The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled the remainder of its 2009 programme with the out-of-competition selections for its Encounters, Spotlight, Showcase, Restored/Rediscovered and Midnight sections.
In Encounters, 10 of the 11 narratives and documentaries are world premieres. Those include Cheryl Hines' directorial debut Serious Moonlight written by the late Adrienne Shelly and starring Timothy Hutton, Meg Ryan and Kristen Bell; Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman's freedom song documentary Soundtrack For A Revolution; Michael Cuesta's psychological thriller Tell Tale inspired by the Edgar Allen Poe story; Richard Laxton's An Englishman In New York starring John Hurt; Joshua Goldin's Wonderful World starring Matthew Broderick; and local family drama City Island directed by Raymond De Felitta. The section will also host the international premiere of Eric Bana's directorial debut, car-racing documentary Love The Beast.
Midnight will include seven world premieres of genre films: Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio's Cropsey; Ti West's The House Of The Devil; Dan Fogler's Hysterical Psycho; Ron Carlson's Midgets vs. Mascots; Anders Banke's Newsmakers (Goryachie novosti); Daniel Benmayor's Paintball; and Julien Nitzberg's The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia.
The 10-film Spotlight programme includes works such as Sundance hit Black Dynamite; Armando Iannucci's star-studded political satire In The Loop; foreign-language Oscar winner Departures; Danish thriller Fear Me Not; and Duncan Jones' Moon starring Sam Rockwell as a lonely astronaut. Steven Soderbergh will world premiere his new film about a Manhattan call girl, The Girlfriend Experience, in this section after presenting footage at Sundance.
The 10-film Showcase section will present films already making an impression internationally. They include Cyrus Frisch's Dazzle from The Netherlands, Gustav Deutsch's FILM IST. a girl & a gun from Austria; Lyes Salem's Masquerades from France/Algeria; and Yoon-ki Lee's My Dear Enemy from South Korea.
The Restored/Rediscovered section of rare or newly restored films includesa special screening and panelin recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, with a screening of William Friedkin's The Boys In The Band as well as a special work-in-progress screening of documentary Making The Boys In The Band, directed by Crayton Robey. Other classics screening include Bette Gordon's 1984 Variety and Stanley Kramer's 1960 Inherit The Wind.
'One of the interesting aspects about Encounters this year is the actors and directors who are trying new things. There are actors directing for the first time, as well as directors working in new genres. I think people will be surprised with what they've accomplished and enjoy what they see,' said David Kwok, Tribeca's director of programming. 'Those seeking thrills or wicked comedy will find it in our Midnight section. Audiences are going to have a great time experiencing these innovative genre films created by a fantastic group of wildly imaginative filmmakers.'
'Showcase brings a blend of thoughtful and often intimate stories that work to transcend cultural, personal and familial divides, as well as the traditional boundaries of cinema,' added senior programmer Genna Terranova. 'Spotlight offers New Yorkers an exclusive look at this year's already buzzing contemporary independent voices, while Restored/Rediscovered reminds us of our own diversity and cinematic roots.'
As previously reported, the 24 competition entries were announced Monday. Overall, the streamlined programme includes 86 features, down from 119 in 2008.
For the complete list of festival films, visit www.tribecafilm.com/festival.
The Tribeca Film Festival will run April 22-May 3 in lower Manhattan.