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De Niro vs. Redford: After Sundance London, Tribeca Launches Rival Tribeca Firenze at Tuscan Sun Festival

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 7, 2012 at 10:21AM

The biggest name-brand film festivals are extending their reach overseas, from Sundance London to Tribeca Firenze. Not to be outshone by Robert Redford's successful --and high profile--London launch, Robert De Niro's rival Tribeca Enterprises is bringing Tribeca Firenze to the Tuscan Sun Festival in Florence, Italy.
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Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro

The biggest name-brand film festivals are extending their reach overseas, from Sundance London to Tribeca Firenze. Not to be outshone by Robert Redford's successful --and high profile--London launch, Robert De Niro's rival Tribeca Enterprises is bringing Tribeca Firenze to the Tuscan Sun Festival in Florence, Italy.

Tribeca promises to deliver a bevy of stars including singer Tony Bennett, who will accompany the European premiere of son Danny Bennett and Dion Beebe's documentary "The Zen of Bennett."

Tribeca, founded in 2002 by famed Italian-American De Niro along with Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, has traveled overseas before, having celebrated the third edition of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, mounted in partnership with the Doha Film Institute, last October, and also displayed the Tribeca brand in the past in both Beijing and Rome.

This year, Tribeca is partnering with global management company IMG Artists (IMGA) to bring five days of Tribeca Firenze international film premieres to the Tuscan Sun Festival in Florence, Italy 11-18 June, founded by IMGA’s Barrett Wissman in 2003.

Tony Bennett
Rahoul Ghose/PBS Tony Bennett

The festival showcases a week of performing artists, food, wine, and cultural and historical exhibitions. The full schedule of films will be announced over the next few weeks. The Tribeca Firenze screenings will be held at Florence’s Odeon Cinema, one of Italy’s most elegant and historic art nouveau cinema-theatres located in the Palazzo Strozzino, originally built in 1462 during the height of the Renaissance.

Filmed by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Beebe, "The Zen of Bennett" follows the artist as he recorded sessions for his album Duets II, along with John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé and the late Amy Winehouse, and to his ancestral home in Padagoni, Italy, as well as his home and art studio in New York City. Bennett will perform on June 18 at the Teatro della Pergola as part of the Festival’s 24 Hour Plays project, crooning four songs that will become the inspiration for four plays to be written, rehearsed and performed within a period of 24 hours.
 
“Tribeca’s mission is to provide filmmakers with audiences who are passionate about film, to make independent film accessible to a broad international community, and to move people with the power of cinema," said Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises.

This is the first time that the Tuscan Sun Festival will be held in its new home of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. John Malkovich is selecting and presenting some of his best films as part of the Tuscan Fest, and performing as an actor and narrator in a special performance combining music, theatre and projections at the Teatro della Pergola on June 17.

This article is related to: Festivals, Festivals, Sundance 2012, Tribeca Film Festival, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.