Thursday, March 28, 2013

"Monuments Views"/Oscar Moves/Cannes Hopes/The Sapphires/Wadaja Festivals On/Paradise Love Trailer

Good Thursday morning,


Just Jared has posted a number of photos from the set of the George Clooney directed, co-written and starring vehicle "The Monuments Men".  They feature Clooney and co-star Matt Damon.  You can access them here via Awards Daily:


The Academy Awards have been moved to March 2 for 2014 to avoid conflicting with the Winter Olympics.  That puts it a week later than it was this year.  The Oscars will reportedly move back to the last Sunday in February for 2015.  Check the story from The Wrap:


Guy Lodge at HitFix/InContention has posted his list of 10 films that he hopes/thinks will be Cannes choices.  You can see that post here:

Included on Lodge's list that I think have some Telluride potential:

"The Past"
"The Congress"
"Twelve Years a Slave"


Guy Lodge also continues his look at Wayne Blair's "The Sapphires".  Take a look:


"Wadjda", which is notable among other things for being a Saudi Arabian film directed by a woman, was highlighted at TFF #39 and now has been selected to open The Gulf Film Festival in Dubai.  That news came from Screen Daily:


Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise:Love" which played at TFF #39 has a trailer and is reportedly scheduled to open on April 26.  Here's that trailer:

More on Monday...

Monday, March 25, 2013

More on " Lynne Leaves a Gun"/Cannes' New Poster/Sapphires' O'Dowd

Good Monday morning...


There's a lot of speculation and back and forth vis-a-vis the departure of director Lynne Ramsay from "Jane Got a Gun" which as far as I know still stars Natalie Portman.  It does NOT star either Michael Fassbender or Jude Law as they have both bolted from the project.  It probably does star Joel Edgerton and probably is being directed by Gavin O'Connor.  It may star Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire or Jake Gyllenhall...or none of them.

All of this about a film that at one  point was likely to be on the Telluride #41 watch, who knows if it even gets completed.

I can tell you this, filming IS going on around Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I was in Santa Fe the past couple of days and film crew signage was up to direct cast and crew to locations near there so something appears to be going on amid all the turmoil.  And there reportedly has been a good deal of turmoil.  The Hollywood Reporter had a large post up this week about all of the problems that have bedeviled the project.  That is here:

The Playlist also delved into the story as well:

The Playlist also carried the story that Bridges, Maguire and Gyllenhall might be prospects to replace Law:

Stay tuned...


Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward class up the new poster released this week for the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.  Here's the poster:

And an accompanying story from The Wrap:


Wayne Blair's "The Sapphires" is finally in theaters (in limited release) and Chris O'Dowd, who is outstanding in the film, is getting a lot of love and attention for his work in the film.  Guy Lodge at HitFix/InContention has a nice profile of the Irish actor here:

More on Thursday...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Leigh and SPC/ Lynne Leaves a Gun/Sapphires and Killing

Good Thursday everyone...


Mike Leigh has a new project and Sony Pictures Classics has signed up to distribute.  That means that a likely Telluride film for the future is inn the drawing boards since both Leigh and SPC are common fixtures at the TFF.  Here are a slew of links to that story:


Meanwhile, another story that may, in fact, derail a film that had at least some Telluride potential.  I'm talking about "Jane Got a Gun" which, until Tuesday, was being directed by Lynne Ramsay as her follow up to "We Need to Talk About Kevin".  Here are a number of reports posted this week:


Included here, a new interview with Chris O'Dowd of "The Sapphires" which opens in limited release this weekend...go see it if you's pretty good.

Anne Thompson talks "The Act of Killing".  The Josh Oppenheimer documentary.  That post is here:

More Monday, have a great weekend!

Monday, March 18, 2013

More Cannes Spec/Ginger and Rosa Emerging

Good Monday morning.


The Cannes 66 guessing game continues with a very extensive post from the folks at The Playlist going up earlier this week that offers their best insights into the films that could play in France in May consequently providing us with a window to view potential Telluride players.  You can find that post here:

Among the lists I found these titles that I'd think might have the best chance at the Cannes/Telluride double play:

On their "Strong Contenders" list: "Lowlife", "The Past","Twelve Years a Slave" and "The Congress".

On their "Possibilities" list: "Blood Ties".

And no film on their "Long Shot" list appears to be particularly least for now.


