NEW YORK — The Tribeca Film Festival’s out-of-competition lineup features world preems of films from Steven Soderbergh, the Farrelly brothers, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville and Dan Fogler, plus the directorial debuts of Eric Bana and Cheryl Hines.
Organizers announced on Wednesday the slates for the Encounters, Spotlight, Showcase, Midnight and Restored/Rediscovered sections. Tribeca’s eighth edition kicks off April 22 with Woody Allen’s “Whatever Works” and runs through May 3.
In Encounters, 10 of the 11 pics are world premieres. The list includes the following:
- Bana’s autobiographical car-racing doc “Love the Beast”
- the Hines-helmed “Serious Moonlight,” an Adrienne Shelly-scripted comedy starring Meg Ryan
- black comedy “Don McKay,” starring Thomas Haden Church, Elizabeth Shue and Melissa Leo
- a doc about Boston Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant, exec produced by the Farrellys.
Spotlight will include Oscar-winning Japanese pic “Departures,” blaxploitation romp “Black Dynamite,” music doc “Soul Power” and the world preem of the Soderbergh-helmed “The Girlfriend Experiment.” A rough cut of “Girlfriend,” which will be distribbed by Magnolia, screened at Sundance.
Showcase, designed to bring foreign-language pics to Gotham auds, includes South Korea’s “Yu yan” (“Fish Eyes”), Algeria’s “Mascarades” (Masquerades) and “Rachel,” a French-Belgian doc about doomed Middle East activist Rachel Corrie.
Restored/Rediscovered will salute the upcoming 40th anni of William Friedkin’s groundbreaking “The Boys in the Band,” Stanley Kramer’s “Inherit the Wind” and Bette Gordon’s influential 1984 indie “Variety.”
Midnight has “Hysterical Psycho,” written and helmed by Fogler, and “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia,” exec produced by Knoxville and Jonze.
Overall, this year’s tally of 86 feature films is 28% smaller than last year’s count and less than half the peak of 176 in 2005. Organizers attributed this year’s pullback in part to the costs involved in renting theaters and hosting screenings, especially in an economic environment where sponsorship dollars are scarce.