Sandwiched by a Judd Apatow comedy ("The Five-Year Engagement") and a Marvel superhero extravaganza ("The Avengers"), the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival kicks off Wednesday with a meaty menu of independent, foreign and documentary films -- and programmers who are more than enthused about the way their festival is entering its second decade.
The festival, which runs through April 29 at theaters in Manhattan, went through an organizational shuffle and shift in its hierarchy this year: Gena Terranova was promoted from senior programmer to director of programming upon the departure of her colleague David Kwok; Frederic Boyer was brought in from Cannes; and Geoff Gilmore, who left Sundance in 2009 to be chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, was asked to get back into programming by Jane Rosenthal, who, along with husband, Craig Hatkoff, and actor Robert De Niro, founded the festival in the wake of 9/1 1. It's been a popular festival, albeit one with an amorphous identity. But Gilmore says quality eclipses all.
Among the likely-to-be-talked-about films in this year's lineup are the Spanish police thriller "Unit 7"; "Resolution" by Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead; "Booker's Place," a documentary about race and memory from Raymond De Felitta; the femme-centric drama "Future Weather"; Harmony Korine's "The Fourth Dimension" with Val Kilmer; and the Finnish "Rat King." But there also are 83 other features and 60 shorts in Tribeca this year, and even though the programmers don't like to say it, there may just be something for everyone.