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Although it’s only been around since 2002, the Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the heavyweights in the film world, thanks in no small part to cofounder Robert De Niro. (He and his longtime colleague, Jane Rosenthal, along with her husband, philanthropist Craig Hatkoff, started the festival as a way to revitalize lower Manhattan after 9/11.) Now, in addition to independent feature and short films, both narrative and documentary, and television productions, the festival, which this year runs April 18–29, casts an even wider net, including virtual reality storytelling and interactive gaming. Still, some of the presentations we’re most looking forward to are the traditional, good-old-movie kind. Like these:

The Exception: We’ve been wondering how Lady Rose has been occupying herself since Downton Abbey closed down. Now we know: Actress Lily James plays a young Dutch woman working for the exiled Kaiser during World War II—but is that all she is? We suspect not.

tribeca film festival 2017Jai Courtney as Capt. Stefan Brandt and Lily James as Mieke de Jong in THE EXCEPTION. Photographer: Roman Osin.

The Circle: Another young woman (Emma Watson) working in a place where all may not be as it seems. This time, though, the time is now, and the place is…Google? Facebook? Apple? The charismatic CEO (played by Tom Hanks) is certainly reminiscent of Steve Jobs.

tribeca film festival 2017Emma Watson stars in STX Entertainment’s THE CIRCLE. Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Photo courtesy of STX Entertainment.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story: Meet the glamorous film star with a Plan B: invent a frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology that helped make Wi-Fi and Bluetooth possible.

tribeca film festival 2017Hedy Lamarr in “Ziegfeld Girl” 1941. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.

And, in celebration of The Godfather’s 45th anniversary, a marathon screening of Parts 1 and 2. Look for Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, and, of course, Mr. De Niro.

tribeca film festival 2017Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival

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