As Sally Potter's "Ginger and Rosa" has been on the brink of release this last week it and its film makers and cast have been increasingly on display.  Here I have included a couple of posts about the film.  First from "Women and Hollywood" an interview with Potter from the Toronto Festival last fall:

And also from The Hollywood Reporter a profile of the film's star Elle Fanning:

"Ginger and Rosa" opened in limited release this past weekend.

More on Thursday...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Save the Dates/And Speaking of Cannes...

Good Thursday everyone...


I make the case frequently that Telluride is one of the five most influential/important film festivals on the planet...and sometimes people will ask me what the other four are...which is a good question, because they all have ramifications in as far as Telluride is concerned.  Additionally, they've all announced their dates which can give you a rough template about how films will jockey about and when.

Sundance, of course, has already happened. 

Sundance and Venice tend to be exclusive...though there are usually 2-3 films the cross-pollinate between Venice and Telluride.

Toronto tends to be inclusive...there is usually a good deal of overlap between Toronto and T-ride although there have been rumbles that that might be less true in the future.

New York tends to act in both capacities.  The NYFF will often have Telluride overlap, but it will also seek to snag 2-3 films exclusively.

Cannes #66 is scheduled for: May 15-26.

Venice is set for: Aug. 28-Sept. 7.

and Toronto is scheduled for: Sept. 5-15.

I think you could plausibly make the case that The New York Film Festival is the other possible "one of the five most..." film festivals on the planet and it, too, has an impact on what does and doesn't play at Telluride.  It's dates are: Sept. 27-Oct. 13.

So, for now, it's all about the Cannes fest and the choices those programmers make primarily for competition and the "Un Certain Regard" section.  They're are likely to be a number of films in those two Cannes categories that we'll see over Labor Day weekend.


The organizers of the 66th edition announced this week that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" will open the festival.  Seems a little weird that it is the choice as it will have opened here in the U.S. the weekend before.  Curious.

Nevertheless, Cannes is two months away and we're starting to see some serious speculation about possible films for competition and other parts of the program.  I've included two that were just posted within the last few days:

Here's's speculation:

It includes Telluride possibles such as: "Nebraska", "Twelve Years a Slave", "Blood Ties", "Lowlife" and "The Past".

Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon also posted a Cannes spec piece this week that builds on the Deadline post which I have linked here:

And so we await the Cannes announcement of the actual lineups to see what insights we can draw about the potential TFF #40 list of films.

More on Monday...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Oscar Matters: Another Oscar 2014 Speculation/Berlin Calling

Good Monday...


Brad Brevet of Rope of Silicon has tagged 40 films as potential Oscar players for the coming year.  These are the 10 on his list (which is pretty informative, by the way) that I think have the likeliest Telluride profile:

"12 Years a Slave"
"August Osage County"
"The Butler"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"The Fifth Estate"
"Labor Day"
"Lowlife" (The Nightingale)
"The Monuments Men"

You can find Brevet's complete set of films beginning here:


The Berlin International Film Festival is usually an interesting mix of films that have already released in the U.S. and foreign films that have yet to pop up in North America.  As the following list reveals, as of late, there are usually a couple of films that make their way from Berlin to Telluride.

2012: "Barbara" and "A Royal Affair"
2011: "A Separation", "The Turin Horse" and "Pina"
2010: None
2009: "Gigante" and "London River"
2008: "Happy Go Lucky" and "I've Loved You So Long"

So what might we see from this year's recently completed Berlin fest?

Here's the lineup from the just completed festival (Feb. 7-17, 2013):

In competition:
"Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn" ("A Long and Happy Life"), director Boris Khlebnikov.
"Prince Avalanche," David Gordon Green.
"Uroki Garmonii" ("Harmony Lessons"), Emir Baigazin.
"Vic+Flo ont vu un ours" ("Vic+Flo Saw a Bear"), Denis Cote.
"W imie ..." ("In the Name of"), Malgoska Szumowska.
"Camille Claudel 1915," Bruno Dumont.
"Elle s'en va" ("On my Way"), Emmanuelle Bercot.
"Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza" ("An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker"), Danis Tanovic.
"Gloria," Sebastian Lelio.
"Gold," Thomas Arslan.
"La Religieuse" ("The Nun"), Guillaume Nicloux.
"Layla Fourie," Pia Marais.
"The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," Fredrik Bond.
"Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin Haewon" ("Nobody's Daughter Haewon"), Hong Sangsoo.
"Paradies: Hoffnung" ("Paradise: Hope"), Ulrich Seidl.
"Parde" ("Closed Curtain"), Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi.
"Pozitia Copilului" ("Child's Pose"), Calin Peter Netzer.
"Promised Land," Gus Van Sant.
"Side Effects," Steven Soderbergh.
Out of competition:
"Before Midnight," Richard Linklater.
"Dark Blood," George Sluizer.
"Night Train to Lisbon," Bille August.
"The Croods," Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders.
"Yi dai zong shi" ("The Grandmaster"), Wong Kar Wai.

