The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in 19 days, and the lineup looks promising with each announcement. As the days fly by, announcements are coming quick, and the last announcement to come from Tribeca’s slate is extremely exciting.
Martin Scorsese’s remastered King Of Comedy is said to close the festival. With the festival screening films from 30 different countries, and from 116 directors total, Scorsese is still the head honcho with his work that’s now three decades old, in the coveted closing spot.
King Of Comedy was originally released in 1983 and boldly held strong views about TV, the media, and what it means to be famous. The dark comedy was heralded as a ground breaking success starring the likes of Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, and Sandra Bernhard.
Director Martin Scorsese fills audiences in about the experience behind making a cult classic via a press release:
“Making the picture was quite an experience. We had Sandra Bernhard in her debut. We had New York in summer. We had the beautiful Diahnne Abbott. I’m so happy that after all this time, The King of Comedy is finally getting a restoration, from our wonderful friends at Fox.”
It should be noted that De Niro, who stars in the film is also the co-founder of TriBeCa Productions, and the Tribeca Film Festival. De Niro had this to say about the film being revisited at the festival:
“I was a big fan of the script and was very excited to do it with Marty and happy that we finally made it. The fact that it’s been restored (hard to believe so many years have passed) is even all the better, and I can’t wait to see it on our closing night.”
Aside from Martin Scorsese’s remastered The King Of Comedy, there are brand new screenings taking place at the Tribeca Film Festival that have sparked interest from the public. Richard Linklater’s Sundance hit Before Midnight is among the top ticket, as well as Greetings From Tim Buckley, The National’s documentary Mistaken For Strangers, indie darling Julianne Moore in The English Teacher, and Sam Rockwell’s efforts in A Case of You, Trust Me, and A Single Shot.
Check out the retro from The King Of Comedy: