ROBERT DE NIRO
The Tribeca Film Festival is the monolith of Lower Manhattan. For just over a decade, in response to the September 11th attacks, musicians, filmmakers, and artists have come together making this one of the most highly regarded art festivals in the world.
April 18, 2012 marks the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff as they offer a plethora of screenings, panels and special events this year. If you haven’t already purchased tickets, visit their festival guide and schedule to peruse the vast amounts of options.
Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Bang Bang Club is a true story about a group of photojournalists who risk life and limb to get the perfect shot during the Apartheid movement in South Africa.
Amongst the attendees for the premiere were Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, co- founders of the Tribeca Film Festival, which was established to bring hope and restoration to the neighborhood after the 9/11 attacks.
Also showing up for the film was Anna Kendrick (Twilight, Up In The Air), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore, Requiem For A Dream), Jack Osbourne and supermodels Karolina Kurkova and Doutzen Kroes.
Law, 38, and Thurman, 40, have been announced as jury members of 64th Cannes Festival. The two actors who have collaborated in 1997 in the movie Gattaca will sit on a panel presided by Mr. Robert De Niro. Argentine actress Martina Gusmanand and Hong Kong director Johnny To will be part of the jury too.
The opening film for this year's festival will be Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris starring Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson. Thierry Fremaux, the festival's director, explains this choice.
The 36-year-old actor has revealed that Robert De Niro inspired him to become an actor. Currently starring with his idol in Limitless, the Hangover actor speaks to Parade.com about his Godfather and tells how cool it has been to make this movie with him.
"My past with him, without him knowing it, goes back a long way. He's the reason I became an actor. It's a fascinating thing to think about. I've seen him in so many movies, so I felt a connection to him. It's about breaking down the myth. The reason why I think we get along is I love people and he loves people, but I also like not talking. That's sort of our working relationship. Before we became friends, it was kinda clear that we both didn't like talking about the filming process so much, we just did it. Working with him was the opposite of intimidating, it was relaxing. When I would look at the schedule and knew I was working with Bob that day, it was a load off. It's true."
Limitless will hit the theatres on March 18th.
For the first time, the Tribeca Film Festival is hosting an event in Doha, Qatar from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.
Qatar and the Emirates are becoming a hotbed of finance for the film industry as the region expand its interest in the filmmaking business. Not only has the UAE become a prime area for producers and backers of Hollywood and art house projects, but Qatari directors are also getting attention on an international scale due to the influx of funding.
Three years ago, the daughter of Sheikh Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, was an intern for TFF in New York (she is also the Chair of the Qatar Museums Authority). While gaining knowledge of the American film industry, Mayassa told the head director of TFF, Amanda Palmer, about starting a high caliber film festival in her homeland. The groundwork was set, and slowly the festival was put together. Setting up the festival was a challenge and over 1500 volunteers had to be recruited.