Trying to hit the bullseye of what films might come from Berlin's lineup isn't easy.  My best guesses: "Paradise: Hope"  (the third of a trilogy,  Paradise: Love" played at Telluride last year; the other is "Paradise: Faith"). "Gloria", "Closed Curtain" and "Camille Claudel 1915".

More on Thursday.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Telluride #39 Isn't Over/Another 2014 Oscar List


Good Thursday.


Films that were are a part of The SHOW lineup in 2012 are still rolling out and making news as they do.  Just this week we've seen the first trailer for Sarah Polley's very well received documentary "Stories We Tell".  I've posted a couple of stories that accompanied that film's roll out from The Playlist as well as Rope of Silicon:

As you cab see ROS writer Brad Brevet thinks "Stories" is already a Best Doc contender for next year's Oscars.

I've posted the trailer from YouTube:

Another documentary that got a lot of attention at TFF #39 was Dror Moreh's "The Gatekeepers" which was Oscar nominated but dropped to "Searching for Sugarman".  Moreh has been a gadfly as he has been promoting the film.  I've linked interview's with the director from Vice and PBS:

Here's the trailer for it too:

And in an effort to be a full service Telluride Film Blog, "At Any Price", the Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron melodrama has released an official poster:


I've linked an accompanying story from


HitFix has put together a gallery featuring 25 films that the staff thinks have 2014 Oscar potential.  What's on it?

The not complete list includes: 

"August: Osage County**", "Captain Phillips"**, "The Counselor", "Diana"**,  "The Fifth Estate**", "Foxcatcher"**,"Inside Llewyn Davis", "Labor Day"**, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"**, "The Monuments Men", "A Most Wanted Man"**, "Nebraska"**, "Oldboy"**and "Twelve Years a Slave".

Those films with an ** are some of the films on the HitFix list that they think have at least a theoretical chance of playing at Telluride.

The complete gallery is here:

That's it for now, more on Monday.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

The World Hears About TFF #40's Fifth Day (and its new theater)/Oscar Post-Mortems/

Good Monday morning to all of you...


The Telluride Film Festival announced this past week that:

A) This year will be their 40th Anniversary.
B) That an extra day has been added to the schedule as a part of the anniversary will start on Thursday, Aug. 29th this year.  We knew that as the festival head honchos told us at the opening day press gathering last September.
C) That there will be a new 650 seat theater venue...we've known that was in the works for awhile too.  It will be a re-modeled Hanley Pavilion in Telluride Town Park and will be named in honor of Telluride advisor-guest-presenter-guru-gadfly Werner Herzog.  (I saw one tweet this week suggesting the Theater be nicknamed "Der Werner".   I'm suggesting we call it "The Zog!").
D) Passes are now on sale for TFF #40.

The thing is, it was all officially announced this week and the film world took a good deal of notice.

Here's the press release from TFF and VP of Press Relations Shannon Goodwin Mitchell:


New 650 Seat Werner Herzog Theatre to be Complete for 2013 Edition

Berkeley, CA – Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, announces its 40th Anniversary set to run August 29 – September 2, 2013. An additional day of festivities has been added to the usual four-day Festival, making room for a five-day bounty of special programming and festivities. The National Film Preserve is a not-for-profit arts and educational organization that annually presents the Telluride Film Festival.

Festival passes will be available for purchase beginning tomorrow, March 1, 2013. Festival passes may be purchased at Pass levels and descriptions may also be found on the Festival’s website. Pricing will not increase given the additional day in 2013.

Telluride Film Festival, along with the Town of Telluride, is also pleased to announce it is creating a new venue in time for its 40th Anniversary celebration. The Werner Herzog Theatre will be situated in Telluride’s Town Park Pavilion and become the Festival’s most technologically advanced theatre accommodating 650 pass holders. Telluride Film Festival is committed to present not only the best quality films but in the most state of the art manner. TFF is also committed to maximizing pass holder enjoyment, valuing its intimate, relaxed atmosphere and will not be expanding its 2013 pass holder base.

