Paul Greengrass' film about 9/11 will open the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The event, founded to revitalize Lower Manhattan after the terrorist attacks nearly five years ago, will kick-off on Tuesday, April 25th with the world premiere of "United 93," a Universal Studios/Studio Canal film about the drama aboard the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. Organizers indicated today that the filmmakers will be joined by family members of those who died on the flight. In a statement today, Jane Rosenthal said:
"9/11 changed us, in indescribable personal ways, but also by forever altering our downtown community. As we enter our fifth festival, we are honored to showcase a film that portrays a story of bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who dedicated their lives that day aboard United flight 93. We are humbled to host their families, first responders, and others who were most profoundly affected that day."
The film will open in theaters on April 28th. The Tribeca Film Festival will continue through May 7th, throughout Manhattan. [Eugene Hernandez]