Tribeca Film Festival to Open With Met Museum Documentary ‘The First Monday in May’

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will open with the world premiere screening of “The First Monday in May,” Andrew Rossi’s documentary about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s attention-grabbing Costume Institute exhibition, “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

Magnolia Pictures’ “First Monday,” which will be the opening-night film of the Tribeca festival’s 15th edition, comes from the director of an earlier documentary about another New York institution, “Page One: Inside the New York Times.” “First Monday” centers on Met curator Andrew Bolton and the creation of the 2015 exhibit about Chinese-inspired Western fashion, as well as on the 2015 Met Gala, co-chaired by Anna Wintour.

“The First Monday in May” will kick off this year’s Tribeca Film Festival April 13. Produced by Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Sylvana Ward Durrett, and Dawn Ostroff, in association with Relativity Studios, Conde Nast Entertainment, Mediaweaver Entertainment and Sarah Arison Productions, the movie will be released by Magnolia on April 15.

The opening night title marks the first film announced for Tribeca’s 2016 festival, with further slate details to be released beginning March 2. This year the fest runs April 13-24.

Co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, Tribeca has picked up a reputation over the years as an effective launchpad for documentary titles (including “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” and “Bully”). The festival’s last two opening-night films were also documentaries: last year’s “Saturday Night Live” retrospective “Live from New York!” and 2014 opener “Time Is Illmatic.”

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