Tribeca reveals 2010 lineup
'Shrek Forever After,' Spitzer doc, special events added
Alex Gibney's latest documentary, a portrait of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned his post in 2008 because of a sex scandal, will be spotlighted at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 21 to May 2 in New York.
The currently untitled film from the director of the Oscar-winning "Taxi to the Dark Side," will screen as a work-in-progress as one of three special events that festival organizers unveiled today.
"I think people will be really surprised," said David Kwok, the festival's director of programming. "It doesn't just focus on the scandal. It's more comprehensive than that, looking at Eliot Spitzer as a person and at his entire career."
Also playing in the fest's Special Events section are David Lean's 1965 epic "Doctor Zhivago," marking its 45th anniversary with a new restoration that will be released by Warner Home Video, and a work-in-progress screening of the doc "The Western Front," in which Zachary Iscol, who fought as a Marine in Iraq's Al Anbar province, returns to the scene of that battle.
Founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff to help revitalize lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11, the fest has grown to become a New York fixture. This year, it will present 85 features from 38 different countries, including 45 world premieres, 7 international premieres, 14 North American premieres and 12 New York premieres.
Looking at the overall lineup, Nancy Schafer, executive director, said, "We're proud to be bringing the international world to New York audiences."
Slotted after Sundance and Berlin and just before Cannes, Tribeca has staked out a difficult spot in the festival calendar. But having sorted through a record 5,055 submissions, Kwok said that the fest, about to mount its ninth edition, didn't run into many situations this year where filmmakers held back their work from Tribeca in hopes that it would be accepted by Cannes.
"I think this year people have been much more decisive about what they want to do," he said. "Either they said, we'll play your festival and not try for Cannes, or if they got some feeling from Cannes they would not be hearing back from them, they said we'll go with you guys." In other cases, Schafer added, filmmakers are viewing Tribeca as an opportunity to test North American waters and get an audience response before taking a picture to the international market in Cannes.
Tribeca is also seeing more returning filmmakers. Out of the 96 feature directors, 20 are returning TFF filmmakers.
At the same time, the fest is welcoming 38 filmmakers presenting their feature directorial debuts.
Assessing the 24 films that will appear in the world narrative and documentary competitions, Kwok said, "Some filmmakers are really playing with form."
He cited the narrative entry, "Buried Land," directed by Geoffrey Alan Rhodes and Steven Eastwood, set in a small town in Bosnia, which starts out as a documentary about an American film crew visiting the town before unfolding as more of a narrative tale.
On the doc side, Clio Barnard's "The Arbor," which recounts the relationship between British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her daughter, also mixes doc and narrative techniques.
Another theme that pops up in a number of entries is the way that families, both traditional and non-traditional, bond, Kwok said.
Kim Chapiron's French feature "Dog Pound" examines how young men in a detention center join together. In Andrew Paquin's "Open House," Brian Geraghty stars as a man dealing with a violent partner. And Paul Fraser's "My Brothers" follows three brothers who come together on a road trip.
Tribeca will also stake out new territory this year with its first Tribeca Film Festival Virtual, which Schafer said will not only offer seven of the films in the fest as video-on-demand offerings, but also attempt to replicate the festival experience for home viewers with red carpet coverage and filmmaker Q&As. The competition titles that will appear on TFFV are "Buried Land" and Mika Ronkainen's "Freetime Machos," which looks at Finland's worst amateur rugby team.
The fest will kick off with the world premiere of DreamWorks Animation's 3D "Shrek Forever After."
A list of Tribeca films can be found on the next page.
World Narrative Feature Competition
"Buried Land," directed by Geoffrey Alan Rhodes and Steven Eastwood, written by Rhodes, Eastwood and Dzenan Medanovic. Set in a war-torn town in Bosnia that attracts tourists visiting ancient pyramids.
"Dog Pound," directed by Kim Chapiron, written by Chapiron and Jeremie Delon. A look at three incarcerated teenagers.
"Loose Cannons" ("Mine Vaganti"), directed by Ferzan Ozpetek, written by Ozpetek and Ivan Cotroneo. A family comedy set in the picturesque city of Lecce in the deep south of Italy.
"Lucky Life," directed by Lee Isaac Chung, written by Chung and Samuel Gray Anderson. When one of them falls ill, a group of friends takes one last trip to the beach.
