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Tribeca Fest Sets Competition Slate for 2003 Event

Tribeca Fest Sets Competition Slate for 2003 Event

Tribeca Fest Sets Competition Slate for 2003 Event

by Eugene Hernandez

Mark Webber as Blest in “Bomb The System.”

Melissa Soltis, image provided by the Tribeca Film Festival.

New Tribeca Film Festival executive director Peter Scarlet joined event founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal in announcing the competition lineups for the 2003 second-annual Tribeca Film Festival (May 6-11). Forty-one films will screen in three competitive sections at this year’s festival.

“We are eager to again present such a world-class line-up of feature films in competition to share with New Yorkers and visitors from around the globe,” said Rosenthal in a prepared statement. “This year’s selections are created by extraordinary filmmakers who have proven their talents on a variety of levels.”

In addition to a dramatic and a documentary competition, organizers have created a new “Documentaries >2” section which offers work by more established filmmakers. Competition films are from those who are presenting their first or second feature film. Jurors are yet to be announced.

Scarlet stated, “We’re pleased to be introducing the work of an exciting group of new moviemaking talents from all over the world and to be presenting the work of an additional dozen who aren’t beginners but who have yet to get the recognition they deserve.”

Festival tickets will go on sale on April 27, with American Express card members getting a jump on the sale from April 21-26. The card company is the primary sponsor of the annual event. Residents who live below Canal Street in Manhattan will get a $2 discount.

The complete competition lineup follows (information provided by The Tribeca Film Festival):


“Ballroom” (Dancing) directed by Patrick Mario Bernard, Pierre Trividic and Xavier Brillat (France) — International Premiere

“Blind Shaft” (Mang Jing) directed by Li Yang (China) — North American Premiere

“Bomb the System” directed by Adam Bhala Lough (U.S.A.) — World Premiere

“The Bookstore” (el Kotbia) directed by Nawfel Sahed-Ettaba (Tunisia) — North American Premiere

“Chicken Poets” (Xiang Ji Mao Yi Yang Fei) directed by Jinghui Meng (China)

“Fire Dancer” directed by Jawed Wassel (Afghanistan /U.S.A) — International Premiere

“It Is Easier for a Camel” (Il Est Plus Facile Pour Un Chameau) directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (France) — International Premiere

“Jealousy Is My Middle Name” (Jiltoo-neun Na-e Him) directed by Chan-ok Park (Korea) — North American Premiere

“Justice” directed by Evan Oppenheimer and starring Erik Palladino (U.S.A.) — World Premiere

“Levelland” directed by Clark Walker (U.S.A.) — World Premiere

“Margarette’s Feast” (A Festa de Margarette) directed by Renato Falcão (Brazil/U.S.A.) — North American Premiere

“Nilofar in the Rain” (Nilofar dar Baraan) directed by Homayoun Karimpour (Afghanistan/France) — World Premiere

“Open My Heart” (Aprimi Il Cuore) directed by Giada Colagrande (Italy) — International

“Paris” directed by Ramin Niami and starring Bai Ling and Chad Allen with an original score by John Cale (U.S.A.) — World Premiere

“Some Secrets” (Vylet) directed by Alice Nellis (Czech Republic)

“Squint Your Eyes” (Zmruz Oczy) directed by Andrzej Jakimowski (Poland) — North American Premiere

“Yossi & Jagger” directed by Eytan Fox (Israel) — North American Premiere.


“A Boy’s Life” directed by Rory Kennedy (U.S.A.)

“Carlo Giuliani, a Boy” (Carlo Giuliani, Ragazzo) directed by Francesca Comencini (Italy) – North American Premiere

“Every Child is Born a Poet: The Life & Work of Piri Thomas” directed by Jonathan Robinson (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Heaven’s Path” (Rah-e Behesht) directed by Mahmoud Behraznia (Iran) – North American Premiere

“Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton” directed by David G. Berger, Holly Maxson and Kate Hirson (U.S.A.)

“A Normal Life” directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Hugo Berkeley (U.S.A./Kosovo) – World Premiere

“Paper Chasers” directed by Maxie Collier and featuring Ludacris, Damon Dash, Fat Joe, and Public Enemy (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Seville, Southside” (Poligono Sur) directed by Dominique Abel (Spain) -North American Premiere

“Song of the Millennium” (Le Chant du Millénaire) directed by Mohammed Zran (Tunisia) – North American Premiere

“Step into Liquid” directed by Dana Brown (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Sumo East AND West” directed by Ferne Pearlstein (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

“Sunset Story” directed by Laura Gabbert (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.


“Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer” directed by Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill (United Kingdom) – North American Premiere

“And Along Came a Spider” (Va Ankaboot Amad) directed by Maziar Bahari (Iran) – North American Premiere

“Dance, GrozNy, Dance” (Dans Grozny, Dans) directed by Jos de Putter (Netherlands) – North American Premiere

“Dream Cuisine” (Aji) directed by Ying Li (Japan) – North American Premiere

“Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs” – The Iraqi Experience directed by Samir (Switzerland/Germany) – North American Premiere

“HUSH!” (Tishe!) directed by Victor Kossakovsky (Russia) – North American Premiere

“Jonas at the Ocean” directed by Peter Sempel and featuring Vincent Canby, Nick Cave, Allen Ginsberg, Harvey Keitel, Nam June Paik and Wim Wenders (Germany) – North American Premiere

“The Lost Film” (El film el mafkoud) directed by Khalil Joreige and Joanna Hadjithomas (Lebanon/France) – North American Premiere

“On Hitler’s Highway” directed by Lech Kowalski (France) – North American Premiere

“Our Times” (Ruzegar-e Ma) directed by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad (Iran) – North American Premiere

“This So-Called Disaster” directed by Michael Almereyda and starring Sean Penn, Sam Shepard, Nick Nolte and Woody Harrelson (U.S.A.) – North American Premiere

“Trial” (Mohakeme) directed by Moslem Mansouri (Iran/U.S.A.) – North American Premiere.

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