As well as showcasing new movies from the likes of Danny Boyle, Joe Berlinger and Mary Harron, Tribeca 2019 will also host a series of special anniversary screenings of landmark films, reuniting the casts and filmmakers for post-screening discussions. Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now: Final Cut will debut at the festival, while there will also be screenings of Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything…, Ben Stiller’s Reality Bites and This Is Spinal Tap directed by Rob Reiner. James Kleinmann takes a look at the Tribeca anniversary screenings lineup for HeyUGuys.

Credit: Francis Ford Coppola and Vittorio Storaro. Apocalypse Now - 40th Anniversary & Restoration at Tribeca 2019.
Credit: Francis Ford Coppola and Vittorio Storaro. Apocalypse Now – 40th Anniversary & Restoration at Tribeca 2019.

Apocalypse Now – 40th Anniversary & Restoration

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning Apocalypse Now Tribeca will debut a newly restored 4K Ultra HD version of the film, entitled Apocalypse Now: Final Cut. Fans of the Vietnam War epic will be treated to the experience in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos at New York’s Beacon Theatre.

Originally released in US cinemas in August 1979, the film went on to be nominated for eight Oscars, winning awards for Cinematography and Sound. Francis Ford Coppola’s stunning vision of the heart of darkness stars Martin Sheen as the troubled Army Captain Willard sent on a dangerous and mesmerising odyssey into Cambodia to assassinate renegade American Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has succumbed to the horrors of war and barricaded himself in a remote outpost.

Following the screening Francis Ford Coppola will take to the stage to reflect on the film and discuss its elaborate restoration. Event details: Sunday 28th April 5pm, Beacon Theatre. 

John Cusack in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything...
John Cusack in Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything…

Say Anything… – 30th Anniversary

Before Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire, Oscar-winner Cameron Crowe shifted the landscape of romantic comedies with his debut film Say Anything… a vivid tale of first love. Released in US cinemas in April 1989, the film follows a budding romance between recent high-school graduates Lloyd (John Cusack) and Diane (Ione Sky). Crowe gave us one of cinema’s iconic romantic moments with the scene of a lovesick young man, standing outside a girl’s window, asking her to love him with the help of Peter Gabriel and a portable stereo! Thirty years on Say Anything… continues to give off the affectionate, enveloping glow of first love.

Following the screening there will be an on-stage conversation with the film’s writer and director Cameron Crowe and executive producer James L. Brooks, plus the film’s stars John Cusack and Ione Skye. Event details: Tuesday 30th April 8pm, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. 

Ben Stiller's Reality Bites celebrates 25th Anniversary at Tribeca 2019
Ben Stiller’s Reality Bites celebrates 25th Anniversary at Tribeca 2019

Reality Bites – 25th Anniversary

Ben Stiller’s 1994 feature film directorial debut Reality Bites portrayed Generation Xers struggling to live and love amid the brutal reality of almost adulthood. Lelaina Pierce (Winona Ryder) navigates her post-college disillusionment by turning the camera on her friends: the free-spirited Vickie (Janeane Garofalo), Sammy (Steve Zahn), struggling to come out to his conservative parents and the passionate but directionless Troy (Ethan Hawke), with whom Lelaina is romantically-entwined until video executive Michael (Ben Stiller) arrives on the scene.

Following the screening there will be an on-stage conversation with director Ben Stiller and writer Helen Childress, plus stars Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, producer Michael Shamberg and executive producer Stacey Sher. Event details: Saturday 4th May 2pm, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. 

Christopher Guest in Rob Reiner’s THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984). Courtesy: Rialto Pictures/Studiocanal.

This Is Spinal Tap – 35th Anniversary

Originally released in US cinemas in March 1984, the classic comedy rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap turns 35 this year. Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner) sets out to document the loudest band in England, Spinal Tap, as they make their comeback with a North American tour to promote their new album Smell The Glove. The much-loved movie follows the on the road exploits of frontmen Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) and David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer).

Following the screening the film’s stars and creators Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner will pay tribute to the band with a special musical performance and an on-stage conversation. Event details: Saturday 27th April 8pm, Beacon Theatre. 

The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival takes place in New York City 24th April – 5th May 2019. James Kleinmann will be in attendance for HeyUGuys to deliver all the latest news, reviews and interviews.