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Film festival adds Gotham-centric mix

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In its fourth year, the Tribeca Film Festival will finally be about NY, NY.

Unveiling its competition lineup Wednesday, the fest highlighted a newly launched section for pics that focus on Gotham. Films in the NY, NY section will also compete for top honors at the fest, which runs April 19-May 1, and kicks off with Sydney Pollack’s “The Interpreter.”

In the new Gotham-centric section, highlights are set to include “The Great New Wonderful” from helmer Danny Leiner (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”). Pic had been hotly tipped to play at Sundance, but will make its world premiere at sea level instead.

“Great New Wonderful” stars Edie Falco, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tony Shaloub, and follows characters living in the uncertainty after the 9/11 attack.

Craig Chester’s “Adam & Steve” will make its world preem in the NY section as well. Pic stars Parker Posey and Chris Kattan and revolves around two Gotham couples, one straight and one gay.

Also in the NY, NY mix is helmer Jed Weintrob’s “The F Word”; Strand Releasing’s “The Reception” by John G. Young; and Jeff Winner’s “Satellite,” a romantic comedy inspired by French New Wave cinema that was produced by Larry Fessenden (“Wendigo”).

The NY, NY docu section looks to be an old-school campy, gritty mix of city-based pics. Section is spearheaded by John Catania and Charles Ignacio’s “The Lady in Question is Charles Busch,” surrounding the cross-dressing playwright-actor of the pic’s title, as well as Joseph Lovett’s “Gay Sex in the ’70s,” which looks at homosexual life in pre-AIDS New York.

Other docus in the NY, NY race include Victor Buhler and Showtime’s “Riker’s High,” about inmate students at the infamous Gotham prison; and “Spun” producer Danny Vinik’s “TV Party,” which features appearances by David Bowie, Jean Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Mick Jones among others.

There are 26 pics in the NY, NY section.

Highlights in the main competish category include Jacques Audiard’s “The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” a Gallic-lingo remake of James Toback’s ’70s film noir “Fingers.” “Beat” was snapped up by Wellspring earlier this week.

Other films slated to unspool include world preems of Arthur Allan Seidelman’s Chekov adaptation “The Sisters,” starring Mary Stuart Masterson, Maria Bello and Erika Christensen, and pics by notable Iranian helmer Rakhshan Bani-Etemad (“Gilaneh”), Caveh Zahedi (“I Am a Sex Addict”), Li Shaohong (“Life and Death Plunder”) and Eddy Terstall “Simon (Simon).”

In the docu competition category, highlights include “Punk: Attitude,” by musician-helmer Don Letts, and “Toward Mathilde” by controversial French helmer Claire Denis.

Countries repped in competition sections, which includes 32 pics overall, are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkino Faso, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey and the U.S.

Full list of films in the Tribeca Film Festival


  • “4,” directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, written by Vladimir Sorokin (Russia) – North American Premiere
  • “The Beat My Heart Skipped” (De battre mon coeur s’est arrêté), directed by Jacques Audiard, written by Audiard and Tonino Benacquista (France) – North American Premiere. A Wellspring release
  • “Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds” (Karpuz Kabugundan Gemiler Yapmak), directed and writ-ten by Ahmet Uluçay (Turkey) – U.S. Premiere.
  • “Gilaneh,” directed by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab, written by Mohsen Abdolvahab, Bani-Etemad and Farid Mostavi (Iran) – International Premiere
  • “I Am a Sex Addict,” directed and written by Caveh Zahedi (U.S.A.) – North American Premiere
  • “Iowa” (Iowa), directed and written by Matt Farnsworth (U.S.A.) – World Pre-miere
  • “Life and Death Plunder,” directed by Li Shaohong, written by Liao Yimei (China) – World Premiere
  • “My Brother’s Summer” (L’estate di mio fratello), directed and written by Pietro Reg-giani (Italy) – World Premiere
  • “Neo Ned,” directed by Van Fischer, written by Tim Boughn (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “The Night of Truth” (La nuit de la vérité), directed by Fanta Régina Nacro, written by Nacro and Marc Gautron (Burkina Faso) – U.S. Premiere
  • “Simon” (Simon), di-rected and written by Eddy Terstall (Netherlands) – International Premiere
  • “The Sisters,” di-rected by Arthur Allan Seidelman, written by Richard Alfieri (U.S.A.) – World Pre-miere
  • “Transamerica,” directed and written by Duncan Tucker (U.S.A.) – North American Pre-miere
  • “Ushpizin,” directed by Gidi Dar, written by Shuli Rand (Israel) – North American Pre-miere
  • “Wandering Shadows” (La sombra del caminante), directed by Ciro Alfonso Guerra, written by Diana Caicedo (Colombia) – North American Premiere


