Andrzej Fidyk—who made 1989's North Korea: The Parade, featuring 50,000 young people performing in Pyongyang Stadium—comes up with a head-scratching, though often fascinating, solution to the problem of representing the horrors of NK's concentration camps: Find a defector to South Korea who has been trained in the Communist country's spectacle-making and is willing to orchestrate a large-scale musical about the ongoing atrocities. Based on the testimony of former camp prisoners and guards, the resulting production displays several incongruous Andrew Lloyd Webber flourishes while remaining weirdly cathartic.
The premise of this faux-documentary by actor-director Maïwenn Le Besco (sister of actor-director Isild Le Besco)—a tortured actress (guess who?) makes a film about French divas—suggests that this might be the most insufferable movie in Tribeca. But the chance to see thesp legends Jeanne Balibar and Charlotte Rampling play versions of themselves is worth the risk.Making the Boys
Showing in conjunction with William Friedkin's 1970 film adaptation of The Boys in the Band (Mart Crowley's landmark play about self-loathing faggotry that opened Off-Broadway just a year before Stonewall), Crayton Robey's work-in-progress doc includes interviews with many of those involved in both the stage and screen versions. Perhaps most poignant will be the absence of many of the actors, all of whom reprised their stage roles in Friedkin's film—several died of AIDS in the '80s and '90s.Outrage
Kirby Dick, who uncovered the secretive proceedings of the MPAA in This Film Is Not Yet Rated, turns to an even more hypocritical coven: closeted lawmakers who support anti-LGBT legislation. Dick's doc promises to be incendiary stuff; let's just hope he doesn't rely on the spying gags deployed in This Film to uncover men's-room foot-tapping.
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