By Sunday night’s closing festivities, certain Tribeca revelers were simply too worn out to offer pronouncements about the second — and greatly expanded — outing for the fest.
“Can you call me tomorrow?” co-organizer Jane Rosenthal inquired during the grand finale at the glass-enclosed Embassy Suites Hotel atrium, where fest winners, such as “Blind Shaft” helmer Li Yang and aud award co-winner (and juror) Chen Kaige (“Together”), joined fest brass, including exec director Peter Scarlett, for one last bash.
There was no shortage of parties planned around the fest. On top of the panels and myriad screenings, a dozen gatherings were held across the city (not all of them in the triangle below Canal Street) to celebrate films unspooling at the fest.
Following an afternoon screening of a work print of Par heist-pic remake “The Italian Job,” cast and crew headed for cocktails at Nobu. Thesps Mark Wahlberg, Donald Sutherland, Mos Def, Jason Statham and Seth Green joined helmer F. Gary Gray, producer Donald De Line and music supervisor Kathy Nelson at the cozy event. Co-star Edward Norton opted to escort Salma Hayek to the bow of her directorial debut, “The Maldonado Miracle,” a few blocks away.
If the up-and-coming festival was looking for the stamp of approval granted by Cannes-level celebs, it got it at Saturday night’s preem of “The In-Laws.” Traipsing up the red carpet and into the Tribeca Performing Arts Center were Hollywood’s finest — and tannest. Both Michael Douglas (sans Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Albert Brooks showed up, along with co-stars Candice Bergen, Ryan Reynolds and Robin Tunney. Pic’s director, Andrew Fleming, also was on hand, for what he said was his second screening in lower Manhattan.
“The last time I presented a film here was for my adviser at New York University. She screened short, feminist, non-narrative films, and my film was a comedy,” he recalled. “Afterwards she said, ‘So, what do you want to do, go to Hollywood and direct narrative films?’ ”
Post screening, crowd loaded into red double-decker buses for cocktails and schmoozing at Tribute.
Thursday evening’s starriest party, ironically, was for an indie doc. Hotelier Andre Balazs and Bob Pittman hosted a party for Andrew Jarecki‘s “Capturing the Friedmans” at Balazs’ Mercer Kitchen. Frosh helmer, who also founded Moviefone, was pleased the pic had been so well received in a city of short attention spans. Candace Bushnell, Barbara Kopple, Bob Balaban, Cyndi Lauper, Julianna Marguiles, Robbie Williams and Moby were among attendees.
During Wednesday night’s after-bow bash for “The Shape of Things,” star Rachel Weisz defended helmer Neil LaBute against misogyny charges. “Neil is an extraordinary writer and to get words to speak like these, it’s very rare. As a woman you get very dull words, very often,” she said. “So I don’t think he’s a misogynist, I think he’s a feminist.”
(Additional reporting by Sharon Swart and Gabrielle Mitchell-Marell)