In keeping with Festival tradition, Telluride Film Festival does not announce its program in advance, though the 40th promises to be a grand reunion highlighting all the elements of the last forty years. During this special edition of the SHOW, the Festival is thrilled it will be able to showcase its technical excellence and provide its pass holders and sponsors the highest level of service while presenting the world’s greatest films and filmmakers.

“The 40th celebration is our chance to thank and honor the founders, filmmakers and audience who have helped us create such a beloved cultural institution,” said Telluride Film Festival Executive Director Julie Huntsinger. “We are inspired every day by the cinematic genius that surrounds us and look forward to sharing the best of that on this very special occasion.”

For more information about attending Telluride Film Festival, visit

About Telluride Film Festival
The prestigious Telluride Film Festival ranks among the world’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics. TFF is considered a major launching ground for the fall season’s most talked-about films. Co-founded in 1974 by Tom Luddy, James Card, and Bill and Stella Pence, Telluride Film Festival, presented in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, is a four-day international educational event celebrating the art of film. Telluride Film Festival’s long-standing commitment is to join filmmakers and film connoisseurs together to experience great cinema. The exciting schedule, kept secret until Opening Day, consists of over two dozen filmmakers presenting their newest works, special Guest Director programs, three major Tributes to guest artists, special events and remarkable treasures from the past. Telluride Film Festival is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit educational program. Festival headquarters are in Berkeley, CA.

About Our Sponsors
Telluride Film Festival is supported by Land Rover North America, Turner Classic Movies, Ernst & Young, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association,, Universal Studios, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Américas Film Conservancy, Pine Ridge Winery, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Telluride Alpine Lodging, Meyer Sound, The London Hotel Group, ShopKeep POS, The Hollywood Reporter, Dolby, Crumpler, Boston Light and Sound, among others.

And here's some of the coverage that press release engendered:


Kris Tapley and Anne Thompson dissect last week's Oscars on Oscar Talk:
Awards Daily's Sasha Stone does the same on her Oscar Podcast:


The Hollywood Reporter posted its first spec piece about 2014 Oscar possibilities this week.  Yes, The body of the 85th Oscar ceremony was still warm.  Nevertheless, that's where I'll start with the speculation, analysis and guesswork for TFF #40.  The entire THR story is here:

But here's a quick rundown of the films that they include:
"August: Osage County"
"Captain Phillips"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Monuments Men"
"Saving Mr. Banks"
"Wolf of Wall Street"

So...what can I say about these 9 prospects?

Count on "Nebraska" being in Telluride.  Alexander Payne's new film with Bruce Dern and Will Forte will play.  Payne has become a T-ride regular after having guest directed and subsequently debuting "The Descendants" there.

Pic from "August: Osage County"

I suspect that there is at least some chance that we could see either (or both) "Monuments Men" and "August: Osage County".  That speculation is based in part on the George Clooney connection to both of those projects (producer on "August" and Producer-writer-director-actor on "Monuments").  Clooney was a tributee in 2011 and cannot have been displeased that "Argo", which he also co-produced, debuted at Telluride and went on to win Best Picture. Additionally, "August" is being distributed by The Weinstein Company which has had a presence at Telluride for some time including "The Sapphires", "Butter", "The Artist" and "The King's Speech".
Count "Foxcatcher" as a weak "Maybe".  It's directed by Bennett Miller and co-written by Dan Futterman who had great success with "Capote" at TFF in 2005.  So, that gives it a little shine...bur Bennett's last film "Moneyball" didn't play Telluride and "Foxcatcher's" distributor, Columbia, hasn't been a player at there.
Also in the incredibly weak "Maybe" column: "Wolf of Wall Street".  The Martin Scorsese directed film could conceivably show up because he's been there before and reportedly will have a Roger Ebert documentary, "Life Itself", that he executive produced playing as a part of the SHOW.  Here's that post from December:
Unlikely:  Both Tom Hanks projects: "Saving Mr. Banks" and "Captain Phillips" lack any real Telluride connections/characteristics.  
Also unlikely is the Coen Brothers new picture "Inside Llewyn Davis".  The Coen's are likely to be included in the Cannes lineup and that might be the only festival play for the film.  One quick note that does give a tiny ray of hope is that one of the films production companies is Scott Rudin Productions which has had an occasional presence in T-ride including "Frances Ha" last year as well  "Margot at the Wedding".  Though, admittedly, that's a Noah Baumbach connection more than a Scott Rudin connection.
And "Fruitvale" is off the table as it premiered at Sundance.
That's all for now...More on Thursday...

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