Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jonathan Demme Remembered / Judging Cannes / Inarritu Talks VR in NY / 30th Telluride Film Festival Re-visited

It is Thursday, April 27, 2017...No really...it s.


JONATHAN DEMME REMEMBERED




The news of Jonathan Demme's death yesterday was a shock.  He was 73, so I suppose, in terms of age, it isn't that anomalous but Demme always seemed so vital that he didn't seem to be 73.

Demme's best known work was the five Oscar winner Silence of the Lambs.  I was a huge fan of the Thomas Harris book long before it became a film and when it came out in 1991 I was skeptical that anyone could make the film version stand up to the novel.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It's one of those rare films that succeeds as well as its source material.  Demme (and screenwriter Ted Talley) proved me wrong.  

Demme won an Oscar for direction and the film won Best Picture as well as Adapted Screenplay, Actress (Jodie Foster) and Actor (Anthony Hopkins).  It became the first film since One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) to win the Big Five Oscars.

Demme also had other memorable efforts including Philadelphia and Something Wild.

In 1987 his documentary effort Haiti Dreams of Democracy appeared as a part of the 14th TFF screening on Telluride Community Television.

Indiewire marked Demme's passing yesterday with this profile and with this reminiscence from Barry Jenkins.



JUDGING CANNES



The official announcement of jurors for the Plame d'Or for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has been revealed.

We already knew that the jury would be presided over by Pedro Almodovar and it had slipped that actress Jessica Chastain would be a jury member as well.  The group was completed yesterday with the official confirmation of Chastain along with actor (and surprise choice) Will Smith as well as directors Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden), Paolo Sorrentino (Youth).  Additional members of the jury are Fan Bingbing, Agnes Jaoui and musician Gabriel Yared.

As always, the jury composition is eclectic and varied.  Where will they land for the Palme.




INARRITU TALKS VR IN NY



Alejandro Inarritu's virtual reality project Carne y Arena is set to play at Cannes and this week the Oscar winning director was in New York as a member of a Tribeca Film Festival conversation focused on VR and his project.

I'd be very interested should TFF chose to invite Inarritu and present the project over Labor Day weekend but the challenges are interesting.  

Here's coverage of the Inarritu convo from Tribeca from Entertainment Weekly as well as from Indiewire.


30TH TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL RE-VISITED



MTFB's continuing project focused on the past programs from the Telluride Film Festival reviews the program from TFF #30 (Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2003)

Here are the highlights:

TFF #30 Program-Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2003
GUEST DIRECTOR: Stephen Sondheim
TRIBUTES: Toni Collette, Peter Brook, Krystof Zanussi

SHOWS
Alexandra’s Project
The Barbarian Invasions
The Battle of Algiers
The Beggar’s Opera
La Belle Equipe
Best of Youth
Carnet du Bal
Contract
Dans la Nuit
Dogville
Elephant
A Face in the Crowd
Fog of War
French Can Can
The General
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Horatio’s Drive
I’m Not Scared
Intermission
Japanese Story
Lost in Translation
Love Me If You Dare
The More the Merrier
My Life Without Me
Noi Albinoi
Osama
Panique
Reconstruction
Sexual Dependency
Shattered Glass
Song of the Little Road
Struggle
Tell Me Lies
This Little Life
Touching the Void
The Triplets of Belleville
Uzak
Wheel of Time

GUESTS:
John Crowley
Errol Morris
Robert S. McNamara
Sarah Gavron
Budd Schulberg
Peter Bogdanovich
Kevin Macdonald
Chloe Sevigny
Peter Sarsgaard
Rolf De Heer
Peter Sellars
Werner Herzog
Ken Burns
Mark Ruffalo
Gus Van Sant
Paul Schrader




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Monday, April 24, 2017

Director's Fortnight Films Announced for Cannes / Trailers: Ismael's Ghosts and The B-Side

Good Monday friends...It's a Monday.  Here's some stuff about the Telluride Film Festival...maybe.



DIRECTOR'S FORTNIGHT FILMS ANNOUNCED FOR CANNES





Official selections for the Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight were announced Thursday. The DF section sometimes provides a film or two that make their way to Colorado for Labor Day,  Last year Pablo Larrain's Neruda was selected for the DF section and then made the trip.

