Good Monday morning!
As the Cannes Film Festival has begun, a number of the films that are playing have begun to release teasers, clips, trailers and the like online to gin up interest and provide sneak peaks. As long time readers know, there's a good shot that we'll be offered a number of these Cannes films in Telluride in 3 months time. So I'm passing along the links to various resources that posted clips/teasers this week of films that I believe have at least a fighting chance to be part of the TFF #40 lineup. Starting with the critically well received follow up to " A Separation" from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi-"The Past" from The Playlist:
Premiering Saturday was Arnaud Desplechin's "Jimmy P. :The Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian" accessed via The Playlist as well:
Ari Folman's "The Congress" has been described by Cannes reviewers as "trippy" and a look at the trailer confirms that. I'm not sure if that increases or decreases its Telluride profile. From FirstShowing.net:
And finally, the first clip from James Gray's "The Immigrant". We saw way more than this 23 seconds in Telluride last year but I have to ask: has Marion Cotillard ever looked more beautiful? Take a look, also from The Playlist:
As they did last year, Ioncinema is providing a collation of 16 critics to the competition films. That is linked here:
Off to the best start are "The Past" and "Inside Llewyn Davis".
ADD ONE, TAKE ONE OFF THE LIST
The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Weinstein Company has picked up the U.S. distribution (and more) for Stephen Frear's "Philomena" starring perpetual Oscar nominee or near nominee Judi Dench. I'd say that puts it in the "possible" column for an appearance at Telluride. Here's that story:
Frears "Tamara Drewe" played at T-ride in 2010.
Meanwhile, TWC also announced that Lee Daniels "The Butler" starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey (and a cast of thousands as U.S. Presidents and First Ladies) will bow in the U.S. on Aug. 16th taking it out of the Telluride discussion entirely. The Aug. 16th date means no fall festival run of any kind...no Toronto, no Venice , no New York.
Rope of Silicon has the story:
Just as they did last year at Cannes, The Weinstein Company showed off footage from a number of the films they'll be highlighting in the fall for possible awards consideration. Last year's highlights included "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook". This year the presentation included: "The Immigrant", "Grace of Monaco", and "August;Osage County" among others. I have linked a slew of reports here:
LATE BREAKING NEWS
"Labor Day" on Christmas Day...Jason Reitman's new film has a Dec. 25 limited release date. That announcement came this weekend. I have high hopes that Mr. Reitman will return to Telluride after an absence since 2011's "Up in the Air". "Labor Day" stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. The story here from The Playlist (which also suggests that Telluride is a possibility):
"The Past" in our future?...I have thought for a long time that we had a relatively good chance of catching Asghar Farhadi's follow up to his Oscar winning "A Separation" in T-ride. The report from The Hollywood Reporter is that Sony Pictures Classics has landed the U.S. distribution makes it an even likelier proposition. Here's the THR story:
RUDDERLESS EN FRANCAIS...
Variety reported this weekend that William H. Macy directorial debut and Oklahoma set film "Rudderless" has been picked up for French distribution. The Variety post also featured a pic of stars Selena Gomez and who I think is Billy Crudup. Here's the link:
More on Thursday...