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Farina’s Hustler, Sushi Chef Featured at Tribeca Festival

Dennis Farina as Joe May, having a shot and a beer in "The Last Rights of Joe May." The film is in the lineup of The Tribeca Film Festival. Photographer: Matt Dinerstein/Tribeca Enterprises via Bloomberg

March 7 (Bloomberg) -- The Tribeca Film Festival today announced the first half of its lineup for the 10th annual event, including a drama starring Dennis Farina as a Chicago hustler and a documentary about a man wrongly convicted of killing two sisters in the Philippines.

“The Last Rites of Joe May,” written and directed by Joe Maggio, stars Farina as an aging petty criminal who gets a final shot at redemption.

The slate also includes Dennis Lee’s “Jesus Henry Christ,” a comedy about a 10-year-old boy genius searching for his biological father. Michael Sheen and Toni Collette play the parents.

Tribeca, co-founded by Robert De Niro, announced 44 of the 88 feature-length films that will be shown at the festival from April 20 to May 1. The second half of the lineup will be revealed on March 14.

This year’s festival will include features from 32 countries and 43 world premieres. The lineup was chosen from a record 5,624 submissions.

Last week Tribeca announced that Elton John will help kick off the festival with a free performance following a screening of “The Union,” a documentary about his musical collaboration with Leon Russell.

Sushi Chef

The films announced today make up three categories: World Narrative, World Documentary and Viewpoints, a new section spotlighting independent movies with “distinctive perspectives.”

The documentary subjects include an innocent man sentenced to death for murder in the Philippines (“Give Up Tomorrow”); a tale of forbidden love between an Israeli and a Palestinian (“Love During Wartime”); an Indian marathon prodigy (“Marathon Boy”); and an 85-year-old master sushi chef (“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”).

Bloomberg LP, which owns Bloomberg News, is a sponsor of the Tribeca festival.

To contact the writer on the story: Rick Warner in New York at rwarner1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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