This year's announced films don't seem to provide a film title that immediately leaps out as a Telluride suspect.  Here are the films announced:

“Un Beau Soleil Interieur,” directed by Claire Denis (Opening Night Film)
“A Ciambra,” directed by Jonas Carpignano
“Bushwick,” directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott
“Patti Cake$,” directed by Geremy Jasper
“Alive in France,” directed by Abel Ferrara
“L’amant d’un Jour,” directed by Philippe Garrel
“Curio Puri,” directed by Roberto De Paolis
“The Florida Project,” directed by Sean Baker
“Frost,” directed by Sharunas Bartas
“I Am Not a Witch,” directed by Rungano Nyoni
“Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc,” directed by Bruno Dumont
“L’intrust,” directed by Leonardo Di Costanzo
“La Defensa del Dragon,” directed by Natalia Santa
“Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak,” directed by Mouly Surya
“Mobile Homes,” directed by Vladimir de Fontenay
“Nothingwood,” directed by Sonia Kronlund
“Ôtez-moi d’un Doute,” directed by Carine Tardieu
“The Rider,” directed by Chloé Zhao
“West of the Jordan River (Field Diary Revisited),” directed by Amos Gitai
Short Films:
“Ague Mole,” directed by Laura Goncalves and Alexandra Ramires
“La Bouche,” directed by Camilo Restrepo
“Copa-Loca,” directed by Christos Massalas
"Creme de Menthe,” directed by David Philippe Gagné and Jean-Marc E. Roy
“Farpões, Baldios,” directed by Marta Mateus
“Min Borda,” directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
“Nada,” directed by Gabriel Martins
“Detour a Genoa City,” directed by Benoit Grimalt
“Tijuana Tales,” directed by Jean-Charles Hue
“Tresnje,” directed by Dubravka Turic


You can find some of the coverage for the Director's Fortnight selections here at the official site as well as here from Indiewire and here from Hollywood Elsewhere.


ISMAEL'S GHOSTS AND THE B SIDE

We got a look this past week at new trailers for the Cannes opening night film, Ismael's Ghosts from director Arnuad Desplechin, as well as for Errol Morris' The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography.  The B-Side was a part of the TFF 43 program last fall.

Desplechin's film features past Telluride tribute recipient Marion Cotillard as well as Mathieu Almaric and Charlotte Gainsbourg in a story of a film makers life sent into chaos when a former lover returns to his life.

Here's the trailer from YouTube:




In addition, here is linked coverage for the trailer from:



Ismael's Ghosts is a rare Cannes opening night film that could make its way to TFF #44.

Meanwhile, the trailer for the new Errol Morris doc that focuses on the photography of Elsa Dorfman was also released at the end of the week.  It's scheduled to open on June 2.

Here is that trailer also via YouTube:



And additional material about the trailer and film can be found at The Playlist.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

First Looks at You Were Never Really Here / Wakefield Begins to Emerge / Barry Jenkins Profiled / Burns Presents Vietnam at Harvard / A Look Back at TFF #31

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FIRST LOOKS FOR YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE





Among the films chosen to play at Cannes that has caught my eye as a possibility to play Telluride in September is Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix.

The combination of Ramsay (who played T-ride in 2011 with We Need to Talk About Kevin), a Cannes selection and Amazon with distribution (Amazon had Manchester by the Sea at Telluride last year) make me believe that the film has a good shot at a T-ride slot.

Amazon released the first images for the film this past week which included the still from above.

Details and other photos can be accessed with these links:






WAKEFIELD BEGINS TO EMERGE





One of the films that I salivated the most about prior to TFF #43 was Bryan Cranston's Wakefield. The film dropped a complete trailer this week in its run up to a release on May 19th.  You can see the trailer above and find more about the film, the trailer and its release here:








BARRY JENKINS PROFILED





Director/writer Barry Jenkins has had a whirlwind going since Moonlight dropped at Telluride last Labor Day weekend.  The film became a key player in the awards season earning eight Academy Award nominations and it won Oscars for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actor. Jenkins was busy throughout.

