Friday, July 26, 2013

Ten Bets #5/Venice Re-Post/Multiple Photos/Enough Said/Invitation/

Good Friday Everyone...


What a crazed week this has been with the first wave of announcements for Toronto and the main announcement for Venice.  That news has dominated the film world this week (much as Comic Con news the week before).  With those announcements, we can at least pretend that there are clues about the Telluride Film Festival.  We're also armed with Telluride-y analysis from Kris Tapley (HitFix/InContention), Jeff Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere) and Pete Hammond (Deadline).  That leads me to this week's new "Ten Bets" list.  Let's review last week's list:

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

Here are this week's "Ten Bets" for Telluride:

1) Nebraska
2) The Invisible Woman
3) The Immigrant
4) The Past
5) Inside Llewyn Davis
6) Labor Day
7) The Unknown Known
8) The Story of Children and Film
9) Blue is the Warmest Color
10) The Lunchbox

Lurking just below these "Ten Bets": "Aguirre: The Wrath of God", All is Lost", "Captain Phillips", "12 Years a Slave", "Like Father Like Son", "Life Itself", "Quay d'Orsay", "Philomena", "Heli", "Only Lovers Left Alive", "The Good Lie".


Here's another look at what I wrote yesterday in light of the Venice Film Festival lineup announcement:

In Competition:

The Rooftops
Miss Violence
Via Castellana Bandiera
Tom at the Farm
Child of God

La Jalousie

The Zero Theorem
Ana Arabia
Under the Skin
The Police Officer’s Wife
Kaze Tachinu

The Unknown Known
Sacro Gra
Stray Dogs

Out of Competition:

Space Pirate Captain Harlock
Wolf Creek 2
Home from Home
The Canyons
Che Strano Chiamarsi Federico Scola Racconta Fellini
Walesa: Man of Hope

And a couple of documentaries to notice from that portion of Venice’s program:

The Armstrong Lie
At Berkeley

Here’s my take.  As noted, Venice and Telluride usually share 3-4 titles.  From this morning’s announcement the most likely this year (at least from my perspective) are:

The Armstrong Lie
The Unknown Known
The Zero Theorem

Still in the wind now after TIFF and Venice announcements: "Captain Phillips", "Saving Mr. Banks", "The Wolf of Wall Street", , "The Monuments Men", "The Counselor", "Grace of Monaco", "Diana", "Out of the Furnace"and "Foxcatcher".

Makes you wonder where or if any or all of these will land.  My bet right now is that New York gets "Wolf of Wall Street".  I've also been hearing that "Out of the Furnace" may forgo the festival scene entirely.  The "no fest" strategy could also be true for any of the films listed above, though there does seem to be some belief that "Captain Phillips" might well play in the San Juans.

Should be interesting over the next 5 weeks as we try to figure this out.

Here are some links to this morning's Venice coverage:


With the announcement of so much fall festival news, there has been a flood of new images from a number of films that have Telluride potential.  Here's a look at some of those that emerged this week:

Dallas Buyers Club:

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her

Dom Hemingway

The Invisible Woman

Life of Crime


The Railway Man

You Are Here



The Los Angeles Times reports that Fox Searchlight has set the release date for "Enough Said" for Sept. 20th.  The film stars the late James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and as directed by Nicole Holofcener was announced earlier this week as a selection of the Toronto International Film Festival.  The Times story does drop the hint that "the film is also considered a likely selection as a sneak preview for the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend."

Check "Enough said" out at IMDb:

Here's the link to the story in the L.A. Times:


I've been holding back on this for a little bit because I/we weren't sure (and we really still aren't exactly sure) how we would configure it this year because of the added day for the festival but, nonetheless and after careful consideration, I can INVITE YOU to "The 3rd annual Guide to the Ride/Flow of the SHOW".  We will be doing our meet and greet for Telluride Film Festival fans who take an interest in this blog.  

Details are still to be worked out, though it is likely to be Thursday, Aug. 29th...the first day of the fest rather than on Friday.  Plans are to hold it at The River Club once again and I expect refreshments to be provided.
I'll pass on more as the weekend's organizational structure becomes clearer over the next few weeks.

Hope you can come.  We've had some fun and good conversation over the past couple of years and I'm pleased our hosts, Mitzi and Larry Mallard and The River Club have offered again.  

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More tomorrow...

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