Tribeca Film Festival Kicks Off with Judd Apatow Comedy

The Tribeca Film Festival returns for its 2012 edition this Spring.

Getting the honor of opening the festival, The Five-Year Engagement, a re-teaming of director/writer/producer Nicholas Stoller and writer/star Jason Segel of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The irreverent comedy also stars Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt, and Alison Brie.

The premiere takes place on Wednesday, April 18, and the Festival will run through April 29.

Beginning where most romantic comedies end, The Five-Year Engagement looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Segel and Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. The film is also produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek).

The film festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff following the 9/11 attacks, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture.

Since its inception, the Tribeca Film Festival has attracted an international audience of more than 3.7 million attendees and has generated an estimated $725 million in economic activity for New York City.