The Denver Post recently profiled the film maker who, as you might expect, is red hot as a result of Moonlight's success.  Take a look by clicking on the link.





BURNS PRESENTS VIETNAM AT HARVARD





I mentioned this as a potential SHOW addition in the last post: Ken Burns screening some of the 18 hours that will make up his documentary Vietnam that is scheduled to begin screening on PBS on Sept. 17th.

Burns recently screened some of the footage at Harvard and also appeared to answer some questions.
Coverage and clues about the project can be found here From The Harvard Gazette.



A LOOK BACK AT TFF #31



I continue the project I wrote about last week in today's post as I try to expend the history of past Telluride Film Festivals beyond the program links on the official Telluride Film Festival website.

Today, it's the 31st fest which ran from Sept. 3-6, 2004. Here's the review of the program:


Guest Director: Buck Henry

Tributes:
Theo Angelopoulous
Jean-Claude Carriere
Laura Linney

Special Medallion:
Fred Roos

Shows:
Aaltra
Adam and Paul
Bad Education
Baober in Love
Being Julia
Blackmail
Ecstasy
Enduring Love
Erotikon
Francis, George and Theo
From Saturday to Sunday
Gunner Palace
Harvest Time
House of Flying Daggers
Hunger
Keane
Kinsey
Kontroll
Landscape in the Mist
Maugham and the Secret Agent
Million $ Legs
Moolaade
Nobody Knows
Overlord
P.S.
Palindromes
Payday
THX 1138
Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow
Unforgiveable Blackness
Viva La Muerte
Yes

Guests included:
Buck Henry
Laura Linney
Rip Torn
Daniel Craig
Joan Allen
Sally Potter
Peter Sellars
Lenny Abrahamson
Annette Bening
Ellen Barkin
Todd Solondz
Bill Condon
Gael Garcia Bernal
George Lucas
Ken Burns
Peter Bogdanavich

Andrea Arnold is included with a short entitled Wasp.



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Monday, April 17, 2017

More from France / Does Burns Vietnam Doc Play Telluride? / Inarritu at Cannes Means T-ride?

Good Monday to ya...

Welcome to the Monkey House...as Mr. Vonnegut might say...


MORE FROM FRANCE



We continue to digest the announcement of the bulk of the Cannes #70 lineup that was released last Thursday with analysis from some other outlets.

Initially, I should note that I hadn't paid enough attention to the announcement that Francois Ozon's L'Amant Double (The Double Lover) had been chosen to compete for the Palme d'Or.  My mistake was not catching this and also indicating that the film needs to be included on the list of Telluride possibilities as Ozon scored well at TFF #43 last year with Frantz.

So definitely put it on the watch list and take a look at this story from Indiewire that includes the teaser for the film.

Additionally, you might want to grab a look at in depth  Cannes coverage from some sources that I did not include in the post last Thursday:

from Nancy Tartaglione and Greg Evans of Deadline

And an additional piece from Tartaglione here.

Gwilym Mumford of The Guardian also takes a look at the lineup

and check this piece from Talia Soghomonian at Collider.


Meanwhile, Indiewire's Anne Thompson has posted an analysis at Indiewire that assesses the potential Oscar players that might be starting down that road by walking the Red Carpet next month in the south of France.  Take a look at Anne's perspective here.


DOES BURNS' VIETNAM DOC PLAY TELLURIDE?



Ken Burns has been a regular part of the Telluride Fest for a long long while.  He's one of its biggest supporters and has often been featured in the lineup.  It's been some time, however since his last inclusion.  I believe his last project to play was 2012's Central Park Five.

We've also known for some time that he has been working on a multi-part documentary about the Vietnam War and PBS has announced just this weekend that the program will debut on Sept. 17. That premiere date would work incredibly well if it were following a TFF #44 bow (Sept. 2-6).

So, it seems to me that there's a better than 50/50 chance that parts of the 10 episode series make their way to some of the screens in and around Telluride.

Here's the announced schedule from Uproxx.



