- Title: USA: 8th annual Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in New York
- Date: 22nd April 2009
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA (APRIL 21, 2009) (REUTERS) ( *** BEWARE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY *** ) TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL SIGN PRESS CONFERENCE ROBERT DE NIRO AND UMA THURMAN ON STAGE SOUNDBITE (English) DE NIRO SAYING: "Well, I am happy the way it is going. How it will wind up, who knows. I just hope it winds up in a good place. I know it will wind up in a good place. It is in a good place. Sometimes you cannot predict where things go, only that it is positive and great." PRESS CONFERENCE SOUNDBITE (English) UMA THURMAN SAYING: "Again, I have been hoping and wishing to join this festival since its inception. It's my first chance to, so the timing is great. It's our city, you created our festival and it's a real honor to be here." ACTORS UMA THURMAN AND ROBERT DE NIRO ON STAGE WITH DIRECTOR SPIKE LEE AND FESTIVAL CO-FOUNDER JANE ROSENTHAL
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- Story Text: The 8th annual Tribeca Film Festival launches on Wednesday (April 21), with actors Robert De Niro and Uma Thurman addressing the media ahead of the festival.
Robert De Niro talked about his future vision for the 8 year old festival.
"Well, I am happy the way it is going. How it will wind up, who knows. I just hope it winds up in a good place. I know it will wind up in a good place. It is in a good place. Sometimes you cannot predict where things go, only that it is positive and great," said De Niro.
The festival faced sponsorship hurdles, losing support from General Motors Corp., which is surviving on billions of dollars in government loans.
But it signed a three-year deal with Heineken and gained other sponsors.
Actress Uma Thurman talked about being involved in the festival.
Said Thurman, "Again I have been hoping and wishing to join this festival since its inception. It's my first chance to, so the timing is great.
It's our city, you created our festival and its a real honor to be here."
Woody Allen opens the festival with the world premiere of his comedy "Whatever Works," starring Larry David.
The event closes with another comedy, "My Life in Ruins,"
starring Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss.
Other light offerings include Australian actor Eric Bana's directorial debut, a documentary called "Love the Beast." The movie chronicles his love for his first car. Another high-profile documentary follows U.S. rock band Bon Jovi that will be screened as a "work in progress."
The festival will show 85 feature films from 32 countries. They were chosen from more than 2,200 submissions.
The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 22 to May 3rd.
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