March 29, 2010 / 5:02 PM / in 8 years

Tribeca festival to close with "Freakonomics" film

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A documentary adapted from the best-selling book “Freakonomics” by filmmakers Alex Gibney and Morgan Spurlock will feature as the closing film at the Tribeca Film Festival, organizers said on Monday.

“Freakonomics,” based on the book which applies economic theory to societal issues like crime and effective parenting that sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, will premiere at Tribeca that runs from April 21 to May 2.

The film has a total of six directors credited, including Spurlock, who made the successful documentary “Super Size Me” about the influence of the fast food industry.

Gibney, the Academy Award winner for his documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side,” will also show his film “My Trip to Al-Qaeda” at Tribeca as well as an untitled work in progress about former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

Festival organizers said they will premiere the romance movie, “Letters to Juliet” starring Vanessa Redgrave as well as the first English language film from French film director Olivier Dahan, called “My Own Love Song” starring Forest Whitaker and Renee Zellweger.

Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Jill Serjeant

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