The world premiere of Woody Allen’s Whatever Works starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley Jr will open the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival on April 22.

The picture’s North American distributor Sony Pictures Classics plans a summer release and said the opening night marked ‘the perfect opportunity to celebrate Woody Allen’s return to film-making in New York.’

‘I fell in love with New York through Woody Allen’s movies,’ Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal said, adding: ‘Whatever Works is a uniquely funny addition to his body of work.’

The festival will announce its slate on March 9 and 11 and is scheduled to run from April 22-May 3.