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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 26 March, 2003, 11:30 GMT
De Niro's festival goes global
Martin Scorsese joined Robert De Niro at last year's festival
New York's Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled an eclectic list of international titles in the three competition sections of the second annual event.

Selections include 11 world, four international and 22 North American premières.

"We're pleased to be introducing the work of an exciting group of new moviemaking talents from all over the world," said executive director Peter Scarlet.

"I think viewers will find it an intriguing, challenging and interesting selection."

The festival - which will run from 3 to 11 May - is the brainchild of actor Robert De Niro.

He created it to help revitalise New York's Lower East Side after the 11 September attacks on the US.

Bittersweet tale

Four US entries from first and second-time filmmakers will première in the narrative feature section.

Included is Evan Oppenheimer's examination of post-11 September grief through the work of a maverick comic book artist and Justice, Clark Walker's tale of Texas adolescents.

Both east Asia and France figure prominently in the feature lineup.

Li Yang's film Blind Shaft, about Chinese mine workers involved in murder and extortion, is included alongside South Korean Chan-ok Park's Jealousy Is My Middle Name.

Also selected is the debut of French-Italian director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's It Is Easier for a Camel, about a woman who retreats into daydreams.

Vida Zaher-Khadeem's Firedancer, which chronicles the struggles of Afghan emigrants in the US, has been selected.

The film was completed after the director's murder in 2001.

Hip-hop entrepreneurs

The festival's documentary section is split into two parts - one for first and second-time directors and the other for more established film-makers.

Entries include A Normal Life, about Albanian Kosovar refugees, by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Hugo Berkeley and director Bruce Brown's Endless Summer, which documents life in a surfing community.

Music films also get a look in.

Maxie Collier's study of hip-hop entrepreneurs, Paper Chasers, which features Ludacris and Public Enemy is included alongside David G Berger - Holly Maxson and Kate Hirso's portrait of the jazz musician.

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