Magazine article Screen International

Tribeca 2018 Line-Up: Ewan McGregor Sci-Fi 'Zoe' Lands Centrepiece Slot

Magazine article Screen International

Tribeca 2018 Line-Up: Ewan McGregor Sci-Fi 'Zoe' Lands Centrepiece Slot

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Record 46% of feature slate directed by women.


Liz Garbus’ The Fourth Estate will close the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T and Drake Doremus’ Zoe has been selected as the Centerpiece Gala, festival brass announced on Wednesday (March 7) as they unveiled a feature slate featuring a record 46% of films directed by women.

The Fourth Estate follows The New York Times’ coverage of the Trump administration’s first year, while sci-fi romance Zoe (pictured) stars Ewan McGregor, Léa Seydoux, Rashida Jones, and Theo James. The festival runs from April 18-29.

The line-up includes world premieres for Martin Freeman in zombie tale and Midnight selection Cargo from Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, and Saoirse Ronan in Spotlight entry The Seagull based on Michael Mayer’s Chekhov adaptation.

The 2018 feature film programme includes 96 films (51 narrative, 45 documentaries) from 103 filmmakers. The line-up includes 75 world premieres, five international premieres, nine North American premieres, three US premieres, and four New York premieres from 27 countries.

The competition section features 12 documentaries, 10 US narratives and 10 international narratives. There are 14 Spotlight Narratives, 15 Spotlight documentaries; five Midnight selections, 16 Viewpoints selections; and 11 Special Screenings. Films in competition will compete for cash prizes totaling $165,000. The 6th annual Nora Ephron Award presented by Chanel will award a $25,000 prize to a woman who embodies the spirit and boldness of the late filmmaker.

The U.S. Narrative Competition includes world premieres for Ondi Timoner’s Mapplethorpe starring Matt Smith as renowned photographer Robert Mapplethorpe; Kent Jones’ character study Diane starring Mary Kay Place and produced by Oren Moverman; and Miguel Arteta’s comedy Duck Butter, starring Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa as two disillusioned women who make an experimental romantic pact.

Among the Documentary Competition line-up are world premieres of Marco Proserpio’s The Man Who Stole Banksy; Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist’s Momentum Generation; and No Greater Law by Tom Dumican. …

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