INARRITU AT CANNES MEANS T-RIDE



Well, most years that there was announcement that Alejandro Inarritu was part of the Cannes lineup, I'd immediately think that we'd see his project 3 1/2 months later in Telluride but I'm not so sure about this.

Working with frequent collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki, the Oscar winning director will premiere Carne y Arena at Cannes in May.  Thing id, it's not a film but a virtual reality project.  Reports describe it as a six minute experience that focuses on the current Latin American refugee situation.  I understand that the experience will be presented for groups of ten people at a time.

My inclination is to believe that it probably won't play in Telluride, despite Inarritu's affinity for the fest.  If I grasp it correctly, the presentation requires a fairly large dedicated space and I'd be a little surprised if TFF organizers would give up one of their current spaces or have a new space that they could use.  That said, however, Cannes has apparently put together a way to do it and and if Cannes can, why not Telluride.

I'll be interested to see reports out of France next month about how the presentation occurs.  That will definitely move the needle for me in terms of assessing the Telluride possibilities for a presentation.

Indiewire has the coverage here.



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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cannes #70 Lineup Revealed / Re-visiting TFF #32

Good morning on this Cannes Thursday.

CANNES #70 LINEUP REVEAL



The announcement came in the very early hours this morning.  The Cannes 2017 lineup...the majority at any point.  Here is what was announced:

OPENING NIGHT FILM
Ismael’s Ghosts (Desplechin)

PALME D’OR COMPETITION FILMS:
Loveless (Zvyaginstev)
Good Time (Safdie and Safdie)
You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay)
A Gentle Creature (Loznitsa)
Jupiter’s Moon (Mundruczo)
L’Amant Double (Ozon)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Lanthimos)
Radiance (Kawase)
The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)
Le Redoubtable (Hazanavicius)
Wonderstruck (Haynes)
Rodin (Doillon)
Happy End (Haneke)
The Beguiled (Coppola)
120 Battlements Par Minute (Campillo)
Okja (Bong Joon-ho)
In the Fade (Akin)
The Meyerowitz Stories (Baumbach)

UN CERTAIN REGARD SECTION:
Barbara (Amalric)
The Desert Bride (Atan and Pivato)
Closeness (Balagov)
Beauty and the Dogs (Ben Hania)
L’Atelier (Cantet)
Lucky (Castellitto)
April’s Daughter (Franco)
Western (Griesbach)
Directions (Komanderev)
Out (Kristof)
Before We Vanish (Kurosawa)
The Nature of Time (Moussaoui)
Dregs (Rasoulof)
Juene Femme (Seraille)
Wind River (Sheridan)
After the Road (Zambrano)

OUT OF COMPETITION
Blade of the Immortal (Miike)
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (Mitchell)
Visages Villages (Varda)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
An Inconvenient Sequel (Cohen and Shenk)
12 Jours (Depardon)
They (Ghazvinizadeh)
Clair’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo)
Promised Land (Jarecki)
Napalm (Lanzmann)
Demons in Paradise (Ratman)
Sea Sorrow (Redgrave)

SPECIAL SCREENING EVENTS
Twin Peaks (Lynch)
24 Frames (Kiarostami)
Come Swim (Stewart)
Top of the Lake: China Girl (Campion and Klieman)
Carne y arena (Inarritu)

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
The Villainess (Jung Byung-Gil)
The Merciless (Byun Sung-Hyun)


And the Telluride implications...

A number of Palme competition titles jump out as potential T-ride crossovers:

Todd Haynes Wonderstruck
Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here
Andrey Zvyasinstev's Loveless
Michel Hazanavicius' Redoutable
Michael Haneke's Happy End 
Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories

Among the other categories few titles are catching my eye.  Maybe Mathieu Amalric's Barabra and Laurence Cantet's L'Atelier among the UCR section.  AMong the Special Screenings The Vanessa Redgrave directed Sea Sorrow interests me as does Alejandro Inarritu's Carne y arena.

Other titles will be added soon.

As regular readers know, the Cannes/Telluride crossover averages between seven and eight films each year.  Last year there were seven titles that played both fests including Graduation and Toni Erdmann.

