The first sign of spring in Manhattan is upon us. Nope, it’s not Alex Rodriguez and his latest fling sipping cappuccino the morning after at an outdoor cafe. (Although that is sure to come soon, via the dogged investigative reporting of The New York Post.)
It’s much better: The 12th Tribeca Film Festival starts next week (4/17) and runs for eleven days.
53 features from 37 countries will be premiered and judged by 42 jurors in all, including luminaries such as Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Haggis, Bryce Dallas Howard (love her) and Evan Rachel Wood.
Highlights of the festival include Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight the follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, featuring on-screen lovers Ethan Hawke and Jule Delpy. (Yikes! They’re now middle-aged!) And hot shot directors Neil LaBute (Death at a Funeral, Nurse Betty), Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) are also contributing films to the competition.
Panel discussions will take place featuring Hawke, Delpy, Darren Aronofsky and Clint Eastwood (minus the chair, we can only hope).
Here’s a quick overview on tickets: There are various early sale dates for American Express members and downtown residents, but the general public can get single tickets on Monday starting at 11 a.m. online, by phone and through three designated outlets.
During the festival, tickets, if still available, will be on sale at all festival venue box offices. Prices are $8 for matinee and late-night screenings, $16 for evening and weekends and $25 for special talks. There are also special passes for a bunch of screenings and a $25,000 VIP pass which I can only assume means that Robert DeNiro will not only spring for dinner, but clean your apartment and buy you something pretty to boot. But that’s just me.