The lineup for this year’s Telluride Film Festival was announced this morning just before the Colorado fest gets underway this weekend, and with it comes some serious expectations. As I outlined in the inaugural edition of Oscar Beat, the fall film festivals mark the official start of awards season, as the studios use the festivals to announce their heavy hitters and Oscar hopefuls. Four of the last five Best Picture winners played at Telluride (Argo, The King’s Speech, The Artist, and Slumdog Millionaire) and this year’s lineup certainly has the potential to launch our eventual winner with fare from the Coen Brothers, Jason Reitman, and Alfonso Cuaron all on tap.
Hit the jump for more, as we take a closer look at the Telluride lineup with an eye towards sussing out our 2013 Best Picture winner.
The Telluride Film Festival gets under my skin. It’s incredibly expensive to attend, and you don’t know the line-up until the day before the festival begins. Its major advantage is that it’s become the place where awards films attempt to pick up a little steam. Telluride equivalent of a Preview Night. Rather than drop the films at the Toronto International Film Festival, they can start picking up some buzz from a smaller audience, which could potentially guide the much larger audience at the TIFF. Not all of the films are making debuts. Most notably, Cannes favorites Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, and All Is Lost will be playing at Telluride, skipping TIFF, and then playing at the New York Film Festival. Gravity just had its premiere at Venice, but Telluride is now its North American debut. Other notable movies that will now be making their world premiere at Telluride are Jason Reitman‘s Labor Day, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, and Errol Morris‘ documentary The Unknown Known.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2013 Telluride Film Festival runs from August 29 – September 2nd.
The line-up for the 2012 Telluride Film Festival has been announced. The program will include Michael Haneke’s Palm d’Or-winning Amour, the Bill Murray-fronted Hyde Park on Hudson, Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday, the Michael Shannon crime thriller The Iceman, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, and many more. The festival will also include some special surprise screenings, with Ben Affleck’s highly anticipated drama Argo rumored to appear. Additionally, the 2012 Silver Medallion Awards will be given to Roger Corman, Marion Cotillard, and Mads Mikkelsen.
Hit the jump to read the full press release which includes the entire line-up. The 2012 Telluride Film Festival runs from August 31 – September 3rd.
The prestige of the Telluride Film Festival continues to rise each year. It’s the waypoint between the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival and it’s a great opportunity to see the hot fall films without travelling internationally. Last year, Telluride showed off Best Picture winner The King’s Speech, Best Picture nominees Black Swan and 127 Hours, and a variety of other films that picked up Oscar nominations. The line-up for this year’s festival has been announced and it looks like it will be equally exciting if not more so. Movies playing at Telluride this year include Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, the critically acclaimed silent film The Artist, Steve McQueen’s Shame, Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss, Martin Scorsese’s documentary Living in the Material World, Rodrigo Garcia’s Albert Nobbs, and Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk about Kevin. And keep in mind that these are only the films with pre-festival buzz. No one was paying much attention to The King’s Speech until it kicked off at Telluride and landed at TIFF. Plus there’s the TBA screenings to consider (Black Swan and 127 Hours were both TBA films).
Hit the jump for the line-up. The 2011 Telluride Film Festival runs from September 2 – 5th. For more information on the Telluride Film Festival, visit their official website.
The line-up for the 2010 Telluride Film Festival has been announced and there are some exciting inclusions. If I were attending Telluride, the two films at the top of my must-see list would be Errol Morris’ new documentary Tabloid which is about former-Miss Wyoming/convicted rapist/dog-cloning advocate Joyce McKinney, and Peter Weir’s war film The Way Back, which is the director’s first film since 2003′s Master and Commander.
The line-up also includes other films that are making the festival rounds including Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, the financial-collapse documentary Inside Job, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful, Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, Mike Leigh’s Another Year, and Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe. Hit the jump to check out the full line-up. The Telluride Film Festival runs from September 3 – 6th.