The Avengers to close Tribeca film festival

2012-03-29 15:09

New York - Superhero blockbuster The Avengers featuring Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson has been chosen as Tribeca Film Festival's closing night film, festival organisers said on Wednesday.

The big budget Hollywood film that is based on the Marvel comic book series, The Avengers, first published in 1963, tells the story of the recruitment effort of Marvel Comics superheroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow to save the world.

Emphasis on foreign films

Besides Downey Jr returning in his popular Iron Man role, the ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L Jackson.

The action adventure movie, one of the year's box office hopes, will close the Tribeca festival on 28 April, and the festival has invited "everyday heroes" including police, fire department and military members to attend, Tribeca organisers said in a statement. It will open in US cinemas on 4 May (26 April in South Africa).

Besides the festival's opening night film, the romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement by the team behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Avengers is one of the few bigger budget films showing at Tribeca, which highlights independent cinema.

Tribeca, one of the largest film festivals in the US, and co-founded by actor Robert De Niro as a way to revive downtown Manhattan after the September 11 attacks, runs from 18-29 April.

This year's selection sees a greater emphasis on foreign films with more than half of its line-up of 12 fictional films in competition listed as international productions.