The best thing about attending a film festival? No, it's not the chances of casually bumping into famous actors, actresses, and/or directors—it's the thrill of discovery. Aside from the one-to-two-paragraph plot summaries found in a festival's pocket guide, the new independent movies that populate a festival's lineup are largely mysteries; for the most part, the filmmakers are first-timers or relative unknowns, the casts are largely comprised of no-names with the potential to become household names, and the either vague or generic-sounding synopses do little to distinguish one character drama from the next quirky comedy or oddball midnight movie.
This year's Tribeca Film Festival—save for a few inclusions whose New York City screenings were prefaced by Sundance and/or SXSW showings—was no exception. By the fest's end, Complex saw a total of 24 films, many of which were middling, a few reasonably impressive, and a dime's worth that rocked the house. These are the 10 best movies Complex saw at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, and, as you'll see, Lower Manhattan's annual celebration of indie cinema introduced us to some promising newcomers from all around the world.
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