Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell among big names bringing movies to Tribeca Film Festival

Monday, March 15, 2010

Farrell, Duvall bring films to Tribeca Film Fest

NEW YORK — The ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival will include a new movie from Neil Jordan, a documentary on Joan Rivers and a Southern folk tale starring Robert Duvall.

The New York festival announced the bulk of its lineup Monday, including selections in its Discovery, Encounters, Cinemania and Spotlight programs.

Making its U.S. premiere will be Neil Jordan’s “Ondine,” which stars Colin Farrell as a fisherman who reels in a mermaid.

Duvall stars in “Get Low,” a folk tale set in 1930s Tennessee and directed by Aaron Schneider, who won an Oscar in 2004 for his short film “Two Soldiers.”

The documentary selections include films about comedian and fashion pundit Rivers (”Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”), Canadian rock band Rush (”Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage”) and hairstylist Vidal Sassoon (”Vidal Sassoon: The Movie”).

Alex Gibney, whose “Taxi to the Dark Side” won the Oscar for best documentary in 2008, will bring his “My Trip to Al-Qaeda” to the festival. It was previously announced that Gibney would also screen a work-in-progress film about former New York governor Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Dana Adam Shapiro, the director of the acclaimed Oscar-nominated documentary “Murderball,” will screen his fiction film “Monogamy,” which stars Rashida Jones (”Parks and Recreation”) and Chris Messina.

John Carney, the Irish filmmaker who directed the hit “Once,” will bring his follow-up, a deranged comedy titled “Zonad,” which he co-wrote and co-directed with his brother, Kieran Carney.

Also selected was “The Killer Inside of Me,” a pulpy noir starring Casey Affleck by British director Michael Winterbottom.

Omar Rodriguez Lopez of the Grammy-winning rock band Mars Volta will show his debut film, “The Sentimental Engine Slayer,” which he wrote and directed.

Fatih Akin, the acclaimed director of “Head-On” and “The Edge of Heaven,” will premiere “Soul Kitchen,” a comedy set in Germany.

Other notable actors with films at Tribeca include Idris Elba, Jessica Alba, Patricia Clarkson, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Liev Schreiber, Ellen Barkin, Tilda Swinton and Eddie Izzard.

Tribeca, which runs from April 21 through May 2, had previously announced part of its lineup, including the world premiere of “Shrek Forever After,” which will open the festival.

This year’s festival will expand digitally beyond Manhattan. A dozen feature films will be available via video-on-demand on televisions in about 40 million households.

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