"My Brothers," directed by Paul Fraser, written by William Collins. A quick road trip soon turns into an emotional odyssey.
"Open House," directed and written by Andrew Paquin. A man watches over his sexually predatory partner and her violent urges.
"Paju," directed and written by Chan-ok Park. Two men live in Paju, a gray town where the urban landscape is as bleak as the fate of its residents.
"Gainsbourg: Je t'aime...Moi Non Plus," directed and written by Joann Sfar. A biopic about crooner/poet Serge Gainsbourg.
"Snap," directed and written by Carmel Winters. A psychological drama about three generations of a family poised to repeat the mistakes of the past.
"When We Leave" ("Die Fremde"), directed and written by Feo Aladag. A young Turkish-German woman flees from Istanbul with her five-year-old son into the arms of her family in Berlin.
"The White Meadows" ("Keshtzar haye sepid"), directed and written by Mohammad Rasoulof. The fable-like story of Rahmat, who sails from island to island off the coast of Iran to collect tears.
"William Vincent," directed and written by Jay Anania. James Franco stars in the story of a quiet and peculiar criminal uninterested in the fruits of crime.
World Documentary Feature Competition
"American Mystic," directed by Alex Mar. The stories of three young Americans exploring alternative religion.
"The Arbor, directed by Clio Barnard. The true story of troubled British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her tumultuous relationship with her daughter.
"Budrus," directed by Julia Bacha. A Palestinian family man unites rival parties Fatah and Hamas, Western activists and groups of progressive Israelis in a nonviolent crusade to save his village from being destroyed.
"Earth Made of Glass," directed by Deborah Scranton. An investigative documentary weaving interviews with President Kagame of Rwanda and Jean-Pierre Sagahutu, a survivor of the 1994 genocide.
"Feathered Cocaine," directed by Thork
Hardarsson and Orn Marino Arnarson. Falcon smuggling.
"Freetime Machos," directed by Mika Ronkainen. Finland's worst amateur rugby team.
"Into Eternity," directed by Michael Madsen. Three miles below the earth, the people of Finland are constructing an enormous tomb to lay to rest their share of humans' 300,000 tons of nuclear waste.
"Monica & David," directed by Alexandra Codina. A couple with Down Syndrome.
"Sons of Perdition," directed by Jennilyn Merten and Tyler Measom. Teenage boys banished from a polygamist community.
"Thieves By Law" ("Ganavim ba Hok"), directed by Alexander Gentelev. The Russian mafia.
"The Two Escobars," directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist. Born in the same city in Colombia but not related, Andres Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a love of soccer.
"The Woodmans," directed by C. Scott Willis. A family united in their belief that art-making is the highest form of expression.
"Blood and Rain" ("La sangre y la lluvia"), directed by Jorge Navas, written by Navas, Carlos Henao and Alize Le Maoult. A taxi driver begins his night shift bent on revenge after his brother's murder.
"A Brand New Life" ("Yeo-haeng-ja"), directed and written by Ounie Lecomte. A young girl is abandoned at an orphanage.
"Heartbreaker" ("L'arnacoeur"), directed by Pascal Chaumeil, written by Laurent Zeitoun, Jeremy Doner and Yoann Gromb. A romantic comedy about one couple who breaks up other couples for a living.
"Lola," directed by Brillante Mendoza, written by Linda Casimiro. Two elderly matriarchs bear the consequences of a crime involving their grandsons.
"Metropia," directed by Tarik Saleh, written by Saleh, Fredrik Edin and Stig Larsson. (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) In the year 2024, all of Europe is united by a vast web of underground railways and populated by an army of downtrodden worker bees.
"Moloch Tropical," directed by Raoul Peck, written by Peck and Jean-Rene Lemoine. (Haiti, France) Haitian auteur Raoul Peck reflects on absolute power corrupting absolutely.
"Road, Movie," directed and written by Dev Benegal. A young man drives his uncle's beat-up Chevy truck across India to its new owner.
"Doctor Zhivago," directed by David Lean
"Untitled Eliot Spitzer Film," directed by Alex Gibney
"The Western Front, directed and written by Zachary Iscol. A former U.S. Marine returns to Al Anbar.
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