Tribeca announces closing night film

10th edition of festival to wrap with Edward Burns' Newlyweds

by Amber Wilkinson

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced it will close its 10th edition with the world premiere of Edward Burns’ Newlyweds on April 30.

Newlyweds is the tenth film written and directed by Ed Burns and the sixth to premiere at TFF. Burns, who wrote, directed and stars in Newlyweds, has had a strong connection with TFF since its founding. Ash Wednesday world premiered as part of the inaugural TFF lineup in 2002, and Looking For Kitty, Purple Violets and Nice Guy Johnny have also been Festival premieres over subsequent years.

Newlyweds, shot almost exclusively in New York City’s TriBeCa neighborhood, is a chronicle of modern marriage, pointing out an essential truth: When you get married, you’re not just getting a husband or wife - you’re getting the family, the friends, and even the exes.

The festival say: "With crackling humor and sharp insights into contemporary relationships, Burns tracks a newly wedded couple whose honeymoon period is upended by the arrival of the husband’s wild-child baby sister and the crumbling marriage of the wife’s meddlesome sister."

The cast includes Burns, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Max Baker, Marsha Dietlein Bennett and Kerry Bishé. Burns produced the film with producing partner Aaron Lubin and William Rexer. Mike Harrop served as executive producer.

TFF executive director Nancy Schafer said: “There is no better way to close this year’s festival than with this film, Newlyweds by Edward Burns.

"He is one of Tribeca’s best friends. He lives in our community, and this film, which is exceptional and may very well be his best, was both shot in the neighborhood and captures the zeitgeist of a community and its relationships that is intimate and fun and so true. Closing night will be like coming home for all of us.”

Burns said: “Tribeca is my home in every sense - it’s where I live, and it’s also the place where I have been so proud to show my work.

"And from the beginning, the Festival has been a wonderful place for me to showcase my films and enjoy the kinds of conversations that I love as a filmmaker and a New Yorker.”

The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 20 through May 1, 2011. We'll be bringing you daily reports over at our dedicated festival page.

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