De Niro, Rosenthal, Scarlet announce pix, sections
This article was corrected on April 4, 2003.
Rounding out the bulk of its program, the second Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled the lineups for its NY,NY section of films shot in New York City, as well as the slates for the Showcase, Special Screenings, Midnight and Restored Classics sidebars.
Features world premiering under the NY,NY banner include “Ash Tuesday,” Jim Hershleder’s drama about six downtown residents dealing with post-Sept. 11 trauma, starring Janeane Garofalo, Tony Goldwyn and Giancarlo Esposito; “Ghostlight,” Christopher Herrmann’s homage to dance legend Martha Graham, with Ann Magnuson, Deborah Harry, Isaac Mizrahi and Richard Move; and Craig Singer’s “A Good Night to Die,” the tale of a hit man and his bumbling protege, starring Ally Sheedy, Ralph Macchio, Michael Rappaport and Seymour Cassel.
Also premiering in the section is Alan Taylor’s comedy “Kill the Poor,” from IFC’s InDigEnt division, and actor-turned-director GQ’s urban hip-hop musical “Just Another Story.”
Lineup was announced by fest co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal and Tribeca executive director Peter Scarlet.
Slated for special screenings are Canadian maverick Guy Maddin’s experimental autobiographical work, “Cowards Bend the Knee”; Richard Loncraine’s adaptation of the William Trevor novella “My House in Umbria,” with Maggie Smith, Chris Cooper and Timothy Spall; and Neil LaBute’s screen transfer of his play “The Shape of Things.”
Midnight selections include Danny Boyle’s zombie horror pic “28 Days Later”; Thai duo the Pang Brothers’ psycho-horror chiller “The Eye”; and two films on New York punk legends the Ramones: “End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones,” by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields, and “Hey Is Dee Dee Home?” by Lech Kowalski. Also screening is the directing debut of longtime music supervisor Alex Steyermark, “Prey for Rock & Roll,” with Gina Gershon, Drea de Matteo, Lori Petty and Shelly Cole as distaff rockers.
World premieres in the section include John Murlowski’s road movie thriller “Black Cadillac”; David Sigal’s “The Look,” a comedy about a runaway with modeling ambitions; and Australian Nick Giannopoulos’ farce about accidental celebrities, “The Wannabes.”
The extensive Showcase lineup of features includes Wong Kar-wai produced romantic comedy “Chinese Odyssey 2002,” Stephen Frears’ “Dirty Pretty Things,” Cedric Klapisch’s “L’Auberge Espagnole,” Ken Loach’s “Sweet Sixteen,” Chen Kaige’s “Together,” Lucas Belvaux’s “The Trilogy” and Niki Caro’s “Whale Rider.”
Docus in the Showcase sidebar include Sundance top prize winner “Capturing the Friedmans,” Oliver Stone’s Fidel Castro profile “Commandante,” and Arlene Donnelly Nelson’s “Naked World,” chronicling New York artist Spencer Tunick’s quest to photograph nudes on all seven continents.
Screening under the title AMC Presents Martin Scorsese’s and the Film Foundation’s Restored and Rediscovered Classics are Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” with never-before-seen Clint Eastwood footage; and “Charles Laughton Directs ‘The Night of the Hunter,’ ” UCLA archivist Robert Gitt’s program on the 1955 film.
The 2003 Tribeca Film Festival runs May 3-11. Some remaining red-carpet premieres and further events are expected to be announced next week. More complete program details can be found at www.tribecafilmfestival.org.