesse Zwick, STARRING: Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter, Nate Parker and Maggie Grace)

Alex of Venice (DIRECTOR: Chris Messina, STARRING: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Messina and Don Johnson)

All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State (DIRECTOR: Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper)

Boulevard (DIRECTOR: Dito Montiel, STARRING Robin Williams and Kathy Baker)

Bright Days Ahead (DIRECTOR: Marion Vernoux, STARRING: Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafitte, and Patrick Chesnais)

Chef (DIRECTOR: Jon Favreau, STARRING: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, and Amy Sedaris)

Every Secret Thing (DIRECTOR: Amy Berg, STARRING: Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning, and Nate Parker)

In Order of Disappearance (DIRECTOR: Hans Petter Moland, STARRING: Stellan Skarsgård)

In Your Eyes (DIRECTOR: Brin Hill, WRITER: Joss Whedon, STARRING: Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and Nikki Reed)

Just Before I Go (DIRECTOR: Courteney Cox, STARRING: Seann William Scott, Rob Riggle, Olivia Thirlby, and Garret Dillahunt)

Keep On Keepin’ On (DIRECTOR: Alan Hicks)

Life Partners (DIRECTOR: Susanna Fogel, STARRING: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Gabourey Sidibe, and Adam Brody)

Love is Strange (DIRECTOR: Ira Sachs, STARRING: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina)

Lucky Them (DIRECTOR: Megan Griffiths, STARRING: Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church)

Manos Sucias (DIRECTOR: Josef Wladyka, EXECUTIVE PRODUCED: Spike Lee)

Match (DIRECTOR: Stephen Belber, STARRING: Matthew Lillard and Carla Gugino)

Miss Meadows (DIRECTOR: Karen Leigh Hopkins, STARRING: Katie Holmes and James Badge Dale)

The Newburgh Sting (DIRECTOR: David Heilbroner and Kate Davis)

Night Moves (DIRECTOR: Kelly Reichardt, STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard)

The One I Love (DIRECTOR: Charlie McDowell, STARRING: Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss)

The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir (DIRECTOR: Mike Fleiss)

Palo Alto (DIRECTOR: Gia Coppola, STARRING: Emma Roberts and James Franco)

The Search for General Tso (DIRECTOR: Ian Cheney)

Silenced (DIRECTOR: James Spione)

Sister (DIRECTOR: David Lascher, STARRING: Barbara Hershey and Reid Scott)

Slaying the Badger (DIRECTOR: John Dower)

Super Duper Alice Cooper (DIRECTOR: Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen, and Sam Dunn)

Third Person (DIRECTOR: Paul Haggis, STARRING: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody and Maria Bello)

Venus in Fur (DIRECTOR: Roman Polanski, STARRING: Matthieu Almaric and Emmanuelle Seigner)


The Canal – directed and written by Ivan Kavanagh.

Der Samurai – directed and written by Till Kleinert.

Extraterrestrial – directed by Colin Minihan, written by The Vicious Brothers.

Indigenous – directed by Alastair Orr, written by Max Roberts.

Intramural – directed by Andrew Disney, written by Bradley Jackson.

Preservation – directed and written by Christopher Denham.

Zombeavers – directed and written by Jordan Rubin, co-written by Al Kaplan and Jon Kaplan.


Choose Your Own Documentary –Nathan Penlington, Fernando R. Gutierrez De Jesus, Nick Watson, and Sam Smaïl.

Circa 1948 – Stan Douglas with the NFB Digital Studio.

Clouds – Jonathan Minard, James George.

On a Human Scale – Matthew Carey.

Use of Force – Nonny de la Peña.


6 (DIRECTOR: Louie Psihoyos)

A Brony Tale (DIRECTOR: Brent Hodge)

Journey to the West (DIRECTOR: Tsai Ming Liang)

This Time Next Year (DIRECTOR: Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman)

True Son (DIRECTOR: Kevin Gordon)