  • “Coca – The Dove from Chechnya,” directed and written by Eric Bergkraut (Switzerland) – North American Premiere
  • “The Devil’s Miner,” directed by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani (U.S.A., Germany) – U.S. Premiere
  • “Favela Rising,” directed by Jeff Zimbalist (Brazil, U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “A Flood in Baath Country” (Déluge au pays du Baas), directed by Omar Amiralay (Syria) – North American Premiere
  • “From Two Men and A War,” directed by Robert Drew (U.S.A) – North American Premiere
  • “Little Peace Of Mine” (shalom katan sheli), directed by Eyal Avneri (Israel) – North American Premiere
  • “Looking for the Lost Voice” (Bikvot Hakol Havud), directed and writ-ten by Tzipi Trope (Israel) – International Premiere
  • “El Perro Negro: Stories from the Spanish Civil War,” directed by Peter Forgács (Netherlands, Hungary) – North American Premiere
  • “Pilgrimage,” directed by Bahman Kiarostami (Iran) – World Premiere (shown on a program with Infidels by the same director)
  • “Prostitution Behind the Veil” (Prostitution bag sloret), directed by Nahid Persson (Denmark) – North American Premiere
  • “Punk: Attitude,” directed by Don Letts (U.K., U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “The Sky Turns” (“El cielo gira”), directed and written by Mercedes Álvarez (Spain) – U.S. Premiere
  • “Souls of Naples” (“Zielen van Napels”), directed and written by Vincent Monnikendam (Netherlands) – International Premiere
  • “A State of Mind,” directed by Daniel Gordon (U.K., North Korea) – North American Premiere. A Kino International release
  • “To The Other Side” (“Al Otro Lado”), directed by Natalia Almada (U.S.A., Mexico)- World Premiere
  • “Totally Personal” (“Sasvim Licno”), directed by Nedzad Begovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – World Premiere
  • “Towards Mathilde” (“Vers Mathilde”), directed by Claire Denis (France) – North American Premiere


  • “Adam & Steve,” directed and written by Craig Chester (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Alchemy,” directed and written by Evan Oppenheimer (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Bittersweet Place,” directed by Alexandra Brodsky, written by Brodsky and Jennifer Albano (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Conventioneers,” directed by Mora Stephens, written by Stephens and Joel Viertel (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “The F Word,” directed and written by Jed Weintrob (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Four Lane Highway,” directed and written by Dylan McCormick (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

  • “Great New Wonderful,” directed by Danny Leiner, written by Sam Catlin (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Laura Smiles, directed and written by Jason Ruscio (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Life on the Ledge,” directed and written by Lewis Helfer (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Love,” directed and written by Vladan Nikolic (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

  • “Puzzlehead, directed and written by James Bai (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “The Reception,” directed and written by John G. Young (U.S.A.) – World Premiere. A Strand Releasing release
  • “Red Doors,” directed and written by Georgia Lee (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Rockaway,” directed and written by Mark Street (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Satellite,” directed and written by Jeff Winner (U.S.A.) – World Pre-miere
  • “Slingshot,” directed by Jay Alaimo, written by Alaimo, Matthew Q Martin, and Matthew Fiorello (U.S.A.) – World Premiere


  • “The American Ruling Class,” directed by John Kirby, written by Lewis Lapham (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Based on a True Story,” directed by Walter Stokman (Netherlands) – North American Premiere
  • “Bowery Dish, directed by Kevin Frech (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “The Brooklyn Connection,” directed by Klaartje Quirijns (Netherlands) – North American Premiere
  • “Excavating Taylor Mead,” directed by William A. Kirkley, written by Kirkley and Erik Laibe (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Gay Sex in the 70s,” directed by Joseph Lovett (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Just For Kicks,” directed by Lisa Leone and Thibaut de Longeville (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “The Lady in Question is Charles Busch,” directed by John Catania and Charles Ignacio (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
  • “Rikers High,” directed by Victor Buhler (U.S.A, France) – World Premiere
  • “TV Party,” directed by Danny Vinik (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
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