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Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2021 Tribeca Talks

Drumming up the excitement for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival even further, today the fest announced its packed lineup of Tribeca Talks and Reunion Screenings with the stars and filmmakers behind a bevy of beloved films. 

Taking place from June 9-20, Tribeca is the first major festival to be hosting in-person screenings and events since COVID locked down the festival scene last year, and they’re making sure to go all out with huge names in attendance. 

Among the talent present for conversations will be Bradley Cooper in conversation with Guillermo del ToroScott Z. Burns speaking with Matthew Rhys, and Director’s Series including M. Night Shyamalan, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Doug Liman.

Just as huge will be the reunion panels for the festival, including the casts and filmmakers behind FargoThe Five Heartbeats, and The Royal Tenenbaums, along with screenings of The Kid and Raging Bull

Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Festival, shared her enthusiasm for the announcement, stating, “Each year the Tribeca Festival gathers the most esteemed names in film and entertainment for conversations that shine a light on the creative process. This year we are particularly proud that we can once again convene these talented names for in-person conversations as we discuss new ways our world and business is being reshaped and reimagined.” 

Tickets for in-person screenings and events are available for reservation now at https://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets.

For the full list and further details on these Tribeca events, see below: 

TRIBECA TALKS: DIRECTORS SERIES 

This conversation series showcases the careers of influential filmmakers.  

  • M. Night Shyamalan  
  • Doug Liman in conversation withJason Hirschorn 
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood in conversation with Sanaa Lathan 

TRIBECA TALKS: STORYTELLERS 

Sponsored by Montefiore-Einstein 

This series celebrates the illustrious careers of today’s most innovative creators, who have broken from traditional roles and pioneered their own forms of storytelling. 

  • Bradley Cooper and Guillermo del Toro  
  • Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski  
  • Scott Z. Burns andMatthew Rhys 
  • Shira Haas andAli Wentworth 
  • Get Lifted’s John Legend and Mike Jackson 
  • Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein  

TRIBECA TALKS 

  • Scott Rechler – “Recalibrate Reality: The Future of NY” 
  • Jason Hirschhorn – “The Business of Entertainment” and “The Future of Podcasting” 

REUNIONS & RESTORATIONS 

The Royal Tenenbaums – 20th Anniversary 

Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Anjelica Huston), had three children — Chas, Margot, and Richie — and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. The Royal Tenenbaums is a hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption. 

  • After the Screening: A live-streamed conversation with  Wes Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson,  Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, and Danny Glover. 

Fargo – 25th Anniversary 

Things go terribly awry when small-time Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife so he can collect ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. Once people start dying, the very chipper and very pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) takes the case.  Is she up for this challenge? You betcha.  

  • After the Screening: An-in person conversation Joel Coen, Frances McDormand, and Steve Buscemi 

The Five Heartbeats – 30th Anniversary 

Five friends leave their neighborhood and head for a new type of music – Motown. Coming in on the tail end of a rhythm and blues singing group explosion, The Five Heartbeats (Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon Robinson, Harry J. Lennix, Tico Wells), rise and fall within the space of seven years. Along the way, the group deals with all manner of fame and fortune distractions — jealousy, greed, too much womanizing and drugs all take a toll.  

  • After the Screening: An in-person conversation with Robert Townsend, John Terrell, Tico Wells, Leon Robinson, James Hawthorne, Harry Lennix, Michael Wright moderated by Loren Hammonds. 

The Kid – 100th Anniversary 

Charlie Chaplin was already an international star when he decided to break out of the short-film format and make his first full-length feature. The Kid doesn’t merely show Chaplin at a turning point, when he proved that he was a serious film director—it remains an expressive masterwork of silent cinema. In it, he stars as his lovable Tramp character, this time raising an orphan (a remarkable young Jackie Coogan) he has rescued from the streets. Chaplin and Coogan make a miraculous pair in this nimble marriage of sentiment and slapstick, a film that is, as its opening title card states, “a picture with a smile—and perhaps, a tear.” 

Raging Bull  Restoration 

Robert De Niro teams up with director Martin Scorsese to create one of cinema’s eternal masterpieces. Nominated for eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director, this contemporary classic is “ambitious, violent, poetic and lyrical” (The New York Times). De Niro turns in a powerful, Best Actor Oscar®-winning performance as Jake La Motta, a boxer whose psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty co-star. 

  • Director Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro discuss the film’s lasting legacy in a pre-recorded conversation.

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