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ENCOUNTERS

CITY ISLAND

Directed by Raymond De Felitta
FEATURE NARRATIVE 100 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE CITY ISLAND

The Rizzo family lives on a little-known island in the Bronx that is as quaint and sleepy as any New England town. But the Rizzos are not as picturesque as the island they inhabit, and like most dysfunctional families, they all stop at nothing to avoid the truth. Vince (Andy Garcia) is the worst offender. He is a prison guard who is secretly taking acting lessons and plotting a new career. His daughter is moonlighting as a stripper, while young Vinnie Jr. has a hiden fetish involving a 300-pound neighbor. Vince's wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) is the family's rock—usually—but lately she can't get her mind off of the mysterious hired help, whose identity only Vinnie knows.

Writer/director Raymond De Felitta (The Thing About My Folks, TFF '05) builds laughter and anticipation as the family's entangled untruths take us to a heart-clenching but tender finish. Drawing refreshing comedic performances from Garcia and Margulies, and memorable turns from Emily Mortimer and Alan Arkin as a fellow student and the teacher in Vince's acting class, De Felitta takes the age-old advice of George Bernard Shaw: "If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance." Let's just say the Rizzos are doing the tarantella.

Drama, Comedy
About the Director(s)

Raymond De Felitta is an independent filmmaker whose work has been honored at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and SXSW. His AFI thesis short Bronx Cheers was nominated for an Oscar® in 1991 and the following year he won the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship for screenwriting. He made his feature debut at Cannes with Café Society in 1996. His other features include Two Family House (winner of the 2000 Audience Award at the Sundance), The Thing About My Folks, and the documentary 'Tis Autumn - The Search for Jackie Paris. A lifelong jazz pianist, he has just completed a new CD with Peter Bogdanovich on vocals.

Special Note

Winner: Heineken Audience Award First Place Winner.
As a result, this film will screen two additional times on
Sunday, May 3 at 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm.
For tickets, click here.

 

Director Raymond De Felitta counted down the days to Tribeca.
Read his blog today.

 


Film Info
  • Section:
    Encounters
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    100 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer, Alan Arkin, Steven Strait, Ezra Miller
  • Director:
    Raymond De Felitta
  • Screenwriter:
    Raymond De Felitta
  • Producer:
    Raymond De Felitta, Andy Garcia, Lauren Versel, Zachary Matz
  • Production Designer:
    Franckie Diago
  • Editor:
    David Leonard
  • Original Score:
    Jan AP Kaczmarek

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Lauren Versel
    Lucky Monkey Pictures
    125 East 95th Street New York, NY 10128
    Phone: (212) 860-1642
    lv@luckymonkeypictures.com
  • Director's Agent
    Lucy Stille
    Agent, Motion Picture Lit
    Paradigm
    360 Park Avenue South, 16th Floor New YOrk, NY 10010
    Phone: (212) 897-6400
    lstille@paradigmagency.com
  • International Sales Agent
    Sharon Harel
    West End Films
    15 Greek Street, 2nd Floor London, UK W1D 4DP
    Phone: +44.20.74948300
    info@westendfilms.com
  • Technical Contact
    Zachary Matz
    Paradigm
    360 N. Crescent Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone: 310-288-8000
    aruf@paradigmagency.com
  • Sales Contact
    Andrew Ruf
    Paradigm
    360 North Crescent Drive, North Bldg. Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone: (310) 288-8000
    aruf@paradigmagency.com
  • Print Source
    Lauren Versel
    Lucky Monkey Pictures
    125 East 95th Street New York, NY 10128
    Phone: (212) 860-1642
    lv@luckymonkeypictures.com
  • Director's Agent
    Lucy Stille
    Agent, Motion Picture Lit
    Paradigm
    360 Park Avenue South, 16th Floor New YOrk, NY 10010
    Phone: (212) 897-6400
    lstille@paradigmagency.com
  • International Sales Agent
    Sharon Harel
    West End Films
    15 Greek Street, 2nd Floor London, UK W1D 4DP
    Phone: +44.20.74948300
    info@westendfilms.com
  • Technical Contact
    Zachary Matz
    Paradigm
    360 N. Crescent Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone: 310-288-8000
    aruf@paradigmagency.com
  • Sales Contact
    Andrew Ruf
    Paradigm
    360 North Crescent Drive, North Bldg. Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone: (310) 288-8000
    aruf@paradigmagency.com

RUSH SALES POLICY

When tickets for a screening or event are no longer available, they will be listed as RUSH. The Rush system functions as a stand-by line that will form at the venue approximately 45 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Admittance is based on availability and will begin 15 minutes prior to program start time. Rush Tickets are the same price as advance tickets payable upon entry. There is a limit of one Rush Ticket per person.