Here is Cannes election coverage from:








 RE-VISITING TFF #32



I started this with my last post and here is the promised continuation with detail of the 2005 32nd Telluride Film Festival.  It's my first stab at creating a more detailed history of the festival using programs that I have just recently acquired.






Guest Director:

Don DeLillo

Shows:

Army of Shadows
Be With Me
Bee Season
Breakfast on Pluto
Brokeback Mountain
Cache
Capote
Chang
The Child
The Comedian
Conversations With Other Women
A Cottage on Dartmoor
Edmond
Everything is Illuminated
Fateless
I'm King Kong
Iron Island
Johanna
King Kong
Lemming
Live and Become
The Lost City
The Moon and the Son
Le Monde Vivant
Paradise Now
The Passenger
Les Pont des Arts
The President's Last Bang
Sisters in Law
Spirit of the Beehive
Touts les Nuits
Three Times
Walk the Line
Wanda

Tributes:

Charlotte Rampling
Mickey Rooney
Luc Dardennes
Jean-Pierre Dardennes


Guests:

William H. Macy
Michael Haneke
Liev Schreiber
Bennett Miller
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Catherine Keener
Helena Bonham-Carter
Aaron Eckhart
Andy Garcia
Leonard Maltin
Neil Jordan
James Mangold

The Student Prints section included a 14 min. film entitled Victoria Para Chino from a young director named Cary Fukunaga.



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Monday, April 10, 2017

Maudie has a Trailer / Cannes Reversal of Fortune / Jump in the Wayback Machine

Good Monday folks...Welcome to the machine...


MAUDIE HAS A TRAILER


The Playlist reported this last week that TFF #43 film, Aisling Walsh's Maudie, has a new trailer.  The film features Sally Hawkins as Maud Lewis.  It's the true life story of her unlikely romance and her rise as an artist.  Ethan Hawke also stars.

The trailer is here via YouTube:





CANNES REVERSAL OF FORTUNE



Abdelatif Kechiche (from Cineuorpa.org)


As we wait for this week's announcement of the bulk of the program for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, which happens Thursday, we discovered that one film that had been highly anticipated and predicted for a spot will not be playing because it's turning into two films.

Abdellatif Kechiche's Mektoub is Mektoub was thought to be a very likely choice at Thursday's announcement but reorts to the contrary surfaced at the end of last week that the project will now be done as two separate films and as such neither will be ready for a bow next month in France.  That also, more than likely, means no Telluride play as well.   

Here are the details Michael Nordine at Indiewire.


JUMP IN THE WAYBACK MACHINE


Not long ago, on Ebay, I found someone willing to sell some programs from early Telluride Film Fests...so I bit and picked them up.  In the correspondence that followed, I discovered that the same individual had a large collection of the programs going back almost to the beginning of TFF.  Ultimately we came to and agreement and I now have all but about four or five of the earliest programs. 

Through a different, separate source, I have a line on many of those.

As many readers of this blog have noticed, I have had, for some time, a second page that is labeled "Selected TFF History".  Additionally, the "History" link on the official website for The Telluride Film Festival, at this point, only has links to programs dating back to 2006.

So...over the next few months, I'm initiating a project to expand the history of the fest here.  My plan is to begin with the 2005 program and periodically continue back in reverse order.

I'll be using any number of sources to gather what I can and it is my hope that when we get all the way back to the 70's, I'll be able to have the material to complete the project.

So, here it is...from 2005:



The current history from my page 2:

2005- Guest Director: Don DeLillo

           Tribute: Jean and Luc Dardennes

           Shows: Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Walk the Line, Cache, Breakfast on Pluto, The Child

           Guests: Peter Bogdanovich, Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart, Andy Garcia, Michael Haneke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Neil Jordan, William H. Macy, Leonard Maltin, James Mangold, Bennett Miller, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sellars

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Tease for Redoubtable / Larrain's Next Project / Oscar Takes a Week Off

It's the first Thursday in April and welcome my friends...


A TEASE FOR REDOUBTABLE

There seems to be a lot of buzz prior to a possible Cannes announcement for Michel Hazanavicius' Redoubtable.  The film tells the true story of the love affair of a young Jean-Luc Godard.  The film stars Louis Garrel as Godard and Berenice Bejo (as you might expect in a Hazanavicius film) as well.

