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MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS

USA, 2013 (MIFF 2013, Backbeat)

Director: Tom Berninger

"May be the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap." - Pitchfork

In 2010 indie darlings The National set out on a world tour on the back of their critically acclaimed album, High Violet. Joining them as a roadie was frontman Matt Berninger's younger brother Tom, a general layabout whose biggest previous achievements included directing a couple of ultra low-budget schlock horror flicks. But just as his penchant for not working threatens to get him fired, Tom decides he should probably film what's going on.

The result is Mistaken for Strangers, a mystifying, hilarious and very much improvised investigation of the relationship between these two extremely different brothers. Cross-cutting intimate live footage with a first-hand glimpse into the fraying bond between the two Berningers, Tom may have made the first anti-music music film: a rock concert-turned-tribute to the universal frustrations and joys of being related.

An Opening Night selection at the Tribeca Film Festival.

D Tom Berninger P Matt Berninger, Carin Besser, Craig Charland WS American Mary Productions TD DCP/2013


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