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The Best Films to See on a Date at the Tribeca Film Festival

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before-midnight-ethan-hawke-julie-delpyHere in New York, we can live and die by a good film. For over ten years, the Tribeca Film Festival has been feeding our voracious need every April with hundreds of powerful features, documentaries, foreign films, and other works of cinema (not to mention panels with moviemakers and personalities, music showcases, and plenty upon plenty of parties).

With over 80 films this year (more than 50 of which are world premieres), and a packed calendar of events, screenings, and lectures, the festival can leave you more than a little bit daunted when it comes to deciding what to see. If you’re going with a date or a partner, it can add a whole new layer of pressure to make the right choice. Here are the top movie picks for couples, courtesy of Genna Terranova, the festival’s director of programming. (And if you’d like a curated festival experience planned just for you and your partner, check out our Ultimate Movie Date for couples, or enter to win a free package here.)

Before Midnight
Genna: “It speaks to coupledom and people meeting up after all these years who may or may not have had a relationship.”

Deep Powder
“It’s a love story about a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who falls in love with the rich schoolgirl. It has a bit more of an edge to it; they go on a cocaine run for their group of over-privileged kids.”

Greetings from Tim Buckley
“Not exactly a romance, but it will certainly appeal to the ladies. It’s a story about a musician and his father — for a straight couple, that could be interesting.”

Lil Bub & Friendz
“This is a light comedic documentary about an Internet cat who is born with disadvantages that make her very cute. It talks all about cat culture and it has a brisk running time — a great option if you want to grab a bite to eat and then see it.”

Just A Sigh (Le temps de l’aventure)
“This is more of a mature film, with Gabriel Byrne and Emmanuelle Devos. The story portrays s a beautiful relationship, and it shows how people connect and how interaction can build.”

Mistaken for Strangers
“This is a story about two brothers, one of whom is in The National. If you and your partner are into music, there’s a lot of hat-tipping to that world. It’s irreverent and funny and great for the thirty-something crowd. It highlights a time in life where so many people aren’t entirely sure what to do with their lives and haven’t found their way. There’s one moment in it where the older brother’s asking, ‘Hey did you ask out that girl?’ and he replies, ‘I don’t even have dishes.’ It captures that sentiment of trying to find someone when you don’t have your life together.”

Pretty One
“This has Jake Johnson and Zoe Kazan — it’s a fun quirky love story, great for a date night.”

Reaching for the Moon (Flores Raras)
“This is a beautiful, traditional love story about Elizabeth Bishop and her famous love affair with an architect.”

Run and Jump
“This one stars Will Forte. His character goes to help a family in need, and ends up falling in love with the wife — it’s very innocent and well done.”

Sunlight Jr.
“Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon pair up, and the film is about their struggles in a relationship — it’s a more raw and real look at relationships, with huge star power.”

Trust Me
“Amanda Peet stars with Sam Rockwell and William H. Macy in an L.A. story about a talent agent who represents kids. He’s down on his luck, but turns things around and ends up trying to win both the best talent and the girl.”

“This is for young couples, if they want more challenging documentaries. For people in their twenties and thirties, it’s a unique experience — a good choice for the couple who’s looking to be intellectually challenged but entertained in a different way.”

Dark Touch
“It’s for the couple that likes to be scared — the movie with a good amount of blood spill.

“Try this if you like sci-fi. At its heart, it’s a love story — and it’s not too violent or too extreme.”

Mr. Jones
“A good creepy option. The main characters go on a getaway to a remote cottage and discover that they’re not alone — an artist, Mr. Jones, is creating twig artwork that starts to drive the protagonist insane.”

Prince Avalanche
“This is a wonderful pairing of Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch — it’s about the fun and awkward relationship that they have (though it’s strictly platonic).”

Broken Circle Breakdown
“For that edgy couple that loves music and bluegrass. It’s about a bluegrass singer — it’s in Flemish — and if you’re into foreign films, this is a fun, intense, emotional journey about a couple facing very realistic crises in a relationship — a good pick for the more adventurous couple who really loves different types of filmmaking.”

“The letters stand for ‘Gay Best Friend’ — it’s sort of the new Mean Girls. Whoever’s cool has a gay best friend. It skews younger, but can work for all types of couples.”

Floating Skyscrapers (Płynące wieżowce)
“Polish, moody, sexy.” Need we say more?

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