The Five-Year Engagement to open Tribeca

Emily Blunt comedy to open 2012 festival

by Amber Wilkinson

The Five-Year Engagement will open the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on April 18.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall's Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel reteam for the irreverent comedy, which also stars Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie.

Beginning where most romantic comedies end, The Five-Year Engagement looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Segel and Blunt, struggle towards their the aisle. The film opens in the on April 27 and in the UK on June 22.

Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal said: “The Tribeca Film Festival has always celebrated the power of creative collaboration, and there is no better example of that than The Five-Year Engagement.

“We are so pleased to join with Universal Pictures to bring the wit and energy of this hilarious and affecting film to Tribeca as we kick off our 11th edition.”

Director Stoller added: “When Jason and I met during the production of Undeclared, we couldn’t have imagined that one day we would write a comedy that would open such a prestigious film festival as Tribeca.

“We are so honored that the festival organizers have given us this platform to premiere the film. To be honest, this is all just a ploy to stand on top of a building with Robert De Niro and look out over New York City at dusk.”

As usual, we'll be bringing you news and reviews from the festival, including details of the feature film slate, which will be announced on March 6 and 8, 2012.

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