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Tribeca Film Festival Tip Sheet

A look at the festival's style-savvy films

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“Ultra Suede: In Search of Halston”

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“Gainsbourg Vie Héroïque”

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“Vidal Sassoon: The Movie”

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The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, and Burns’ film isn’t the only one that bears significance to the fashion set. Here, some highlights.


“Arias With a Twist: The Docufantasy”
Thierry Mugler is one of several night crawlers interviewed in this documentary about the explosive fashion, nightlife and art scene in Seventies downtown New York. Named after the era’s outré performance art duo Joey Arias and Basil Twist, the film features original footage of Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, David Bowie and Keith Haring.
Premiere: April 23 at Chelsea Clearview Cinema.

“Bastard”
After her short, “Welcome,” premiered at Sundance last year, Kirsten Dunst tapped pals Laura and Kate Mulleavy to design the costumes for her second directorial go-round — an offbeat, six-minute-long flick about a young couple’s stay at an isolated desert motel. Up-and-coming starlet Juno Temple and Eighties child actor Lucas Haas star.
Premiere: April 23 at Village East Cinema.

“Vidal Sassoon: The Movie”
The surprisingly compelling life story of Vidal Sassoon — who was brought up in a London orphanage and served in the Israeli army — as told by the hairstylist’s colleagues, friends, family and Sassoon himself. Produced by Bumble and bumble founder Michael Gordon, the film’s highlights include footage of a rap session between Sassoon and his longtime friend Mary Quant.
Premiere: April 23 at the SVA Theater.

“Gainsbourg Vie HeroIque”
Laetitia Casta takes on the role of Brigitte Bardot in this Serge Gainsbourg biopic, which is already a hit in France. Directed by comic book author Joann Sfar, the quirky film also features relative unknown Eric Elmosnino as the lead, Anna Mouglalis as singer-actress Juliette Gréco and British starlet Lucy Gordon as Gainsbourg’s muse and love interest, Jane Birkin. (In a tragic off-screen twist, Gordon committed suicide while the movie was in postproduction.)
Premiere: April 23 at Chelsea Clearview Cinema.

“Heartbreakers”
Vanessa Paradis teams up with dreamy indie actor Romain Duris for this romantic comedy about a man (Duris) who makes a living breaking up couples. The only thing rivaling Duris’ appeal is Paradis’ covetable shoe wardrobe.
Premiere: April 22 at Village East Cinema.

“Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston”
Anjelica Huston, Liza Minnelli, Diane von Furstenberg, Billy Joel, Pat Cleveland, André Leon Talley and Paul Wilmot discuss the dramatic rise and fall of the man who many consider to be America’s first celebrity fashion designer.
Premiere: April 30 at the SVA Theater. A discussion panel will follow the screening with director Whitney Sudler-Smith, Ralph Rucci, Talley, Cleveland and “Valentino: The Last Emperor” director Matt Tyrnauer, who will act as moderator.

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