For the opening night of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the event is getting fashionable. Organizers announced Monday that it will open with the documentary “The First Monday in May,” about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s popular fashion exhibition from last year, “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Organized by the curator Andrew Bolton, that show, from the museum’s Costume Institute, drew more than 800,000 visitors and explored the influence of Chinese culture on Western fashion.
Like last year’s opening-night film, about “Saturday Night Live,” this is another work that celebrates art and culture in New York.
The movie is directed by Andrew Rossi, whose documentary “Page One” explored the inner workings of yet another city institution, The New York Times. Here, he covers the planning of the exhibition and the annual star-studded Met Gala that kicks it off. The film includes appearances by the Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and the fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano.
The Tribeca Film Festival will run April 13-24 and the opening night film will screen at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.