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Tribeca 2005.9: James Toback

Tribeca 2005.9: James Toback

Friday night was a very James Toback kind of evening… at the after-party for Nicholas Jarecki’s Toback docsploration, The Outsider at Bread Tribeca. At the late-night event, one could spot the director and star of another Tribeca feature, The Beat That My Heart Skipped. The relationship? Beat is the acclaimed French remake of Toback’s 1978 feature Fingers.

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I haven’t seen The Outsider, but I did manage to check out Beat That My Heart Skipped, as it’s been one of the buzzed-about films of the festival. It’s really great. An anomaly, perhaps, in that it’s a contemporary European remake of an American cult classic (isn’t it usually the other way around?). Keep your eyes open for the film, as Wellspring is scheduled to release it this summer. And what does James Toback think about it? Everything indicates he’s a fan… adding that the Frenchmen were allowed into the party. I mean, not even Mike Tyson showed up and we know how close he is with the Black and White helmer.

Otherwise, all things Tribeca began to quiet to a whisper as the weekend arrived. A few parties here, a couple of Sony Pictures Classics cocktail receptions there… and I spent a good deal of my time in meetings at places like Lincoln Center, or the Tribeca Grand Hotel.

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