Here' the teaser with English subtitles from YouTube:



Additionally, here is The Playlist post that covered the release of the trailer as well as additional coverage from The Film Stage.   StudioCanal is distributing the film in France and as yet it has no U.S. distribution.


LARRAIN'S NEXT PROJECT


Pablo Larrain (via Variety)


Pablo Larrain has had a good Telluride run over the past few years with the selections of No for the lineup in 2012 and Neruda last year.  Larrain also produced the Sebastian Lelio film Gloria which screened in Telluride's 2013 edition.   He also produced Lelio's A Fantastic Woman which played to acclaim at Berlin earlier this year winning the prize for Best Screenplay and is a hot prospect, in my estimation, to make the TFF #44 lineup.

As a consequence, if you're a Telluride watcher, you should probably pay attention to any news about him.  So when I saw this week that he has signed onto his next directing gig, I took notice.  

Larrain is set to direct The True American.  It's a true story based on events that transpired immediately after 9/11.  The film has had Tom Hardy attached and was, at one time, a project that Kathryn Bigelow was to direct.

The film is being produced by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures.

Can you say "TFF #45"?



OSCAR TAKES A WEEK OFF



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced that Oscar will show up a week later in 2018 than it did this year.  The Oscars will be presented on Mar. 4, 2018.  Nominations will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 23rd.

The Academy also announced Oscar dates for 2019, 2020 and 2021 with the ceremony reverting back to the last weekend in February for each of those years.

The date change for 2018 is being done so as not to conflict with the conclusion of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Here's links to coverage of The Oscar announcement from Awards Daily and from Indiewire.



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Monday, April 3, 2017

The Countdown to Cannes Gets Shorter / More from CinemaCon

Hello on the first Monday in April of 2017....as Kurt Vonnegut might say (well, he wrote it actually)..."Busy, busy, busy"


THE COUNTDOWN TO CANNES GETS SHORTER



April 13th...that's the day that we'll find out the bulk of the lineup for the 70th Cannes Film Festival and then we get to try to parse out the 7-10 films that will double up with a play three months later in Colorado.

Indiewire is the latest film outlet with apiece that they put up at the end of last week.  They package it as a 50 film Cannes wish list and there are a good number of the usual suspects including a couple that we have heard won't be ready for the fest (Wenders' Submergence and Frears Victoria and Abdul are what I'm talking about here).

Nevertheless, the Indiewire 50 includes:

Alexander Payne's Downsizing
Michael Haneke's Happy End
Andrew Haigh's Lean on Pete
Abdelatif Kechiche's Mektoub is Mektoub
Michel Hazanavicius' Redoubtable
Todd Haynes Wonderstruck
Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here

But there are others among the 50 that might well make a case either because they have also played Telluride in the past or because I thought strongly in some past year that they would.  That group of five (from this Indiewire "wish list") includes:

Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot.  I thought strongly that Maoz's Lebanon was going to make the TFF lineup in 2009.  Didn't happen despite being distributed by frequent Telluride player Sony Pictures Classics.

Michelangelo Frammartino's Late Spring.  Frammartino played Telluride in 2010 with Le Quattro Volte.

Haifaa Al Mansour's Mary Shelley.  Al Mansour's Wadjda played T-ride in 2012.

Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country.  Thornton made a splash at the 2009 TFF with Samson and Delilah

Hirokazu Kore Eda's The Third Murder.  I thought his Like Father, Like Son was going to play in 2013 but it did not.

So there you have it... half a dozen usual suspects plus another five that are quite as "usual" but might end up with the Cannes-Telluride double play.

The complete 50 film wish list from Indiewire is here.



MORE FROM CINEMACON



CinemaCon was highlighted in my last post for having featured both Payne's Downsizing and Clooney's Suburbicon.  After that post Todd Haynes Wonderstruck was featured as well as Stephen Chbosky's Wonder.  After reading this reaction to the film from The Wrap I'm inclined to think that we might be wise to keep an eye on the film.  It's got some things going for it that make one think that it could make the trip to the San Juans.  Lionsgate has the film and they and their affiliated companies have been making Telluride a regular part of their Labor Day for awhile now with films such as La La Land, All is Lost and The Homesman.

