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Renee Zellweger, Amanda Seyfried tapped for Tribeca gala premieres

The Tribeca Film Festival today announced that “Freakonomics” will serve as the closing gala of the Festival on April 30.

A suitable film for these trying economic times, “Freakonomics” adapts the bestselling book “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Exposes the Hidden Side of Everything” by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. But instead of one vision, “Freakonomics” hands the reins over to multiple, Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmakers and gives them a whack at the material. Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing, Eugene Jarecki and Seth Gordon are credited directors on “Freakonomics,” which will have its world premiere at TFF as the festival’s closing gala.

In addition, festival organizers announced that Summit Entertainment’s summer romance “Letters to Juliet” will have its world premiere during a gala screening on April 25. The film, directed by Gary Winick (“13 Going On 30”), stars Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave as women connected by a decades-old love letter.

Finally, TFF will host a special screening of “My Own Love Song,” the first English language film from Olivier Dahan, which stars Renée Zellweger and Forest Whitaker as unlikely friends embarking on a disaster-prone road trip. With supporting performances by Madeline Zima, Nick Nolte and Elias Koteas, “My Own Love Song” also features original music by Bob Dylan.

“This trio of films embodies the spirit of diversity that has defined Tribeca through the years,” said Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of TFF. “Audiences will be charmed by ‘Letters to Juliet,’ moved by (the) 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 will run from April 21 to May 2. Visit www.tribecafilm.com for more information about these films, and the entire TFF line-up.



About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • March 29, 2010 | Permalink |

    the renee zellweger movie looks really interesting

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