The 2009 Tribeca competition and discovery line-ups were announced this morning, and indieWIRE has the full list of films here. This new recession-era Tribeca consists of a svelte 84 features, and I’m sure I’m not the only journalist sighing in relief at that number — in previous years, sprawling Tribeca line-ups made screenings sometimes feel like a crapshoot, and the festival loomed like a behemoth difficult to get an overall sense of.
Quick observations on the selections:
The Polish brothers have another film already? Having premiered the more stylized “Manure” at Sundance, they’re bringing a you-can’t-go-home-to-high-school-again comedy entitled “Stay Cool,” starring Winona Ryder (!) and Hilary Duff (!), to New York.
Conor McPherson’s “The Eclipse” seems to promise an as far as I know unprecedented mixture of the supernatural and literary festival culture.
The docs look more promising than the narratives at first glance this year, with new films from Ian Olds (“Operation: Dreamland”), José Padilha (“Bus 174”), Kirby Dick (“This Film Is Not Yet Rated”), Marshall Curry (“Street Fight”) and Liz Mermin (“The Beauty Academy of Kabul”) making for a pretty kickin’ competition line-up.
The New York-centric angle looks like it’s being played down, with the Discovery section containing most of the overtly Gothamist titles like “Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB.”
[Photo: “Stay Cool,” Prohibition Pictures, 2009]