The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has added two more films to its feature lineup: a world premiere of Tony Kaye’s drama Detachment and a work-in-progress screening of Stephen C. Mitchell’s Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan, New York.


Detachment is the latest absorbing, multi-layered character study by Kaye (American History X), chronicling the intertwining lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students. Adrien Brody leads a star-studded cast that includes Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, James Caan, Marcia Gay Harden, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, William Petersen and Bryan Cranston. Talihina Sky is an energetic, behind-the-scenes look at the multiplatinum Kings of Leon, who had a remarkable rise from Pentecostal Southern roots to the top of the charts. Detachment will debut as part of the Spotlight section at TFF, while Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon is a special screening.

Detachment, directed by Tony Kaye, written by Carl Lund. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Director Tony Kaye creates a unique and stylized portrait of the American education system seen through the eyes of substitute teacher Henry Barthes. Henry wanders in and out of students’ lives, imparting knowledge where he can in the short time he has with them. Then a new assignment places him at a failing public school run by Principal Dearden and alters his insular world. Henry’s stoic front is slowly chipped away by three women who impact his view on life: a student, a fellow teacher, and a teenage runaway.

Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon, directed by Stephen C. Mitchell. (USA) – Work in Progress, Documentary. Who are Kings of Leon? This energetic, behind-the-scenes documentary provides some fascinating insight for fans and non-fans alike. Known now as an all-American rock-and-roll band with millions of fans around the world, Kings of Leon remind us that they will never forget their strict Pentecostal upbringing or rough-and-tumble backcountry roots. In fact, that may just be what makes them unstoppable.

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