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Tribeca Film Get Promiscuous with Jonathan Gurfinkel’s “S#x Acts”

Ultimately having direct access to the film festival findings helps facilitate future deals and here we find one more instance of Tribeca Film picking from its own gene pool with a 2013 showcased Tribeca Film Festival offering. The distrib’s head buyer Nick Savva has picked up distribution rights to Jonathan Gurfinkel’s teen drama and re-baptized as the more playfully codified S#x Acts. The film gets a theatrical release on October 25th.

Gist: Written by Rona Segel, Gili is a teenager who decides to change schools. She is determined to improve her lame social status. Over the course of a few weeks she hooks up with several different boys, all from her new school. Their encounters get more and more sexual, each time exploring their limits a little further. The boys are eager to take what is so generously offered, and Gili is thrilled with the attention.

Worth Noting: Lead actress Sivan Levy starred in Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette Inch’Allah – playing an Israeli armed border guard and bringing to the character a little more zest to what would ordinarily have been a facsimile of such types.

Do We Care?: Fan of the subgenre since Larry Clark gave us reason to worry back in 94’s Kids, Screen Daily reviewed the film late last year and gave the multiple Haifa International Film Festival winning Israel film cred — calling it both deliberately intense and claustrophobic.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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