Tribeca Film Festival Announces Slate for 2012

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Today, the Tribeca Film Festival announced its slates for the World Narrative and Documentary Competition portions of the festival, as well as the out-of-competition Viewpoints. These films include:

  • Francophenia (or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is). A documentary about James Franco’s stint acting on General Hospital codirected by Mr. Franco and Ian Olds, this will premiere in the Viewpoints section. “It’s experimental but zany and very playful. Ian Olds is a returning filmmaker who’s taken this moment in Franco’s life and made something zany,” said Genna Terranova, the festival’s Director of Programming. “It doesnt take itself so seriously, it leaves a lot up for interpretation–as James can be very tongue in cheek.”
  • Revisionaries, a documentary about Evangelical attempts to revise school curricula, is in the World Documentary Feature Competition. “It’s such an intriguing point-of-view with the Christian right-wingers,” said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. “It almost makes you begin to think [the directors are] presenting a different point-of-view than they do.”
  • Postcards from the Zoo, an Indonesian film directed by Edwin, will play in the World Narrative Feature Competition. “It’s a charming, magical story,” said Mr. Gilmore, “a very different story from what you might think should be in a serious competition.”
  • The Girl, also in the narrative competition, stars Bright Star‘s Abbie Cornish–“she’s bilingual in this,” noted Ms. Terranova, who also cited Kate Bosworth’s performance in the in-competition film While We Were Here as “amazing.”
  • First Winter, another narrative film in competition, depicts a group of Brooklyn denizens staying at a farmhouse when a blackout forces them into apocalyptic survival mode. Said Mr. Gilmore: “It almost does it a disservice to reduce it to a couple terms.”

The remainder of the slate is to be announced Thursday; the Festival runs from April 18-29.

Tribeca Film Festival Announces Slate for 2012