LITTLE WOMEN MAY BE OFF THE TABLE
I was listening to Indiewire's Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson's ScreenTalk podcast this weekend (they posted it last Friday) as they had teased some discussion of fall films and they do, in fact, talk about the films that they're hearing will be involved in festivals. The most interesting comment comes from Thompson who suggested that Greta Gerwig's Little Women isn't likely to play any of the festivals. The pronouncement isn't necessarily definitive but Anne Thompson is going to know more about these things than I am.
If the film doesn't play then that disappoints as I am genuinely curious to see what Gerwig and her crew do with the classic tale. I have had Little Women on all three of this summer's Ten Bets with it at the #4 spot last Friday but you can expect that will be different when this Friday's Ten Bets goes up.
Among the films listed by Thompson and Kohn that they say are expected to play at some of the fall fests are: Motherless Brooklyn, A Hidden Life, The Report (after its debut at Sundance), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Lighthouse, Pain and Glory and Jojo Rabbit.
The complete ScreenTalk Podcast is linked here.
HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE CLUES?
Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere had a couple of posts Friday and Saturday that, if nothing else, are interesting from a TFF speculative standpoint.
The first post on Friday talked about the Indiewire podcast that I have referenced above. Wells suggests that he hasn't heard the same notion about Little Women.
Additionally, at the end of that post he rattles a list of films he calls "fall hotties" which include: The Irishman, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Motherless Brooklyn, Fair and Balanced, Harriet, The Last Thing He Wanted, The Laundromat, Torrance, Blackbird, Judy and The Aeronauts.
That post is linked here.
The following day (Saturday) Wells posts a continuation on his meditation entitled "If Wanting These Films to Play Telluride Is Wrong...". Wells had received a response from someone he refers to as a "friend" suggested that NONE of the films that Wells had listed as his "fall hotties" would play TFF.
If true, that would nuke some titles that I have been thinking could/would be TFF bound most notably Motherless Brooklyn, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Judy.
Wells takes exception to the blanket characterization but who knows?
Further, Wells' source suggests that Netflix will probably have a couple of films at Telluride that Wells doesn't include on his "fall hotties" list. By process of elimination the likely films would be Fernando Meirelles The Pope and the still untitled Noah Baumbach project.
Wells' Saturday post is linked here.
LOOKING BACK TO LOOK FORWARD
I have been spooking around my "Future Telluride" file lately. That's the folder where I save articles about films when they're announced that feel like something I should keep an eye on as potential Telluride players in their future.
For hoots, this morning I took a quick inventory of films that I have in their that seem to be actively possible for TFF #46. The earliest entry I have in there of a film that might make this year's SHOW is Lucy in the Sky which I put in the folder in May of 2015.
Others in chronological order:
The Glorias: A Life on the Road
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
The Good Liar
Untitled Todd Haynes Project (Dark Water/Dry Run?)
John Prine: Hello In There
Varda by Agnes
Light of My Life
It'll be fun to see if any and/or how many of these titles actually get announced in a few eeeks for Telluride.
That's the story for this Monday. I'll have more tomorrow.
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