THE GUARDIAN PREDICTS
Britain's The Guardian posted a "40 Films We Predict Will Premiere at Venice, Toronto or Telluride" story yesterday. The predix offer some surprises. Breaking it down: the article bresks the 40 films into three categories-Dead Certs, Quite Likely and If It's Ready.
The piece names Telluride as a specific possibility for two films that we already know will play somewhere before the BFI/London Fest owing to their status their as European premieres: A United Kingdom and The Queen of Katwe. United Kingdom seems to me to be the more likely T-ride player of the two. Venice is listed as a specific designated fest probability for Planetarium while Toronto is listed for A United Kingdom, The Queen of Katwe, The Girl on the Train, Free Fire and The Seagull.
Among their "Dead Certs" the best Telluride potentials look like: Denial (from Bleeker Street which partnered with Netflix last year on Beats of No Nation), One or the other of TWC's The Founder or Lion and Arrival. Outside T-ride shots in this category: The Secret Scripture, The Mercy and the Malick double play of Weightless and The Voyage of Time.
Interestingly, The Guardian lists Warren Beatty's Rules Don;t Apply in the Dead Cert category which is very intriguing,
In the Quite Likely category you'll fins Telluride possibilities such as HHhH and Gold (the other two Weinstein fall films...at least for the moment), 20th Century Women, War Machine (from Netflix), Wilson and How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
Among the "If It's Ready" films I don't find anything that's A) likely to be ready and B) if it is, likely to be a Telluride bound...though I'd really like to put in a word for Miss Sloane.
It's worth noting that The Guardian sponsored TFF #42.
Check the complete article here:
THE EURO PRODUCERS: THE FRENCH-CINECINEMA/CINE+
CineCinema changed over to Cine+ within the last few years but it's all the same. This production company has often been represented at Telluride over the last few years:
2005: Lemming, Live and Become
2006: The Page Turner, Indigenes
2007: The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
2008: With a Little Help from Myself
2009: Farewell, Coco Before Chanel, A Prophet, Inferno
2010: The Illusionist, The Princess of Montpensier, Of Gods and Men
2011: Goodbye First Love, The Kid with a Bike, Le Havre, The Artist
2012: Rust and Bone, Superstar, The Attack, Amour
2013: The Past, Blue is the Warmest Color, Le Maison de la Radio
2014: The Gate. The Price of Fame, Two Days One Night, Diplomacy
The best opportunities for Cine+ to play Telluride this year is Slack Bay. After that their slate doesn't look, at this point, to offer a lot of other possibilities.
FENCES SWINGS FOR THE FENCES
Fences still from Deadline.com
We missed mentioning this acouple of days ago but Denzel Washington's adaptation of August Wilson's Fences has been dated for an awards season qualifying time frame. Mutiple reports put the film which Washington both directs and stars in as being released in a limited fashion on Dec. 16 and then going wider on Dec. 25. Fences is from Paramount which is loaded with titles for this awards season. In addition to Fences they have Allied, Arrival and Silence.
Admittedly, Fences is an unlikely Telluride film...but you never know...
Coverage of the Fences date announcement:
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