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Mistaken for Strangers
Mistaken for Strangers
Matt and Tom Berninger in Mistaken for Strangers

“Mistaken for Strangers,” a film directed by Tom Berninger, will open the 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2013. The director is also the subject of the film, which follows his journey as he goes on tour with his older brother, Matt Berninger, the lead singer of the Brooklyn-based band The National.

The Tribeca Film Festival, which will run through April 28, was founded by Robert De Niro and his producing partner Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2002 in the wake of 9/11 to help bring business and support to the community.

Here’s a description of “Mistaken for Strangers” from the release:

“Adrift in life and fueled by the desire to create, Tom Berninger accepts his brother’s offer to come on The National tour as a roadie and decides to chronicle his experiences with the band. Although Tom starts off with dreams of making a rock documentary (you can watch the portraits he made on each of the band members), a different story emerges as tensions among the band members lead to unforeseen drama. Following the band from Berlin to Paris to Los Angeles to a 2010 Obama rally in Madison, Wisconsin, ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ is not your typical road documentary.

This often-hilarious and poignant film (think “American Movie” meets “Dig!) offers audiences an intimate and humorous look into the very different lives of the two brothers against the backdrop of an international rock tour. Is Tom too self sabotaging to make his artistic aspirations come true? Can Matt stay patient enough with his frustrating little brother to help him finally finish something for once in his life?”

On opening night after the screening, The National — all of the band members appear in the film — will perform.

For Tribeca Film Festival tickets, click here. Check the site on March 5 and 6 when  the Festival’s feature film slate will be revealed in a two-part announcement.

Here’s the band performing the song that inspired the title of the film, live at Terminal 5:

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