Tribeca is getting its freak on.
The Manhattan-set fest, which launches April 21 and runs through May 2, announced Monday that the omnibus documentary “Freakonomics” will have its world premiere April 30 as the festival’s closing-night film. Summit Entertainment’s “Letters to Juliet” will also have its world premiere during the fest, and Olivier Dahan’s “My Own Love Song” will screen.
“This trio of films embodies the spirit of diversity that has defined Tribeca through the years,” said Nancy Schafer, executive director of the festival. “Audiences will be charmed by ‘Letters to Juliet,’ moved by Jane’s 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.”
Based on the bestseller “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Exposes the Hidden Side of Everything” by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, “Freakonomics” features segments directed by Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”), Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”), Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (“Jesus Camp”), Eugene Jarecki (“Why We Fight”) and Seth Gordon (“The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”). Chad Troutwine and Green Film Company’s Chris Romano and Dan O’Meara produced the film, with financial services by Cold Fusion Media.
Directed by Gary Winick, “Letter to Juliet” is a romantic drama starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave. “My Own Love Song,” a road movie starring Renée Zellweger, Forest Whitaker, Nick Nolte and Elias Koteas, is the first English-language film from Dahan (“La Vie en Rose”).