Tribeca Film Festival Announces Competition Line-Up

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its competition slate Tuesday, along with the titles selected for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section.

The 46 feature films announced Tuesday are from 32 countries. But Tribeca 2012 will feature many domestically oriented movies that deal with contentious contemporary issues.

Out-of-work 70-year-olds are documented in “Downeast.” Clashes over school textbook content are chronicled in “The Revisionaries.” And the documentary “Off Label” explores overmedication.

Abbie Cornish stars in “The Girl” as a single mother who loses her job and, desperate for income to keep custody of her son, helps smuggle illegal immigrants over the U.S.-Mexico border.

The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival will be held April 18 to April 29. Opening the festival will be “The Five-Year Engagement,” a comedy starring Jason Segel and produced by Judd Apatow.

The 2012 program, drawn from 5950 submissions, includes 54 world premieres and 33 feature directing debuts. The competition selections will vie for combined cash prizes amounting to $180,000 as well as artwork donated from the Artists Awards program. New this year, one narrative feature and one documentary will receive the Heineken Audience Award for best feature film — world narrative competition, world documentary competition, Viewpoints, Spotlight and Cinemania titles are all eligible. (The Spotlight, Cinemania and Special Screenings sections will be announced March 8.)

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Online: http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/

(The Hollywood Reporter, Associated Press)

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