And then there's Julia Roberts.  She's another one of those folks that I include some years as a part of the Unified Clooney Theory.  Last year, Casey Affleck was tributed and won an Oscar and is also part of the U.C.T..

Could you get behind a Julia Roberts tribute?  I could.

As mentioned above, CinemaCon attendees were also treated to footage from Wonderstruck.  Here's the link to the coverage from Indiewire.



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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Downsizing and Suburbicon at CinemaCon / Cannes #70 Poster Features Claudia / Will Hazanavicius Return? / And from the Hopes and Dreams Dept.

Good Thursday to you.  Here's some film stuff that may or may not have anything to do with TFF #44:


DOWNSIZING AND SUBURBICON AT CINEMACON:  REACTIONS AND RELEASE DATES



George Clooney and Matt Damon at CinemaCon this week (via The Hollywood Reporter)




Both Alexander Payne's Downsizing and George Clooney's Suburbicon have been well received after the Paramount presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week.

Check here for the reactions coming out of Vegas for these two films which both feature Matt Damon and which could both find the Telluride program in September.

Suburbicon will be released Nov. 3rd.  Downsizing will be released Dec. 22nd.

Variety

The Hollywood Reporter


Here are reactions to the footage of both films that was screened at CinemaCon:

The Hollywood Reporter

The Playlist

The Wrap

Indiewire

CANNES #70 POSTER FEATURES CLAUDIA CARDINALE




There it is.  The official poster for the 2017 edition of the Cannes Film Festival.  The poster features Cannes favorite Claudia Cardinale.  Telluride fans may remember that Cardinale was a tribute recipient in T-ride in 2010.

Here's coverage of the poster selection and reveal from The Film Stage.


Cardinale in Telluride in 2010 (via Getty Images)




WILL HAZANAVICIUS RETURN?



Louis Garrel as Jean-Luc Godard in Redoubtable



His last film, The Search, played Cannes and was drubbed critically and resulted in a rather quiet disappearance and certainly no berth at Telluride but his latest, Redoubtable, which focuses on a real life love story from the life of film pioneer Jean Luc-Goddard has been getting significant pre-Cannes buzz.

Just this last couple of days, we began seeing stories focusing on the film, including some pics (see above).  That indicates to me that Redoubtable is a likely Cannes selection.  We'll find out, in all likelihood, on April 13th when the bulk of the Cannes lineup is announced.


Check out the french teaser  and other details here from Indiwire and here from The Playlist.


AND FROM THE HOPES AND DREAMS DEPT.


PTA via The Film Stage


Here's the latest...Paul Thomas Anderson's new film set in the world of high fashion and starring Daniel Day Lewis has been dated for release on Dec. 25th.  The Film Stage reports that its working title is Phantom Thread.

Insert obligatory note here about its unlikelihood for Telluride (for a number of reasons) as well as the expected wish that it would magically screen there.

Here's the story from The Film Stage.


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Monday, March 27, 2017

The Croisette Speculation Continues / Wakefield Wakes / The Scent of Rain and Lightning

Hope you had a nice spring weekend...But now it's Monday.



THE CROISTETTE SPECULATION CONTINUES



Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig in Downsizing (from The Daily Mail)


As we are three weeks prior to the official announcement of the competition (and most other) films for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, the insider dope and speculation continues to come forth.  This week it was The Playlist's turn to offer up thoughts about the films that may be included in the April 13th reveal.

Here's the skinny from that Kevin Jagernauth piece in as far s films that we have been batting back and forth as potential Telluride selections as well.

Jagernauth flat out declares that Wim Wenders Submergence and Alfonso Cuaron's Roma are out for Cannes.

Among the films that he lists as "Possibly in the Mix" are:
George Clooney's Suburbicon
Alexander Payne's Downsizing
Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here
Andrew Haigh's Lean on Pete
Andrey Zvyagintsev's Loveless

And among those he lists as "Strong Contenders":

Michael Haneke's Happy End
Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck
Michel Hazanavicius' Redoubtable
Abdellatif Kechiche's Mektoub is Mektoub


There are several other films listed as "Strong Contenders"  The entire Jagernauth/Playlist piece is here.




