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World premieres of the Sean Penn documentary Citizen Penn, about the actor’s relief work in Haiti, and the Drew Barrymore starrer The Stand-In, as well as a sneak peek at Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, are among the highlights of the feature film lineup for the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.
Other high-profile pics set to play the New York festival include HBO’s Hugh Jackman starrer Bad Education, making its U.S. premiere; Judd Apatow’s Pete Davidson starrer The King of Staten Island; Ron Howard’s California wildfire doc Rebuilding Paradise; and Josephine Decker’s Shirley Jackson film, Shirley, starring Elisabeth Moss as the “Lottery” author, each making their New York premieres.
Stars with narrative features at Tribeca include David Arquette (12 Hour Shift); Steve Zahn, Jillian Bell and Ann Dowd (Cowboys); Mary J. Blige (The Violent Heart); Adrien Brody (Clean); Jack Black and Joel McHale (Happily); Cybill Shepherd, Rita Wilson and Rosanna Arquette (Love Is Love Is Love); Julie Delpy, Daniel Bruhl, Gemma Arterton and Richard Armitage (My Zoe); Jason Clarke, Alexandra Shipp and Paul Walter Hauser (Silk Road); Jena Malone and Marc Maron (David Bowie film Stardust); Kevin James (Becky); Brian Tyree Henry and Asia Kate Dillon (The Outside Story); Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent (The Nowhere Inn); and Steve Coogan (The Trip to Greece).
George Clooney, Awkwafina, Laverne Cox, Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady, Woody Harrelson, Paris Hilton, Pharrell Williams, DMX, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen and Malcolm Gladwell are among the stars involved with Tribeca’s documentary features.
In addition, the fest will screen docs about Hurricane Maria, gay conversion programs, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing’s search for his birth mother, Helmut Newton, Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water Virginia Beach music festival, Stanley Kubrick, Larry Flynt’s presidential bid, Ronnie Wood and Harry Belafonte guest-hosting The Tonight Show in 1968.
Tribeca will also present a 20th anniversary screening of American Psycho, followed by a conversation with director Mary Harron.
This year’s feature film program, curated from 3,385 submissions, includes 115 films from 124 filmmakers across 33 countries, including 95 world premieres, nine New York premieres, four North American premieres, four U.S. premieres and two international premieres. Forty-four of this year’s feature films have one or more female directors.
“First comes the story, then empathy, then comes change. When you change the narrator, you empower different voices to show audiences new worlds through their eyes,” Tribeca Enterprises chief content officer and program adviser Paula Weinstein said Tuesday in a statement. “We are privileged to have so many new and rich worlds brought to life by visionary storytellers. We hope audiences leave the festival deeply touched, moved, and entertained.”
Added festival director Cara Cusumano, “This year’s festival embraces the unique power of film to bring people together — whether that’s literally the communal experience of watching a film in a packed theater, or the more intangible way a great film can make you empathize with a stranger’s struggle. In an election year where we will go to the polls to make big decisions about our future together, these films are an opportunity for connection and understanding.”
More information about the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival is available here.
The 19th Tribeca Film Festival is set to run April 15-26, kicking off with the previously announced documentary Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President.
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