Tribeca unveils competition films for 2011 festival

Mon Mar 7, 2011 2:11pm EST
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Tribeca film festival on Monday unveiled 44 films in its narrative feature and documentary competitions that will vie for awards, audiences and distribution deals at this year's festival.

Tribeca, one of the largest film festivals in the United States, held in New York from April 20 to May 1, will show 88 feature films this year, about the same number as in 2010.

Among the lineup announced for its narrative feature competition was offbeat comedy, "Jesus Henry Christ," a film about a boy genius whose world gets turned upside down, starring Toni Collette and Michael Sheen and executive produced by Julia Roberts.

Director of programming David Kwok said several of the fiction films examine "aging and our place in life", including drama "The Last Rites of Joe May," starring actor Dennis Farina as a Chicago Hustler and western "Blackthorn" with Sam Shepard playing outlaw Butch Cassidy living under a hidden identity and setting out on one last adventure.

Two coming-of-age tales about female sexuality will be shown, including Sweden's "She Monkeys" about teenage girls competing in equestrian acrobatics and Norway's "Turn Me On, Goddammit" about a small town girl with an active imagination and libido.

Among the documentaries, "Semper Fi: Always Faithful" shows a war veteran's discovery of water contamination sites in the United States after his daughter dies of Leukemia and "Give Up Tomorrow," shows corruption in the case of Paco Larranaga, who was convicted of murdering two sisters in the Philippines.

"We are seeing this personal journey of people, where the everyday man is going up against the larger institution," said Kwok on the common documentary themes.

Tribeca's competition films typically feature first-time or newcomer directors and this year is no different.   Continued...