Monday, March 7, 2016

Telluride's Oscar History (Some of it Anyway) / The Berlin Fest and Telluride / Tickets for Sale!

Good Monday all...

Hope you had a great weekend...


I think there is sometimes a belief/narrative that the current run of Best Picture winners that have made their way through Telluride on their way to Oscar glory have indicated that the Telluride and Oscars connection is a very recent phenomenon.  Though the connection has expanded and become stronger in recent years (since 2008's Slumdog Millionaire landslide), the connection between TFF and Oscar Best Picture nominees goes way back to the very beginning of the festival and began to accelerate through the 90's and becoming a common occurrence beginning 16 years ago.

Here's what I mean.  Here are the Best Picture nominees year-by-year that played at Telluride. (*indicates a Best Picture winner):

1974: (Telluride's first year) The Conversation
1989: My Left Foot
1992: The Crying Game
1993: The Piano
1996: Secrets and Lies
2000: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2003: Lost in Translation
2004: Finding Neverland
2005: Brokeback Mountain, Capote
2006: Babel
2007: Juno, There Will Be Blood (selected scenes)
2008: Slumdog Millionaire*, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (selected scenes)
2009: An Education, Up in the Air (expanded BP Field)
2010: The King's Speech*, 127 Hours, Black Swan
2011: The Artist*, The Descendants
2012: Argo*, Amour
2013: 12 Years a Slave*, Gravity, Nebraska
2014: Birdman*, The Imitation Game
2015: Spotlight*, Room

That's a total of 31 Best Picture nominations over TFF's 42 years and 23 of those since 2005 and, of course, the Best Picture winner for six straight years and seven of the last eight.  At least one film from the Telluride lineup has been Best Picture nominated every year since 2003.


The 2016 Berlin International Film Festival concluded on Feb. 20 but with all the Oscar hoopla, it got a little lost in the shuffle.  Why does it matter?  Because there will almost certainly be 1-3 films that played the Berlin programs that will screen for the first time in North America at Telluride.  Last year, three Berlin films made their way to T-ride after having bowed originally in Berlin: Taxi, 45 Years and Ixcanul.  In the recent past Telluride has seen '71, Gloria, Barbara, and A Royal Affair after they had originated in Berlin.

So, what films made a splash at this year's Berlin fest that could possibly appear over Labor Day weekend in southwest Colorado?

A number of Berlin prize winners have a real chance.  This year's Golden Bear winner was a refugee documentary chosen by a Meryl Streep led jury.  Gianfranco Rosi' Fire at Sea was picked up for U.S. distribution this week by Kino Lorber (story below).  Kino has had a presence at Telluride in the past with last year's Golden Bear winner, Taxi, being a recent example.  So call Fire at Sea a real possibility.

Also, Mia Hansen Love won Best Director for her Things to Come which is being distributed by Sundance Selects and Trine Dyrholm won Best Actress for Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune which does not currently have a U.S. distributor but considering Vinterberg's recent presence at Telluride (The Hunt in 2012) should be a consideration in our Telluride guessing game.


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We git the invitation/notice in the email this week.  Telluride 2016 passes went onsale to the public on Mar. 1.  Here's the text of the email.

Dear SHOWfriend:
Join us for the 43rd Telluride Film Festival this Labor Day Weekend Friday, September 2nd through Monday, September 5th, 2016.
Our online Box Office for Cinephile, Acme and Festival level passes opens today Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 at 9AM PST. We have sold out of Patron Passes.  We make them available for purchase each year on December 1st, and they sold very quickly.
You need to provide a headshot for your pass — take the time now to scan that special shot, or better yet take a selfie with your camera phone. Any picture that is a close-up of your face will do.
A downloadable order form is also available upon request. We'll still need those gorgeous photos.
If you have any questions on the best way to order your pass, or other general inquiries regarding the Festival, give us a call at 510.665.9494.
We are deeply grateful for your generosity and continuous support. Thank you, and see you at the SHOW!

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