Premieres abound at Tribeca

Bana, Hines bow helming debuts; Crisp biopic, 'Wonderful World' on tap

A host of high-profile premieres comprise the second wave of Tribeca Film Festival showings, announced Wednesday.

The New York fest unveiled films in several sections, helping to round out its pared-down 86-movie slate.

In the celeb-heavy Encounters section, Thomas Haden Church, Melissa Leo and Elisabeth Shue star in the world premiere of Jake Goldberger's coming-home drama "Don McKay"; John Hurt plays gay icon Quentin Crisp in Richard Laxton's "An Englishman in New York"; and Matthew Broderick toplines "Wonderful World," a cross-cultural drama directed by Josh Goldin that will make its world premiere at the fest.

Several actors make their directorial debuts with films screening as part of Encounters. Among them, Eric Bana helms the auto-racing documentary "Love the Beast," and Cheryl Hines helms the jilted-wife comedy "Serious Moonlight," a star-studded picture featuring Timothy Hutton, Meg Ryan and Kristen Bell that was written by the late "Waitress" scribe Adrienne Shelly.

"One of the interesting aspects about Encounters this year is the actors and directors who are trying new things," Tribeca director of programming David Kwok said.

Also on the doc side come Jonathan Hock's Luis Tiant tale "Lost Son of Havana," which tells of the famous Cuban pitcher, and Julien Nitzberg's "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia," which was executive produced by Johnny Knoxville and tells of a "surly" county.

Tribeca's Spotlight section will see a slew of titles that have been favorites on the fest circuit. Among the Sundance titles unspooling in New York are Carlos Cuaron's Gael Garcia Bernal-Diego Luna soccer comedy "Rudo y Cursi," Scott Sanders' blaxploitation action comedy "Black Dynamite," Armando Iannucci's political satire "In the Loop" and Steven Soderbergh's digital effort "The Girlfriend Experience" (though Tribeca lists the latter as a world premiere, the movie played in preliminary form as a sneak peek at Sundance).

Other Spotlight titles include the Kristin Scott Thomas-Jessica Biel comedy of manners "Easy Virtue," a Stephan Elliott-helmed pic that made a splash in Toronto. Yojiro Takita's foreign-language Oscar winner "Departures," Jeff Levy-Hinte's music doc "Soul Power," Hirokazu Kore-eda's Japanese family drama "Still Walking" and Kristian Levring's Danish thriller "Fear Me Not" are also playing in the section, which focuses on acclaimed directors and actors.

Foreign-language films will take center stage with Gustav Deutsch's Austrian drama "Film Ist. a girl & a gun"; Zheng Wei's South Korea-China hybrid "Fish Eyes"; Anders Banke's "Newsmakers," a remake of Johnnie To's "Breaking News"; Lyes Salem's French-Algerian Arabic-language "Masquerades"; and Cyrus Frisch's Dutch intergenerational romance "Dazzle," starring 1980s icon Rutger Hauer.

The fest also announced its Midnight selections, a group of genre films that includes Ti West's lunar-eclipse chillfest "The House of the Devil," Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio's Staten Island ghost story "Cropsey" and Ron Carlson's inimitably titled "Midgets vs. Mascots," a mockumentary that sees misfits try to win the fortune of a mascot-turned-porn mogul — and which happens to star Gary Coleman.

Tribeca also announced that it will show restored versions of Stanley Kramer's "Inherit the Wind," Bette Gordon's "Variety" and William Friedkin's "The Boys in the Band."
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