Good Morning Ladies and Germs,
The film also appeared at Cannes as the opener to the Un Certain Regard segment. It is also in the Sony Pictures Classics stable. All of which are good indicators that "Restless" could be programmed at TFF #38. But...
The critical reception at Cannes wasn't raving...so maybe not.
All of that to say this: a couple of outlets posted the trailer for it yesterday. You can access it at firstshowing.net here:
or via The Playlist here:
WOMEN OF OSCAR
Movieline.com had an interesting piece on the perceived looming Best Actress battle between Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) both of which could be on the Telluride slate in September.
You can see that story here:
Add to that the chance that we could also have "My Week with Marilyn" starring Michele Williams and "We Need to Talk About Kevin" starring Tilda Swinton and (I suppose) the still outside shot that Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" with Kirsten Dunst all at the Opening Night Feed on Colorado Avenue and this could be the year that the Best Actress battle starts and ends in Telluride.
Wouldn't that be cool?
And that would also defy recent Telluride convention. Best Actor Oscar winners have been coming out of Telluride with a lot of frequency in recent years, 4 of the last 6...
2010: Colin Firth-"The King's Speech"
2007: Daniel Day-Lewis-"There Will Be Blood"
2006: Forest Whitaker-"The Last King of Scotland"
2005: Philip Seymour Hoffman-"Capote"
And, yes, I know that Natalie Portman won for "Black Swan" last year, but you have to go back to 2005 and Reese Witherspoon in "Walk the Line" to find the next previous Best Actress Oscar winner from Telluride. The women could be dominant this year...no jokes please...
A nice article yesterday from Brad Brevet at ropeofsilicon.com about release dates for Oscar bait-type films including these which I think have at least some potential to play at this year's Telluride Film Festival:
My Week with Marilyn
The Iron Lady
That post is here:
MARLON AND ME
I sometimes forget that this happened when I was in college but I met Marlon Brando. Yeah, I know. It happened on Labor Day (there's your tenuous connection to Telluride) 1978. I was in school at Southwestern Oklahoma State University ("Standing firmly on the hilltop..." Go Bulldogs!) in Weatherford, Oklahoma. I was in my senior year as a Speech/Theater Ed major and working almost full time at a local motel as Asst. Manager and general flunky. Thanks to my wife (who was working at the Weatherford Police Dept. at the time) I found out that Brando was in Weatherford and staying secretly at the motel where I was employed and though I hadn't planned to go in on that Labor Day...I changed plans in a heartbeat. As a result, I got a chance to meet and talk to a man who is arguably America's finest actor...ever.
Brando was purportedly in the area scouting locations for a project he wanted to do and to attend a large Pow Wow that was going on just down the road from Weatherford. At the time he had just finished shooting as Joe-El for the original "Superman" and was about to film his stunning turn as American Nazi George Norman Rockwell in "Roots II." He won an Emmy for that.
Needless to say, as a theater major, I was on the verge of exploding. And I'm fairly certain that Brando thought I was mentally challenged as I don't think I strung together a single coherent sentence. But what a thrill for a 20 year old college kid in nowheresville south central Oklahoma to stand next to one of the all time greats.
The picture above is my college copy of "A Streetcar Named Desire". Below is me and the 2 time Oscar winner (On the Waterfront and The Godfather):
Here's the inside cover of my copy of "Streetcar":
Other than the pictures (and there are one or two others), the only objective proof I have that any of this actually happened was this blurb that ran the next day in the local Weatherford newspaper:
It's all in a small shrine in my living room bookshelves.