Demetri Martin and Gillian Jacobs from "Dean" pose at the Tribeca Film Festival Getty Images Studio on April 16, 2016 in New York City.
Larry Busacca—2016 Getty Images
By Eliza Berman
April 27, 2016

Though the Tribeca Film Festival doesn’t necessarily attract the same all-night bidding wars as Sundance or the (sometimes controversial) high-heeled glamour of Cannes, it remains a reliable showcase for indie movies and documentaries. Though this year’s slate included a number of higher-profile films—the Kevin Spacey-Michael Shannon historical comedy Elvis & Nixon, Tom Hanks-starrer A Hologram for the King and Susan Sarandon vehicle The Meddler (all released April 22), as well as Jason Bateman’s sophomore directorial feature The Family Fang (April 29) and the Tom Hiddleston black comedy High-Rise (May 13)—it also delivered on directorial debuts, fresh voices and documentaries ranging from the deeply personal to the caustically political. Of the more than 150 films that screened at this year’s festival, here are the standouts you can expect to be hearing about.

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