Tribeca adds to Canadian slate with off-competition picks

Take This Waltz (pictured) and Replicas have been booked into the fest's Spotlight and Cinemania sections.

The Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday booked the Canadian titles Take This Waltz and Replicas into its off-competition Spotlight and Cinemania sections.

The France-Canada co-production A Better Life (Une Vie Meilleure) and Denmark-Canada co-production Eddie – The Sleepwalking Cannibal also received Tribeca berths.

“We have films from emerging filmmakers as well as seasoned veterans, narratives that showcase stellar performances and insightful writing, and documentaries that challenge and inform their audiences,” said Frédéric Boyer, newly appointed artistic director of the Tribeca Film Festival, of the Spotlight program in a statement.

“With Cinemania, our selections demonstrate the imagination and resourcefulness of filmmakers from around the world who push the boundaries of genre in order to entertain, thrill, and engage,” he added.

Take this Waltz and A Better Life (Une Vie Meilleure) will both receive their U.S. bows in the Spotlight program.

Writer-director Sarah Polley’s Waltz, starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and follows her directorial debut Away from Her. Magnolia is releasing the film in the U.S.

And Replicas, directed by first-timer Jeremy Regimbal and written by John Close, will have its world premiere at Tribeca in the Cinemania section.

Replicas, about a cottage vacation violently interrupted by a family on a murderous identity-stealing journey, stars Selma Blair, Joshua Close, James D’Arcy and Rachel Miner.

The Canadian picture is produced by Vancouver-based The Studio Movement Entertainment and Sepia Films.

A Better Life, from director Cèdric Kahn, and co-written with Catherine Paillé, will bow in the Spotlight program in New York City.

The French-language picture is executive produced by Kristina Larsen of France’s Les Films Du Lendemain, and will be distributed in Canada by Alliance Films.

Rounding out the Canadian contingent at Tribeca is Eddie – The Sleepwalking Cannibal, written and directed by Boris Rodriguez and produced by Ottawa-based Quiet Revolution Pictures and Denmark’s Fridthjof Productions.

Eddie will receive its North American bow at Tribeca, which is set to run from April 18 to 29 in New York City.

With files from Etan Vlessing