Tribeca expands world view in film fest lineup

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 06, 2012 1:53 PM
Tribeca expands world view in film fest lineup

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Films about the treatment of women in India and a gay man in Israel will open the competitions at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival that will also screen movies starring James Franco, Abbie Cornish, Kate Bosworth and other stars.

Ninety feature films, many from around the world, will screen at Tribeca, one of the largest film festivals in the United States that showcases independent cinema and was co-founded by actor Robert De Niro.

"Yossi," a fiction film about a closeted gay man living in Tel Aviv, will open the narrative competition, while "The World Before Her," which connects women in India from the Miss India Beauty pageant to a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, will debut the documentary lineup, festival organizers said.

Among its lineup of 12 fictional films in competition, half are international productions including the world premiere of "The Girl," an American/Mexican production starring Cornish as a single mother who helps smuggle immigrants over the border.

The experimental, "Francophrenia (or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)" offers audiences an indie look at Oscar nominee James Franco's turn on the TV soap, "General Hospital" and a portrait of one celebrity's paranoia. It screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival earlier this year and is co-directed by Franco and Ian Olds.

The New York City festival runs from April 18 to April 29.

(Reporting By Christine Kearney; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)