Thursday, July 25, 2013

Venice Looming/Armstrong Lie

Good Thursday Everyone...


The Venice Film Festival is set to announce their lineup today so just as I did on Tuesday, there will be a double post today.  I'll be posting some thoughts about want the Venice lineup might mean for Telluride's program a little later today.  Meanwhile, here's an analysis of the films that ave doubled up between Telluride and Venice over the past 8 years:

Films in the last seven years that have played at both Telluride and Venice.

2012: "At Any Price", "Stories We Tell", "The Iceman", "Superstar"
2011: "Shame", "A Dangerous Method", "Crazy Horse", "Diana Vreelend: The Eye Has to Travel"
2010: "A Letter to Elia", "Black Swan"
2009: "Terra Madre", "Life During Wartime", "My Son My Son What Have Ye Done", "The Road"
2007: "I'm Not There", "Redacted"
2006: "Infamous", "The U.S. vs. John Lennon"
2005: "Brokeback Mountain", "Edmond", "Everything is Illuminated"

The last seven years have seen 21 films play in both Telluride and Venice so you could reasonably expect 3 films will share the two festivals.  The trick is trying to figure out which three.

We already know that Alfonso Curaon's "Gravity" is Venice's opening film.  Terry Gilliam has let slip that his "The Zero Theorem" will play in competition.  We have seen/heard strong indications that "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (His and Hers)" is a likely selection.  Venice usually programs about 60ish films with 20 or so in competition and the rest relegated to other categories.

From Toronto's announcement on Tuesday we know some notable films listed as "World Premieres" translates to: "They won't be playing Venice":

"12 Years a Slave", "August: Osage County", "The Fifth Estate", "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom", "The Railway Man", "Dallas Buyers Club", "The Devil's Knot", "Dom Hemingway", "The Invisible Woman", "Labor Day", "Prisoners", "Le Weekend", and "You Are Here".

Let's see what happens later this morning.  I WILL POST AGAIN LATER TODAY with Venice news.


News yesterday that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the Alex Gibney directed documentary about the unraveling of Lance Armstrong's career.  That immediately brought suggestions from some quarters that the film was an instant possibility to play Telluride.

That sounds about right to me too.  Frank Marshall is one of the films producers and he has a close relationship with the fest as does it is a real possibility.

Here's the story from a couple of sources:

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More later today...

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