Monday, July 8, 2013

Brits Produce/Mads Mikkelsen: The Hunt/Wadjda Trailer

Good Monday to All.  I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend.


Two weeks ago, I was looking at domestic distributors that seem to be frequently represented at the Telluride Film Festival.  Last week I focused on smaller scale domestic distributors and a group of individuals that also have a frequent presence.  This week I'm going to be looking at European film production companies that seem to pop up in film credits at Telluride with some frequency.

Today and tomorrow will be centered on the British. The end of the week on the French (and maybe one other).

But let's start with the U.K.:


Here's what I have been able to track down from the last half decade vis-a-vis BBC Films at Telluride:

2008: Millions
2009: Fish Tank, Bright Star, An Education
2010: The First Grader, Tamara Drewe
2011: We Have to Talk About Kevin
2012: Ginger and Rosa

BBC Films most likely Telluride offerings for 2013 would include:

"The Invisible Woman" and "Philomena".  There actually seems to have been a backwards confirmation for "The Invisible Woman" as a TFF #40 film according to a Daily Mail story from June 27:

"Philomena" has also been fairly high on my list of Telluride possibles.  I wouldn't be surprised if both films make the cut  for The SHOW.


This British production house has an even more prevalent profile for Telluride over the past decade than BBC Films does, although they were shut out in 2012.

The UK Film Council track record over the past decade:

2003: Intermission, Touching the Void
2004: Enduring Love, Merchant of Venice
2006: Venus, The Last King of Scotland, Deep Water
2007: When Did You Last See Your Father, Brick Lane
2008: Happy-Go-Lucky
2009: Fish Tank, Bright Star
2010: Tamara Drewe, The King's Speech
2011: Shame, We Need to Talk About Kevin

So They've been represented in 8 of the last 10 years and often with 2 films in those years that they have been represented.  The trouble is that there doesn't seem to be a lot to chose from in the UK Film Council pantheon of films at the moment.

Maybe the most likely is Kevin Macdonald's "How I Live Now".  Macdonald, at one point, was often represented at Telluride but hasn't had a film play TFF since 2007's "My Enemy's Enemy".  The film stars Saoirse Ronan.

We could see Ken Loach's documentary about WWII Britain, "The Spirit of '45".  It played the Berlin Fest.

The third (and least likely possibility from my perspective) is Jonathan Glazer's highly anticipated "Under the Skin" starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien in human form.


"How I Live Now" 50%
"Spirit of 45" 30%
"Under the Skin" 15%

Tomorrow I'll take a look at Film4 and Film Four...


TFF #39 Tributee and current buzz-meister (for his role as Hannibal Lecter on NBC's "Hannibal"), Mads Mikkelsen was something of a rarity at last year's fest as he was the lead in 2 films: "A Royal Affair" and "The Hunt".  He was also the lead in Cannes competition film "Michael Kolhaus".  Anne Thompson sat down with the very busy actor while he was in Telluride and talked to him.  Thompson posted the interview on her Thompson on Hollywood site this past week.  Here it is:


This past week The Playlist highlighted the release of the trailer for this ground breaking Saudi film that was featured at TFF #39.  Here's the link to that post with the trailer included:

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