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Tribeca Film Festival: 'The Five-Year Engagement,' 'The Avengers' And 11 Other Anticipated Films

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/17/2012 4:43 pm Updated: 04/17/2012 4:43 pm

The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday night with the premiere of "The Five-Year Engagement" and closes ten days later with a screening of Joss Whedon's "The Avengers." In between those big-budget Hollywood productions lies the heart of the festival: indie films featuring some of your favorite stars (Olivia Wilde, Emily Blunt, Greta Gerwig) and a plethora of timely documentaries.

Wondering which films could break out during the eleventh edition of the Tribeca Film Festival? Check out HuffPost Entertainment's preview below, and come back here between now and April 28 for all things Tribeca.

PHOTOS: Tribeca Film Festival Preview

  • "The Five-Year Engagement"

    The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off with Jason Segel's latest romcom. Sure, it takes place in San Francisco and Michigan, but "The Five-Year Engagement" owes more to New York-based classics "Annie Hall" and "When Harry Met Sally" than anything else. Emily Blunt, Alison Brie and Chris Pratt co-star in the film, which arrives for mass consumption on April 27. [PHOTO: Glen Wilson]

  • "Your Sister's Sister"

    Speaking of Emily Blunt, she co-stars with Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt in Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister." The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, focuses on a man mourning the loss of his brother, who winds up having a one night stand with his brother's ex-girlfriend's sister. Confusing! Blunt and DeWitt play siblings, which is almost as good as Blunt and Brie playing siblings in "Five-Year Engagement." [PHOTO: Benjamin Kasulke]

  • "Benji"

    Seventeen-year-old Ben Wilson was a star high school basketball player in Chicago before his life was tragically cut short in 1984. "Benji" comes from co-directors Coodie and Chike, best known for their work on music videos for Kanye West and Mos Def. [PHOTO: AP]

  • "Knuckleball!"

    Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg ("Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work") return to the Tribeca Film Festival with "Knuckleball!" which tells the story of the famed baseball pitch, currently used to great success by New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey. [PHOTO: Charles Miller]

  • "Cheerful Weather For The Wedding"

    Everyone loves Felicity Jones ("Like Crazy"), including the character played by Luke Treadway in this adaptation of Julia Strachey's 1932 novel. The only problem? Jones' character isn't engaged to Treadway's devil-may-care gentleman caller. [PHOTO: Mark Tillie]

  • "The Giant Mechanical Man"

    Jenna Fischer ("The Office") stars in this romcom as a down-on-her-luck woman who falls for the title character -- a street performer played by indie darling Chris Messina. "Mechanical Man" is a Tribeca release and will also be available on VOD. [PHOTO: Tribeca]

  • "Francophrenia"

    James Franco's meta documentary about his time on "General Hospital" is one of the Tribeca Film Festival's biggest curios. "It's called 'Francophrenia,' but it's not me trying to get my story across in a clear way or even look good," Franco told THR. "I f---ing hate that hair I have in it, I cringe every time I see it -- but it's a way for me to kind of, I think, call some people out, but also just make my own comments on it." Sounds confounding! [PHOTO: Doug Chamberlain]

  • "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey"

    A chronicle of Arnel Pineda, a Filipino man who became the lead singer of Journey. Don't stop believin', y'all [PHOTO: Ninfa Z. Bito]

  • "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story"

    A documentary that spans over 40 years. In 1965 Frank DeFelitta made a short film about racism in the American South; forty years later, his son, filmmaker Ray DeFelitta ("City Island") looks at the tragedy that surrounded his father's film. [PHOTO: Danielle Anderson]

  • "Lola Versus"

    Indie It-Girl Greta Gerwig stars as Lola, a put-together almost-30-year-old woman who gets dumped by her fiance ("The Killing's" Joel Kinnaman) right before her wedding. Director by Daryl Wein and co-written by Wein and Zoe-Lister Jones ("Breaking Upward"), "Lola Versus" could be the "(500) Days of Summer" of 2012. Fox Searchlight will release the indie comedy in June. [PHOTO: Myles Aronowitz]

  • "Knife Fight"

    Rob Lowe returns to his "West Wing" roots as a political strategist in "Knife Fight," a drama about how politics doesn't have to be down and dirty. [PHOTO: Angeline Herron]

  • "Deadfall"

    Genre fun! Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam star in this heist thriller gone way wrong. Think: "A Simple Plan" by way of John Frankenheimer. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky directs. [PHOTO: Jonathan Wenk]

  • "The Avengers"

    Nothing says "indie film festival" like "The Avengers"? "Showing at Tribeca is both an honor and a double homecoming for me, who grew up in Manhattan, and for the movie, which wrapped production there," said director Joss Whedon when the screening was announced. "I'm thoroughly psyched to be closing the festival with our intimate little think-piece." Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, "The Avengers" hits theaters on May 4. [PHOTO: Zade Rosenthal]

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