The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has chosen Tom Berninger’s Mistaken for Strangers, a tour documentary following Ohio rock band The National, to be the opening film of this year’s event.
The doc is executive produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry (If a Tree Falls…), and produced by Matt Berninger, Carin Besser and Craig Charland.
It follows The National on their biggest tour to date, and sees director Tom – the younger brother of the band’s lead singer Matt – creating “some drama for the band on the road,” according to the film’s billing. The premiere takes place on April 17 and will be followed by a special performance by The National.
“Mistaken for Strangers exemplifies the independent spirit and vitality that Tribeca is excited to showcase every year,” said TFF chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore in a statement.
“We are thrilled to open with a film that embodies the journey of an independent filmmaker, and is at its core a highly personal and lighthearted story about brotherly love. It will be a great night of both indie film and music.”
Singer Matt Berninger added: “We’re really happy to premiere this movie at Tribeca, as New York has been home to us for these past 15 years. I was happy to give my brother whatever access he needed. I just didn’t expect this movie to include shower scenes.”
The 12th TFF runs from April 17-28 in New York. The festival will announce its feature film slate on March 5 and 6.