Tribeca Film Festival showcases eclectic mix of directors, films

Thu Mar 7, 2013 10:45am EST
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Tribeca Film Festival opens next month with 89 feature films from new and established directors, ranging from hard-hitting documentaries to romantic and teen comedies and gripping dramas.

More than 6,000 films from 30 countries were submitted to this year's festival, which was established more than a decade ago to revitalize the New York neighborhood devastated by the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Along with the 34 documentaries and 55 narrative feature films, the festival that runs from April 17 to 28 will include five projects in a new section called Storyscapes about trends in digital media.

Documentaries will focus on famous people such as comedians Moms Mabley and Richard Pryor, along with Broadway actress Elaine Stritch, as well as movies that delve into the oil industry and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The romantic comedy "The Pretty One," the final chapter of Richard Linklater's trilogy, "Before Midnight," and Neil Jordan's gothic vampire drama "Byzantium" will be among the narrative fiction films.

"When we talk about the narrative competition, we talk about the kind of films that left us thinking about that film two days later, that really made a personal impact on us, that moved us," Geoff Gilmore, the creative chief officer of Tribeca Enterprises, said in an interview.


The festival will kick off with the world premiere of "Mistaken for Strangers," executive produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry. It depicts the experiences of director Tom Berninger on tour with his brother, Matt, the frontman of rock band The National, which will perform following the premiere.   Continued...

Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro attends the opening night ceremony and gala screening of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" during the 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival at Al Mirqab Hotel in Doha November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous