The Last Supper In America

20. May 2002
Between 8 May and 12 May 2002 the first
Tribeca Film Festival, sponsored by Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Jane Rosenthal, took place in New York. World famous actors, producers and directors presented their films there. A Slovenian film, The Last Supper, was also placed into the festival program. Vojko Anzeljc and Matjaz Javsnik presented it to the enthusiastic audience. More than 1300 films applied and around 155 were chosen for the festival. At the festival it was possible to watch:

The Competition Programme:

  • 11 documentaries;
  • 31 short films;
  • 15 full-length films (besides American films only four films were from Europe: a Spanish, Italian, English-Spanish film and the Slovenian film The Last Supper).

Special Projections
In whole, there were 17 projections, among them some New York premieres as well as some world premieres. Among these the following films were shown:

  • About the Boy (directed by Paul and Chris Weitz, authors of American Pie; produced by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, etc.; starring Hugh Grant);
  • Insomnia (directed by Christopher Nolan; starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank);
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood (directed by the Academy Award winner Calle Khouri; starring Sandra Bullock);
  • Star Wars: Episode II (directed by George Lucas; starring Ewan McGregor);
  • Gattaca (directed by Andrew Niccol; produced by Danny DeVito, etc.; starring Ethan Hawke).

New York's Best Film By Martin Scorsese

  • 10 films by Martin Scorsese

Around 550 journalists from all over the world attended the festival. Famous official speakers appeared at the opening: Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Hugh Grant and Robert De Niro, while Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Jane Rosenthal, Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey spoke at the conclusion. At the premieres and parties we could meet stars like: Al Pacino, Whoopi Goldberg, Sandra Bullock, Steve Buscemi, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Jim Jarmusch, Kevin Bacon, and many more famous faces of the film industry.

The makers of The Last Supper sold out the projection of the film twice. The response of the audience and the film critics was extraordinary and they have established contacts with various agencies (United Artists, The Film Movement, Creative Artist Agency, Rudolph & Beer, Llp and Paramount Pictures), which are interested in distributing The Last Supper in the United States.

In the United States, The Last Supper has also received awards, this time as many as three of them. At the International World Film Festival in Houston the film received the Gold Remi Award in the comedy category. At the Bare Bones festival it received the award for best foreign language film by the expert jury and the audience award.

Until now, The Last Supper has cheered audience up at as many as 22 international film festivals and has already received 10 awards. In America the film was presented at eight festivals and received five awards. During the summer the reels of The Last Supper are going to travel to ten festivals all over the world.