Friday, July 29, 2011

Venice Announces Officially/Kevin Has a Date/Pictures of Shame/Intriguing TIFF titles

In Colorado today to see Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers...Jubilation Day!


Via The Playlist at IndieWire: (* indicate films that I have thought might have a place on Telluride's roster)

Venice 2011 Competition

The Ides Of March, George Clooney (US) [opening film]*
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Tomas Alfredson (UK, Germany)*
Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold (UK)*
Texas Killing Fields, Ami Canaan Maan (US) (second work)
Quando La Notte, Cristina Comencini (Italy)
Terraferma, Emanuele Crialese (Italy/France)
A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg (Germany/Canada)*
4:44 Last Day On Earth, Abel Ferrara (US)
Killer Joe, William Friedkin (US)
Un Ete Brulant, Philippe Garrel (France/Italy/Switzerland)
A Simple Life (Taojie), Ann Hui (China/Hong Kong)
The Exchange (Hahithalfut), Eran Kolirin (Israel) (second work)*
Alps (Alpeis), Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece)
Shame, Steve McQueen (UK) (second work)*
L’ultimo Terrestre, Gian Alfonso Pacinotti (GIPI) (Italy) (first work)
Carnage, Roman Polanski (France/Germany/Spain/Poland)*
Chicken With Plums, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (France/Belgium/Germany)*
Faust, Aleksander Sokurov (Russia)*
Dark Horse, Todd Solondz (US)*
Himizu, Sion Sono (Japan)
Seediq Bale, Wei Te-Sheng (Taiwan) (second work)
Surprise film

Out Of Competition

Vivan las Antipodas! (documentary), Victor Kossakovsky (Germany/Argentina/Holland/Chile/Russia) [opening film]
Damsels In Distress, Whit Stillman (US) [closing film]
La Folie Almayer, Chantal Akerman (Belgium/France)
The Sorcerer And The White Snake (Baish Echuanshuo), Tony Ching Siu-Tung (China/Hong Kong)
Giochi D’estate, Rolando Colla (Switzerland/Italy)
La Desintegration, Philippe Fauchon (Belgium)
The Moth Diaries, Mary Harron (Canada/Ireland)
Alois Nebel, Tomas Lunak (first work) (Czech Republic/Germany)
W.E., Madonna (UK) (second work)*
Eva, Kike Maillo (UK) (first work)
Scossa, Francesco Maselli, Carlo Lizzani, Ugo Gregoretti, Nino Russo (Italy)
La Cle Des Champs, Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou (France)
Il Villaggio Di Cartone, Ermanno Olmi (Italy)
Wilde Salome, Al Pacino (US)
Tormented, Takashi Shimizu (Japan)
Contagion, Steven Soderbergh (US)*
Marco Bellocchio, Venezia 2011, Pietro Marcello (Italy) (documentary, short)
La Meditazione Di Hayez, Mario Martone (Italy) (short)
Tahrir 2011, Tamer Ezzat, Ahmad Abdalla, Ayten Amin, Amr Salama (Egypt) (documentary)
The End, Collectif Abounaddara (Syria)
Vanguard, Colleftif Abounaddara (Syria)
Evolution (Megaplex) (3D), Marco Brambilla (US) (experimental film)
Questa Storia Qua , Alessandro Paris, Sibylle Righetti (Italy) (documentary)
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, Lisa Immordino Vreeland (US) (documentary)
Golden Career Lion - Nel Nome Del Padre, Marcho Bellocchio (Italy)


Cut, Amir Nadri (opening film)
L’Oiseau, Yves Cuamon
Wilson Hail, Amiel Courtin
Nocturnos, Edgardo Cozarinsky
Amore Carne, Pippo Delbono
I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad And The Beautiful, Jonathan Demme
Sal, James Franco
Whores’ Glory, MIchael Glawogger
Die Herde Des Herrn, Romuald Karmakar,
Stateless Things (Jultak dongshi), Kim Kyungmook,
Clarissa Campolina. Helvécio Marins Jr.,
Photographic Memory, Ross McElwee,
The Invader, Nicolas Provost
Shock Head Soul, Simon Pummell,
Two Years at Sea, Ben Rivers,
Aims Of The Blind Horse (Anhey ghorhey da daan), Gurvinder Singh,
The Orator (O le tulafale), Tusi Tamasese
Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbours, Rirkrit Tiravanija,
Verano, José Luis Torres Leiva,
Kotoko, Shinya Tsukamoto,
Le Petit Poucet, Marina de Van,
Swan (Cisne), Teresa Villaverde,
The Sword Identity (Wokou de zongji), Xu Haofen,
Would You Have Sex with an Arab?, Yolande Zauberman,


MTFB reported earlier this week that Ioncinema has tipped the Tilda Swinton/John C. Reilly starrer and Cannes entry "We Need to Talk About Kevin" as being on this year's Telluride lineup.  I can also pass along that the film fro helmer Lynne Ramsey now has an awards friendly release date.  Dec. 2.

Word about 'Kevin's' date came from a couple of sources.  Initially I saw it from The Playlist at Indiewire.  You can find that story here:

Kevin's IMDb page is here:


First Showing/Alex Billington has pictures (that we can actually show you) from Steve McQueen's "Shame" starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.

Billington says that he thinks it "likely" that "Shame" will make the field of films at Telluride.  It's been on our watch list for a long, long time and has been persistently on the "Ten Bets" list this summer.  McQueen's "hunger" also starring Fassbender was at T-ride in 2008 and Ms. Mulligan has been in town the last two festivals.  And since we already think "Drive" is going to be in the fest, Carey could kill two films with one stone.

Here's the link to First's story:

And some pix:

Shame's IMDb page is here:


With Toronto's announcement this week came a bunch of interesting titles that I thought I'd highlight as they might pop up in the Telluride program.

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" with Ewan MacGregor and Emily Blunt.  dir. Lasse Hallstrom (Cider House Rules). Also penned by Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire)

"50/50" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen.  dir. Jonathan Levine (The Wackness)

"The Deep Blue Sea" with Rachel Weisz.  dir. Terence Davies (The House of Mirth)

The Oranges with Leighton Meester and Hugh Laurie.  dir. Julian Farino (Entourage/Big Love )

Butter with Olivia Wilde and High Jackman.  dir. Jim Field Smith (She's Out of My League)

The Lady with Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis.  dir. Luc Beeson (Le Femme Nikita/The Fifth Element )
Parenthetical note here:  I really think this could be a Telluride possibility!

360 with Rachel Weisz (again!) and Jude Law (also very busy these days).  dir. Fernando Meirelles (City of God/Blindness/The Constant Gardener) Also script by Peter Morgan (The Queen/Frost/Nixon)
IMDb page:

Peace, Love and Understanding with Catherine Keener and Jane Fonda.  dir. Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies/Driving Miss Daisy)

Take this Waltz with Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen.  dir. (and written by) Sarah Polley (Away From Her)

More from Colorado tomorrow!

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