Mistaken For Strangers

New York’s Tribeca Film Festival is one of the world’s most interesting. Born of Robert de Niro’s love for the quarter of the city from which it takes its name, it never ceases to surprise and impress.  This year is no exception with a strong “musical” opening in ‘Mistaken For Strangers’, directed by young filmmaker Matt Berninger, brother of Tom, front man for Brooklyn-based indie rock band The National.  It all started when Tom was invited to film the band on their High Violet tour. The result is definitely not your usual “rockumentary”: it’s also an exploration of the meaning of live music and the relationship between the two brothers, one of whom is fast becoming a rock star.  That relationship is the film’s lynchpin, balanced between irony and strength of feeling, but ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ also provides an intimate glimpse behind the scenes of a band in transition from (relative) obscurity to stardom. The film will provide a great introduction for those unfamiliar with the group in advance of their forthcoming album ‘Trouble Will Find Me’, the recording of which is also glimpsed on film.

‘Trouble Will Find Me’ will soon be going on tour: June 5 in New York at the Brooklyn Centre, June 13 Montreal, Canada, Stage AE, June 14 Toronto, Yonge Dunndas Square. The National will also be guests at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, August 2 to 4, along with Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, and many more.

 

Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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