Tribeca film fest reveals more of its lineup
'Don McKay' part of celeb-heavy Encounters sectionNEW YORK -- A host of high-profile premieres comprises the second wave of Tribeca Film Festival showings, which were announced Wednesday morning.
The New York festival announced films in several sections, nearly rounding out its 86-film slate. In its celeb-heavy Encounters section, Thomas Haden Church, Melissa Leo and Elisabeth Shue star in the world premiere of the coming-home drama "Don McKay."
John Hurt plays gay icon Quentin Crisp in "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.
A number of actors make their directorial debut with films in the Encounters section: Eric Bana directs the auto-racing doc "Love the Beast," while Cheryl Hines helms the jilted-wife comedy "Serious Moonlight," a star-studded picture starring Timothy Hutton, Meg Ryan and Kristen Bell that's based on a script by Adrienne Shelly.
"One of the interesting aspects about Encounters this year is the actors and directors who are trying new things," director of programming David Kwok said.
The fest's Spotlight section will see a slew of titles that have been faves on the fest circuit. Among the Sundance titles unspooling in New York are the Gael Garcia Bernal-Diego Luna soccer comedy "Rudo Y Cursi," Scott Sanders' blaxploitation action-comedy "Black Dynamite," the political stire "In the Loop" and the Steven Soderbergh digital effort "The Girlfriend Experience" (though the fest lists it as a world premiere, the movie played in preliminary form as part of a sneak peek in Sundance).
Other fest titles include the Kristin Scott Thomas- Jessica Biel comedy of manners "Easy Virtue," Stephan Elliot's pic that made a splash in Toronto. Oscar foreign-language winner "Departures," music doc "Soul Power," Japanese family drama "Still Walking" and 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 the Austrian drama "Film Ist. a girl & a gun," the South Korea-China hybrid "Fish Eyes," the French-Algerian Arabic-language "Masquerades" and Dutch intergenerational romance "Dazzle," which stars '80s Dutch icon Rutger Hauer.
The fest also announced its Midnight selections, a group of genre films that includes the lunar-eclipse chillfest "The House of the Devil," the Staten Island ghost story "Cropsey" and the inimitably titled "Midgets vs. Mascots," a mockumentary in which misfits try to win the fortune of a mascot-turned-porn mogul that, oh yes, also happens to star Gary Coleman.
The fest also announced it will be showing restored versions of "Inherit the Wind," Bette Gordon's "Variety" and William Friedkin's "Making the Boys in the Band."
The centerpiece and closing-night film are expected to be announced shortly.