Met Gala Doc to Open 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

The First Monday in May Still H 2016
Magnolia Pictures

The First Monday in May Still H 2016

Magnolia Pictures' 'The First Monday in May' zooms in on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2015 Costume Institute exhibition, "China: Through the Looking Glass."

The Met Gala is hitting the big screen.

The First Monday in Maya documentary that explores the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended Costume Institute exhibition ever, "China: Through the Looking Glass" — will open the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Directed by Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times), the doc follows the creation of the 2015 exhibition, an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, and considers the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art.

The film also covers the starry Met Gala, co-chaired by Conde Nast artistic director and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and features appearances by Baz Luhrmann, Wong Kar-wai, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Andre Leon Talley and John Galliano, among other cameos.

"The First Monday in May illuminates the debate between fine art, fashion, pop culture and captures the creativity, passion and visionaries behind the exhibition and gala — Andrew Bolton and Anna Wintour," Jane Rosenthal, co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival, and executive chair, Tribeca Enterprises, said Monday in a statement. "It is an honor to pay tribute to a fellow New York cultural institution on our opening night."

Produced by Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Sylvana Ward Durrett and Dawn Ostroff in association with Relativity Media, Conde Nast Entertainment, Mediaweaver Entertainment and Sarah Arison Productions, First Monday in May will be released in theaters April 15 via Magnolia Pictures.

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival is set to run April 13-24. Opening night is sponsored by Farfetch with special thanks to Thakoon.