The Tribeca Film Festival just announced their films for their opening, closing, and premiere galas. They’ll be closing the on April 30 with the documentary Freakonomics. The Festival has also just announced that it will also host a gala for the premiere of Letters to Juliet on April 25 and a special presentation of My Own Love Song.
Freakonomics I get, the book spent more than 2 years on the New York Times Bestseller list and almost everyone who made the film, including director Alex Gidney is an Oscar winner or nominee. Then there is My Own Love Song, which is the first English language film from Olivier Dahan, director of the two-time Academy Award winning film La Vie En Rose and starring Renée Zellweger and Forest Whitaker. But then there’s a twist… Letters to Juliet? Can we really compare that to the other two?
Maybe I’m just biased because it’s the only one that I’ve seen, but the trailer told me everything I needed to know — it’s another cheesy love story where the only real winners are the cast and crew that got to live in Italy for a few months. All I can say is that I hope all three films are not in any way equal, because that’s a very low bar to uphold their films to. Although it may just be a ploy to get the younger generation to pay attention to the festival and maybe some extra press.
Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of TFF had this to say about the three picks….
“This trio of films embodies the spirit of diversity that has defined Tribeca through the years… Audiences will be charmed by ‘Letters to Juliet,’ moved by Jane’s emotional journey to redemption in ‘My Own Love Song’ and glued to their seats during the riveting ‘Freakonomics,’ which marks the return of some of today’s best documentary filmmakers to Tribeca. We are truly honored that they’ve once again chosen our Festival as a platform to share their work.”
The 9th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) will run from April 21 to May 2, 2010.
What do you think of the trio?