The legend, Lauren Bacall
Today's sadness is the passing of 89 year old legend Lauren Bacall...you know how to whistle, don't you?
NEW YORK ANNOUNCES MAIN SLATE: WHAT OT TELLS US
The New York Film Festival announced its main slate of films yesterday and we can read their choices and the designations of their premiere status and come to some conclusions...most of which we had already come to. "New York Premiere" status seems to be the key designation and it essentially confirms "Birdman", "Foxcatcher" (after a brief bit of confusion yesterday about the way the NYFF folks listed its premiere status-the email that was sent to the media listed it as a NY Premiere but for a few minutes, the fest's website listed it as a U.S. premiere. That was corrected quickly.), "Mr. Turner" and "Two Days, One Night".
There were a couple of "New York premieres" that still seem doubtful for Telluride: "Listen Up Phillip" played Sundance, so that explains its status. Alian Resnais "Life of Reilly" is also listed as a NY Premiere but is closing the Montreal fest on Sept. 1...seems like a close shave...but also a possible Telluride play.
Another "NY Premiere" that seems to now have Telluride potential is "71" starring Jack O'Connell (who will also be starring this Oscar season in Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" and who was in last year's TFF selection "Starred Up". I had mentioned the possibility of "71" a couple of times. I said on July 8th that "I could see it popping up as a part of the TFF #41 program". I also mentioned it way back in February as I was evaluating what had transpired at the Berlin Festival.
Finally, there's Jean Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language 3D" that New York chose today (it played at Cannes) and is listed as a "NY Premiere". Seems like it could be headed to Telluride as well.
Here's the complete main slate from the NYFF email today:
The 52nd New York Film Festival Main Slate
Opening Night Gala Selection
Director: David Fincher
Centerpiece Gala Selection
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Closing Night Gala Selection
BIRDMAN OR THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
BELOVED SISTERS (Die geliebten Schwestern)
Director: Dominik Graf
THE BLUE ROOM (La chambre bleue)
Director: Mathieu Amalric
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
Director: Olivier Assayas
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Director: Bennett Miller
GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Adieu au langage)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT
Directors: Josh & Benny Safdie
HILL OF FREEDOM (Jayuui Eondeok)
Director: Hong Sang-soo
HORSE MONEY (Cavalo Dinheiro)
Director: Pedro Costa
Director: Lisandro Alonso
LIFE OF RILEY (Aimer, boire et chanter)
Director: Alain Resnais
LISTEN UP PHILIP
Director: Alex Ross Perry
MAPS TO THE STARS
Director: David Cronenberg
Director: Asia Argento
Director: Mike Leigh
Director: Abel Ferrara
THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE (La Princesa de Francia)
Director: Matías Piñeiro
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Director: Eugène Green
Director: Yann Demange
TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER
Director: Nick Broomfield
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
TIME OUT OF MIND
Director: Oren Moverman
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Deux jours, une nuit)
Directors: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
TWO SHOTS FIRED (Dos Disparos)
Director: Martín Rejtman
Director: Damien Chazelle
THE WONDERS (Le meraviglie)
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Finally, notice the absence of the absent. By that I mean that the entirety of the list that I published Tuesday as being MIA from Toronto are also MIA for New York. That list again is:
"Kill the Messenger"
Meanwhile, in Anne Thompson's story about the NYFF announcement, she adds fuel to the notion that "The Homesman" could also play Telluride. Check her story here:
New York also tells us that some things that we have thought might be potential Telluride choices will not be. For example, Mathieu Amalric's "The Blue Room", Alice's Rohrwacher's "The Wonders" and Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent".
Finally, there are still nascent whisperings that Sony Pictures Classics Sundance presentation "Whiplash" has a chance to play Telluride. Would be cool with me.
REESE IS BUSY
We're pretty sure that Jean Marc Vallee's "Wild" starring Reese Witherspoon is going to play at The SHOW. I've been saying that I think that there is a real possibility that she gets one of the three tributes. She could also end up Oscar nominated thrice this season...yup...three times. "How?" you ask. Think of her as a producer as well as an actress. HitFix/InContention's Kristopher Tapley explains:
FURY IS PLAYING SOME FESTIVAL
Brad Pitt and "Fury" will assault London
The London Film Festival has announced that David Ayers "Fury" will close that festival on Oct. 19. That's the first announced/scheduled fest date for the film starring Brad Pitt.
I had reported yesterday that Kristopher Tapley had reported that he has been told that "Telluride and Toronto was never in the cards" but any number of other film news outfits still think it's a possibility.
There was some flurry of speculation on social media yesterday that the London announcement signaled that "Fury" might still be in the cards for either Telluride or Toronto or both especially with the note in the announcement that London would be its "European Premiere".
Of course, Sony moved its domestic release date up to Oct. 17th earlier this week so the "European Premiere" designation doesn't really provide any tea leaf to read.
Overall, I still think it's rather unlikely for The SHOW.
Here are stories about the selection from The Hollywood Reporter and Variety:
More tomorrow...including an updated "Ten Bets" list...
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