Thursday, May 5, 2016

Bleed for This Enters the Conversation / Counting Down to Cannes / Cannes Schedule

Hello All on the first Thursday in May...


Still from Ben Younger's Bleed for This via The Awards Watch

A couple of outlets reported this week that Ben Younger's Bleed for This starring Miles Teller (Whiplash, The Spectacular Now) will be released in limited fashion on Nov. 4 and go wide on Nov. 23.  

I take notice of this as it lands the somewhat under-the-radar film smack in the middle of the awards season.  Add that to the fact that its distributor is Open Road, which managed a Telluride screening last year for a little picture called Spotlight (Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay plus another four nominations) and you begin to think that we ought to consider Bleed for This as a possible TFF #43 entry.

One other piece of info to add to the circumstantial pile is that the film is Executive Produced, in part, by Martin Scorsese who has been represented at Telluride recently in that capacity with a number of films, albeit documentaries- The 50 Year Argument, A Letter to Elia, George Harrison-Living in the Material World.

Of late, it had appeared, again circumstantially, that all of Open Roads awards chips seemed to be with Oliver Stone's Snowden but this week's announcement implies that they may have another card up their sleeve.

Here is coverage of the release from Variety, Screen Daily and The Awards Circuit:


The 69th Cannes Film Festival is set to open one week from today.  As I have often reminded MTFB readers, there is usually a substantial crossover between Cannes and the Telluride lineup.  Over the past decade the average has been 7.2 films that share the Cannes/Telluride lineage.

General notes to consider in addition to the 7.2 average are that the majority of the films that crossover each year tend to come from the Palme d'Or competition slate, though they can come from almost any section of the Cannes lineup.  

The Palme d'Or winner isn't an automatic Telluride inclusion.  Last year's Dheepan from Telluride semi-regular Jacques Audiard did not make the trip to the San Juans.  The 2014 winner, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep also was a no go for Telluride in 2014.  However, the Palme winners for both 2012 and 2013 - Amour and Blue is the Warmest Color-did come to T-ride.  So, one might surmise that we might be due another Palme winner this year.

Another factor to keep in mind is the critical response.  Strong positive critical reaction is often an indicator that Telluride may be in the future of a Cannes film.

So stay tuned to what happens in France between now and the Cannes closing in May 22.  Almost assuredly, several of the films that make waves there will be making their way to southwest Colorado in September.

Both Indiewire and Ioncinema posted Cannes previews this week.  Here they are:


Hot off the press, here is the pdf of he schedule in Cannes:

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