Friday, July 12, 2013

Ten Bets #3/Le French Finale/Hope You Have Your Ticket/Sciretta's Reasons

Good Friday Everyone...


Here's your weekly look at what I think are the ten most likely films to play at this year's Telluride Film Festival beginning with a look at last weeks' Ten Bets:

1) Nebraska
2) The Invisible Woman
3) The Past
4) The Unknown Known
5) A Story of Children and Film
6) Daughter of the Dawn
7) The Immigrant
8) Aguirre: The Wrath of God
9) Labor Day
10) The Selfish Giant

This weeks' Ten Bets are:

1) Nebraska
2) The Invisible Woman
3) The Story of Children and Film
4) The Past
5) The Unknown Known
6) Daughter of the Dawn
7) Aguirre: The Wrath of God
8) The Immigrant
9) Labor Day
10) The Lunchbox

The rotating tenth spot goes this week to a Sony Pictures Classic film.  Other films floating just below these Ten Bets are:

The Selfish Giant, Like Father Like Son, Life Itself, Only Lovers Left Alive, Blue is the Warmest Color, Young and Beautiful, 12 Years a Slave, Philomena, Heli and Quai d'Orsay.


A look at our final couple of French production companies that have had some Telluride connection in the past as I try to divine what they might have in store for us over Labor Day weekend.

CINE+ (CINECINEMA) and the same...

CineCinema changed over to Cine+ within the last two years or so but it's all the same.  This production company has often been represented at Telluride over the last few years:

2005: Lemming, Live and Become
2006: The Page Turner, Indigenes
2007: The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
2008: With a Little Help from Myself
2009: Farewell, Coco Before Chanel, A Prophet, Inferno
2010: The Illusionist, The Princess of Montpensier, Of Gods and Men
2011: Goodbye First Love, The Kid with a Bike, Le Havre, The Artist
2012: Rust and Bone, Superstar, The Attack, Amour

Over eight years Cine+(CineCinema) has participated in 21 TFF films, an average of 2-3 per year but trending toward four in three of the last four years.  What do they have in the wings that could play this year?

"Blue is the Warmest Color", "Mood Indigo", "The Past", "Les Saluds", and "The Great Beauty" seem to be the most likely suspects.  Of the five I think "The Past" is the most likely followed by "Blue", "Great Beauty" then "Les Saluds" and "Mood Indigo".


Another Franco production outfit that has had persistent presence in Telluride is arte France Cinema.  Their track record looks like this:

2003: Dogville
2004: The Weeping Meadow
2005: The Child, Cache, Paradise Now
2006: Day Night Day Night
2008: O'Horten
2011: Le Havre, Goodbye First Love

You can see that arte France Cinema has had a spotty history at T-ride but they do have their hand in four possible Telluride players for this year:

"Michael Kohlhaas"
"Bastards/Les Saluds"
"Camille Claudell: 1915"
"My Sweet Pepper Land"

I'd put all of these at 25% to show at The SHOW.


Word arrived from the SHOW last night that the tickets (passes) are SOLD OUT.  All of them.  Cinephile, Acme, Festival and Patron level.  The press release does say that Sponsor packages are still available.  It seems to me that the excitement about the 40th rendition has spurred attendance.

Here's the link to the press release:


SlashFilms Peter Sciretta posted "Four Reasons I attend The Telluride Film Festival last year just prior to TFF#39.  This week someone re-tweeted the link to it and it seemed like a cool article to re-visit:

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More tomorrow...

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