Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Preview: Alexandra Codina’s Monica and David

Monica and David

On April 21st, 2010, the 9th Annual Tribeca Film Festival will kick off it’s twelve days of festivities. Incredibly, our own Rudie Obias will be covering the festival as a full fledged member of the press, with all of the benefits that go along with it. We’re all really excited to bring you coverage of the various films that he sees, and we’re beginning by previewing some of the films that Tribeca has announced.

We’ll be posting reviews as the festival begins, but for now, we’ll introduce you to some by providing trailers, images, and plot synopses, to highlight some of the smaller films, that you might not have heard of.

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To kick off our previews, we’ve chosen a charming tale, of a couple in love. Alexandra Codina’s film Monica & David will be screening on April 24th, 25th, 27th, and 28th. For complete screening times, be sure to check out Tribeca’s complete film screening schedule.   You can follow the Monica & David Twitter Stream, or become a fan of the film on Facebook. I can’t wait to see this documentary come through Portland.

Monica and David are in love. Truly, blissfully in love. They also happen to have Down syndrome. Alexandra Codina’s affectionate and heartwarming documentary is an intimate, year-in-the-life portrait of two child-like spirits with adult desires. Supported (and, for more than 30 years, sheltered) by endlessly devoted mothers, Monica and David prepare for their fairy tale wedding and face the realities of married life afterward. Taking immense pride in their new roles as husband and wife, David wants to bring home the bacon, and Monica wants to fry it in the pan. They want babies of their own. But their unique circumstances still have them living with Monica’s mother and husband. How will this unique family face its challenges and move forward?

Image courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Trailer courtesy of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam