Magnolia Pictures’ “The Architect” and Jake Kasdan’s “The TV Set” are among the world preems slated to bow at the fifth annual Tribeca Film Festival.
Event unveiled competish lineups for its International and NY, NY categories Wednesday, including 169 features and 99 shorts culled from a record 4,100 submissions. Both sections include narrative and docu segments.
Fest, which runs April 25-May 7, will play host to 90 world preems and 29 North American preems this year, with pics coming to Gotham from 40 countries. Jane Rosenthal created the event with Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in order to revitalize downtown Gotham after the 9/11 attacks.
“The Architect” is a bigscreen adaptation of Scottish playwright David Greig’s legit show directed by Matt Tauber and starring Isabella Rossellini; “The TV Set” stars Sigourney Weaver and David Duchovny in the story of a TV writer who loses control of a project to an incompetent network exec.
Also screening in the section will be Steve Barron’s look inside the world of an Ecuadorian dishwasher working in Queens, “Choking Man”; the John Malkovich starrer “Colour Me Kubrick,” from helmer Brian Cook; and distrib Bauer Martinez’s political drama “Land of the Blind,” starring Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland.
International docus will include a spate of war-themed pics, such as LifeSize Entertainment’s “The Blood of My Brother: A Story of Death in Iraq,” by Andrew Berends; David Benchetrit’s “Dear Father, Quiet, We’re Shooting,” which looks at Israeli soldiers who become conscientious objectors; and Suzanne Bauman and Jim Burroughs’ “Shadow of Afghanistan,” a look at the war-torn country. Another political docu will be Deborah Scranton’s “The War Tapes,” about how artists reflect war in their works.
Also in the international doc section will be “Boys of Baraka”; filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s “Jesus Camp,” a peek at an evangelical Christian camp; and IFC’s “The Bridge,” about suicides on San Francisco’s Golden Gate.
Lineup of the NY, NY competish, which aims to serve as a launching pad for filmmakers with Gotham roots, features world preems only.
Pics include Todd S. Yellin’s story of an ex-con who goes home to Brooklyn, “Brother’s Shadow,” starring Judd Hirsch and Scott Cohen; “East Broadway,” Fay Ann Lee’s tale of a striving Chinese-American woman mistaken for a Hong Kong heiress; Morgan J. Freeman’s latest, starring Mark Webber and Rosie Perez, “Just Like the Son”; and Claudia Meyers’ “Kettle of Fish,” starring Matthew Modine as a devoted bachelor who sublets his apartment to a hot biologist (Gina Gershon).
Other New York stories making the cut are William Tyler Smith’s “Kiss Me Again,” starring Jeremy London; Siofra Campbell’s “Marvelous,” starring Ewan Bremner, Martha Plimpton and Annabella Sciorra; Oren Rudavsky’s “The Treatment,” starring Chris Eigeman, Ian Holm and Famke Janssen; and camp icon Charles Busch’s “A Very Serious Person.”
NY, NY section docus will include “Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig,” Katherine Linton’s look at a benefit concert where alt acts from Sleater-Kinney to Rufus Wainwright play songs from the legit show-turned-film “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” as well as Mary Jordan’s exploration of the life of underground artist Jack Smith, “Jack Smith & the Destruction of Atlantis.”
“On the Outs” helmer Michael Skolnik and Rebecca Chaiklin’s “Lockdown, USA,” about rap mogul Russell Simmons’ quest to repeal New York’s strict Rockefeller Drug Laws, will also unspool, as will Glenn Holstein’s “Saint of 9/11,” about a Gotham fire department chaplain who died that day; and Kristi Jacobson’s “Toots,” which looks at the life of legendary restaurateur Toots Shor.