Struck By Lightning in Tribeca Film Festival +BTS of SBLSunday, March 11, 2012
The second half of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival slate was revealed today, with Spotlight screenings of Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York (her follow-up to 2 Days in Paris, costarring Chris Rock), Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Chicken With Plums, and Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria (starring Maggie Gyllenhaal in the story of the invention of the vibrator).
“Spotlight is an entry point for general audiences–it’s a little more pop-culture-y. You’ll see movies that already have distribution, and world premieres with a recognizable face or a director who’s done many films before,” said Tribeca Director of Programming Genna Terranova, citing Morgan Spurlock’s Mansome, a documentary about male grooming, and Struck By Lightning, a film written by Glee co-star Chris Colfer. “It’s a great movie for a younger set–the Glee set–which can range from teens to people much older,” said Ms. Terranova.
The Cinemania program features edgier films from around the world, including the Tagalog-language thriller Graceland, the Finnish cyber-drama Rat King, and the American revenge drama Revenge for Jolly! Artistic director Frederic Boyer, formerly of Cannes’s Directors’ Fortnight, noted the more populist bent of his new position: “To bring very popular film–just for the audience, the mix is really interesting and a challenge.”
Struck by Lightning, directed by Brian Dannelly, written by Chris Colfer. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Even being killed by a bolt of lightning won’t keep Carson Phillips quiet. A hyper-ambitious and outspoken high school senior in a small-minded town, Carson (Glee’s Chris Colfer) narrates his own funeral and the last few weeks of his life through a series of sarcastic flashbacks in this upbeat and energetic comedy from Saved! director Brian Dannelly. With Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, and Drive’s Christina Hendricks. Entertainment Weekly
“Struck By Lightning,” a comedy narrated by a dead high school senior, written by Mr. Colfer (“Glee”) and directed by Brian Dannelly (“Saved!”); New York Times
Among the higher-profile features in the traditionally glossy Spotlight section are movies starring Chris Rock and Julie Delpy (“Two Days in New York”), Juliette Binoche (“Elles”),“Glee” star Chris Colfer (“Struck by Lightning”) and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams (who co-stars with Seth Rogen in the Sarah Polley-directed “Take This Waltz”). Wall Street Journal