April 21 - May 2, 2010
Various Venues Manhattan
Frank J. Avella’s
Nine years ago after
the devastation of the World Trade Center Attacks,
Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatoff founded
the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to revitilize
lower Manhattan. The fest has gone from being a
somewhat exciting event chock filled with so-so
films other fests passed on to a veritable force
to be reckoned with in terms of its cinematic presentations.
Tribeca is now especially notable for New York City
The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
commences on Wednesday, April 21st and will run
through Sunday, May 2nd. This year 85 feature films
will be screened, a more manageable amount than
some of the previous years. In addition, 47 shorts
will be presented. These movies represent 38 countries
and boast 45 world premieres and seven international
premieres. The pics being screened were chosen from
a record total of 5,055 submissions.
The festival opens with the big
Hollywood premiere of Shrek Forever After,
the fourth and final (so they say) sequel to the
animated hit franchise—this one, of course,
is in 3-D.
Closing night provides
a more indy feel. From the docu-filmmakers of Super
Size Me, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the
Room and Why We Fight, comes Freakanomics,
based on the best-selling book and directed by Oscar
winner Alex Gibney.
In addition, the TFF will offer
the gala premiere of the highly anticipated Summit
film Letters to Juliet, directed by Gary
Winick and starring the ubiquitous Amanda Seyfried
and icon Vanessa Redgrave.
One of the things that makes Tribeca
a unique festival is that it breaks down its features
into sections that include Spotlight, Showcase,
Encounter and Discovery.
Some of the more anticipated and/or
interesting entries include:
Ondine: Academy Award®-winning
filmmaker Neil Jordan (The Crying Game)
weaves a visually arresting tale of a lone fisherman
(Colin Farrell) who pulls in the sweetest catch
of his life—a mermaid-like beauty. This stunning
film will challenge your senses and imagination
as fantasy and reality clash on the big screen.
Elvis & Madona: Directed
and written by Marcelo Laffitte. (Brazil)
The lives of a beautiful biker babe and a tall blonde
trannie intertwine in this vibrant Rio-set romantic
comedy. Elvis and Madona’s unlikely love will
help them chase their dreams and deal with the obstacles
that arise along the way. In Portuguese with English
The Woodmans: Directed
by C. Scott Willis. (USA, Italy, China) The
Woodmans paints an incisive portrait of a family
broken and then healed by its art. In English, Italian
with English subtitles.
Mat Whitecross (codirector of The Road to Guantanamo)
paints a stylized, ripsnorting portrait of mercurial
British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury (BAFTA nominee
Andy Serkis). From a troubled childhood and a battle
with debilitating polio to the effects of fame on
relationships and fatherhood, here are the highs
and lows of a life lived sneeringly, unapologetically
Carmel Winters composes a gripping psychological
drama about three generations of a family poised
to repeat the mistakes of the past. From the producers
of the Academy Award® winner Once.
Loose Cannons (Mine
Vaganti): Ferzan Ozpetek (Facing Windows,
A Perfect Day) sets this playful family
comedy in the deep south of Italy. Tomasso, a reluctant
soon-to-be-partner in his wealthy family’s
pasta business, has plans to come out—and
hopefully get out of his familial obligation. In
Italian with English subtitles.
Open House: directed
and written by Andrew Paquin. (USA) – World
Premiere. Brian Geraghty gives a haunting performance
as prim and taciturn David, forced for years to
watch over his sexually predatory partner Lila and
her violent urges.
William Vincent: directed
and written by Jay Anania. (USA) James Franco (Milk,
Spider-Man) stars in the story of William Vincent,
a quiet and peculiar criminal uninterested in the
fruits of crime.
documentarian Julia Bacha (Encounter Point, TFF
’06) captures with rawness and galvanizing
intensity the power of ordinary people to peaceably
fight for extraordinary changes. In Arabic, English,
Hebrew with English subtitles.
Into Eternity: Danish
filmmaker Michael Madsen ponders how to warn future
civilizations that the buried treasure of our nuclear
era—unlike the pyramids and great tombs of
pharaohs—must never, ever be discovered.
Sons of Perdition: directed
by Jennilyn Merten, Tyler Measom. This fascinating
documentary explores the heartbreaking losses and
hopeful determination of these exiles as they struggle
to make new lives in mainstream America.
Please Give is writer/director
Nicole Holofcener’s perceptive—and devastatingly
funny—take on modern life’s contradictions,
good intentions and shaky moral bearings. Starring
Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet and the fabulous Rebecca
Tickets for 2010 Festival will
be $16.00 for evening and weekend screenings and
$8.00 for daytime weekday and late night screenings.
Advance selection ticket packages are now on sale
and all advance packages can be purchased online
or by telephone, toll free, at (866) 941-FEST (3378).
Single ticket and discounted ticket
package sales begin for American Express Cardmembers
on April 13, 2010, for downtown residents on April
18, 2010, and for the general public on April 19,
2010. Single tickets can be purchased online, by
telephone, or at one of the Ticket Outlets, located
at the Tribeca Cinemas Ticket Window at 54 Varick
Street and an additional location to be determined.
The 2010 Festival will continue ticket discounts
for evening and weekend screenings for students,
seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents.
Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet
locations only. Discounted packages can only be
purchased online and by phone. Additional information
and further details on the Festival can be found