WAKEFIELD WAKES




One of the joys of TFF #43 was getting to sit in a room and listen to Bryan Cranston talk about film. Cranston's Wakefield (also starring Jennifer Garner and directed by Robin Swicord) played to a middling response.  The People's Telluride gave it a 3.59/5 rating to be 12th of 21 films rated but The Professionals had it at 2.67/5  to be the 13th of 14 films rated.

We got news this week that the film has a distributor-IFC Films and a release date for the U.S.-May 19th.

Here's the story from The Wrap.




THE SCENT OF RAIN AND LIGHTNING



Film maker and friend of MTFB Casey Twenter and his writing partner Jess Robison are at it again.  The duo who wrote and produces Rudderless, which closed Sundance in January of 2014 have a new film that is out in the world soon.

The Scent of Rain and Lightning is their adaptation of a novel by Nancy Pickard and premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival this past weekend.  The film will also play soon at the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Kansas City FilmFest.

Blake Robbins directed and the film stars the red hot/rising actress Maika Monroe.

Robbins penned this "nuts and bolts" descriptive piece for MovieMaker.com that appeared this week.

It might be added that a certain blogger has seen a a screener of the film and it very well done.

Congratulations and good luck to Casey, Jeff, Blake and the whole Rain/Lightning crew.



That's your MTFB for this Monday.  I'll have more later in the week...like on Thursday.


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Battle of the Sexes Has a Date / Politics, The NEA and Telluride / One More Big Cannes Spec Piece / More from The Other Side

Welcome to the first Thursday of spring friends.



BATTLE OF THE SEXES HAS A DATE


It's a film that has been on the MTFB radar for many months.  The film is the Dayton/Faris' Battle of the Sexes which centers on the story of the tennis match for the ages between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs and starsEmma Stone and Steve Carell.  I believe I first noted it in this space in June of 2014.

Now Fox Searchlight has dated it for a Sept. 22nd release which means it could play Telluride (and/or Venice and Toronto).  Although, that doesn't seem to me to be a prime release window if you play Telluride (Black Mass and Sully both landed close to that date the last couple of years). Nevertheless, it keeps the film in play as a TFF #44 possibility.

Here's coverage of the release date announcement.



Fox Searchlight Press Release

Variety

The Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment Weekly

The Wrap



POLITICS, THE NEA AND TELLURIDE



I usually stay away from politics in this space but I noted this week an Indiewire post about the possible effect on film festivals should the Trump budget come to pass complete with its gutting of the National Endowment for the Arts.  It seems that a number of film festivals would take a hot including the Telluride Film Festival.

That seemed to me to be worthy to pass along to my readers.  Here's the story From Indiewire .


ONE MORE BIG CANNES SPEC PIECE




Variety posted an extensive piece yesterday with informed Cannes lineup guesswork.  Notable films mentioned among the possible titles included Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck,

Of as much interest is a paragraph about two Paramount films: Alexander Payne's Downsizing (which has been on any number of Cannes lists within the last month) and George Clooney's Suburbicon.  The reporters suggest that Payne may not be ready to bow in France in May but that Clooney might be.  Considering how hot the expectation has been that the Payne film would likely play, this is a bit surprising.

Other notable strong contenders are said to include Michael Haneke's Happy End, Michel Hazanavicius' Redoubtable, Abdellatif Kechiche's Mektoub is Mektoub.

Here's the complete piece from Elsa Keslassy and Peter DeBruge of Variety.



MORE FROM THE OTHER SIDE


As you have surely noticed, I am taking a keen interest (and have been for some time now) in the ongoing process to complete Orson Welles "final' film, The Other Side of the Wind.  The negatives are currently in Los Angeles and work is said to have begun.

Earlier this week, Indiewire posted a fairly detailed account of how and where this all came about.  If you haven't already immersed yourself on the details, their story is a good way to get up to speed.

Indiewire posted the story earlier this week.


That'll be a wrap for today.  More on Monday.


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