By Kasey Schiedeck | Images property of Universal Pictures.
Less than five years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the first film depicting one of the fatal flights that day is scheduled to debut next month at the Tribeca Film Festival.
“United 93,” written and directed by “The Bourne Supremacy’s” Paul Greengrass, chronicles the hijacked United Airlines flight aimed at the White House that went down outside of Shanksville, PA after futile attempts by passengers to disarm the hijackers.
United 93 to Open Tribeca
Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal said in a statement: "9/11 changed us, in indescribable personal ways, but also by forever altering our downtown community. As we enter our fifth festival, we are honored to showcase a film that portrays a story of bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who dedicated their lives that day aboard United Flight 93. We are humbled to host their families, first responders, and others who were most profoundly affected that day."
Created in the wake of 9/11 by Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, and Craig Hatkoff, the festival has been much lauded for helping to financially reinvigorate Manhattan in recent years. Albeit controversial subject matter, it appears debuting a film about an event so close to New York City seems only apropos.
The film is set for worldwide release April 28th and will be previewed for 9/11 survivors and victims’ families until then.