By Indiewire | Indiewire March 9, 2005 at 2:00AM
Tribeca On Tap: Fest Preps for Expanded '05 Event
by Eugene Hernandez
The competition lineup for an expanded 2005 Tribeca Film Festival will be unveiled today in New York (and will be posted at the end of this article later today). In just four years, the upstart international film event has rapidly grown into an event that this year will fill nearly two weeks on the fest calendar. Set to run from April 19 - May 1st in Manhattan, TFF will open in Midtown this year with a screening of Sydney Pollack's "The Interpreter" starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, from Universal Studios.
An earlier April slot this year puts a bigger breather between the end of the Tribeca fest and the start of the Festival de Cannes in mid-May, but also places the event right in the middle of what has become a very busy fest month. TFF will now almost entirely overlap the 48-year-old San Francisco Film Festival, once headed by TFF executive director Peter Scarlet.
More than 250 features will screen at Tribeca '05, including 60 world premiers, 8 international premieres, and 34 North American premieres, according to organizers. While the competition roster is being unveiled today, later this week planners will reveal the list of special and spotlight screenings, while more features will be announced next week. Shorts will be unveiled on March 21st with more announcements to follow.
"I'm extremely pleased that in the next few weeks we'll be announcing full details about our upcoming presentation of outstanding new works by some of the best-known artists of world cinema," said Scarlet in a statement, offering a bit of a preview of the lineup, "Including Claire Denis, Robert Drew, Costa-Gavras, Peter Greenaway, Robert Guediguian, Barbara Kopple, Ermanno Olmi, Volker Schlondorff and Wong Kar-Wai." Continuing in the statement he added, "And we're just as excited about the scores of other exciting new films by some fantastically talented people who aren't household names - yet."
Higher profile films already unveiled include the aforementioned Sydney Pollack film, "The Interpreter," along with the world premieres of Griffin Dunne's "Fierce People" starring Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland from Lions Gate, and James Collet-Sara's "House of Wax" starring Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams and Robert Richard from Warner Bros. (a re-make of the horror film of the same name).
Among the new movies seeking distribution at the festival will be Danny Leiner's "The Great New Wonderful" starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Edie Falco, Tony Shalhoub and Olympia Dukakis, John Hock's basketball doc "Through the Fire," and Dori Berinstein's doc about Broadway plays, "SHOW Business."
Jurors already on tap for the Tribeca fest include Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos, impresario Damon Dash, director Griffin Dunne, actors Teri Hatcher, Michael Imperioli, Alfred Molina and Alan Cummings, editor Ingrid Sischy, fashion's Diane Von Furstenburg, editor/publisher Mort Zuckerman, film critic Peter Travers, former news anchor Tom Brokaw and author Mitch Glazer.
"In just our fourth year, the scope and quality of Tribeca's offerings are extraordinary and gratifying," said TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal in a statement. "This festival will always reflect the aspirations of our neighborhood and the need that launched it, but as we grow stronger every Year, I am delighted to also witness its emergence as a platform for discovering and supporting filmmakers and celebrating the power of film."
In other festival news, the Tribeca Family Film Festival will grow in 2005, with daily showings and the return of the outdoor street festival on April 30th. Back again will be the outdoor Tribeca Drive-In screenings, including the original "House of Wax" in 3-D, and a screenings of the acclaimed Slamdance '05 doc, "Mad Hot Ballroom" from Paramount Classics.
New this year will be the ASCAP Music Lounge at the Knitting Factory, offering live performance from emerging and established music artists.
Festival packages will go on sale next week for American Express members, with public sales of packages on sale on March 21 and individual tickets available to the general public on April 10 (April 3 for American Express members).
[ For more information, please visit: http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org. ]
The Tribeca competition lineup (information provided by the Tribeca Film Festival):
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
"4," directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, written by Vladimir Sorokin (Russia) - North American Premiere
"The Beat My Heart Skipped" (De battre mon coeur s'est arr