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Teenage Angst Drama ‘Palo Alto’ Picked Up By Tribeca Films

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Tribeca Films have been acquiring and release some phenomenal films as of late and has me looking forward to the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. One of the new films they just picked up is based off of the short stories by James Franco Palo Alto. He along with Emma Roberts star in this film which is a daunting look at the high school landscape and the challenges a group of teenagers face. This the directorial debut of Gia Coppola who is Francis Ford Coppola’s granddaughter. The trailer looks very intriguing and I have it for you here with a synopsis an image from the film. Look for more on this soon as it should get a 2014 release.

Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts), torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach (James Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Jack Kilmer); Emily (Zoe Levin), who offers sexual favors to any boy to cross her path; and the increasingly dangerous exploits of Teddy and his best friend Fred (Nat Wolff), whose behavior may or may not be sociopathic. One of the strongest American directorial debuts of the past decade, Coppola's film has a palpable sense of time and place, but her characters — seeking cheap thrills and meaningful connections — could be teenagers from any generation.

From what I see from the trailer this film takes a hard cold look at the US Education system, more involving what's happening outside of the classroom. Palo Alto has an all star cast and critics are already raving about this film.


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