We have a sort of love/hate thing with the sprawling Tribeca Film Festival, which in its sixth year still seems to be working on a clear identity. Last year we had terrible luck picking films (oh, "Journey to the End of the Night") and a great time kicking around downtown (it’s so convenient!) and gawping at James Gandolfini. We do love seeing that, between the festival’s recently announced Astoria-set "Spider-Man 3" US premiere and the world premiere of Curtis Hanson’s gamblin’ man romance "Lucky You," the festival programmers have also managed to wrangle Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles‘ Christo doc "The Gates" for the closing night film (there’s a trailer here).
On the Cannes front, Variety notes that potential franchise film "The Golden Compass" will be previewed at the May festival. Others confirmed include James Gray‘s "We Own the Night," the Coen brothers’ Cormac McCarthy adaptation "No Country for Old Men," Quentin Tarantino‘s expanded "Grindhouse" half "Death Proof." Variety has a round-up of the current rumors and speculation, including talk that David Fincher‘s "Zodiac" will close the festival.
+ â€œTHE GATESâ€ ANNOUNCED AS CLOSING NIGHT OF 2007 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL (TribecaFilmFestival.org)
+ Cannes plans take shape (Variety)