THE DISTRIBUTORS: COHEN MEDIA GROUP
One of the recent hard chargers at Telluride in terms of distribution firms that have made a splash is the Cohen Media Group.
CMG's history at Telluride:
2015-Hitchcock/Truffaut, Marguerite, Rams
2016-Journey Through French Cinema
And CMG has a number of possible players for the 2017 edition of the Telluride Film Festival:
Francois Ozon's L'amant Double
Michel Hazanavicius' Redoubtable
Christian Carion's Mon Garcon
and even Pappi Corsicato's Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait.
Of the four, the chances for L'amant Double and Redoubtable are virtually indistinguishable. Both played Cannes with modset-to-good reviews. Redoubtable's metascore-67, L'amant Double's 64. Both directors have made a splash at previuos Tellurides. Hazanavicius being more notable with Oscar Best Picture winner The Artist in 2011. Ozon was at Telluride last year with Frantz.
I'm givng Redoubtable a slight edge with a 50% chance to SHOW. L'Amant Double goes in at 45%.
As to Carion's Mon Garcon, I include it here as CMG is calling it a 2017 release and Carion's 2009 TFF film, Farewell, is enough to make me think it should be considered. Give it a 30% chance.
FInally, despite the fact that Cosicato's Julian Schnabel documentary has played in the U.S. at Tribeca, it might end up at Telluride anyway. The inclusion of Tribeca films in the T-ride lineup isn't frequent but has happened more than once: Peggy Guggenheim in 2015, Keep On Keepin' On in 2014 and My Dior in 2013.
Schnabel's poster for TFF #29
Additionally, Schnabel has had a TFF history as poster artist in 2002 and presenting his fantastic The Diving Bell and the Butterfly in 2007. So I wouldn't rule this film out even though it played Tribeca.
CIRCUIT BREAKER FALL FILM GUESSES #2
A week ago (June 19) I posted the link to Awards Circuit's Circuit Breaker podcast because they included a rundown of some guesses about where films might be headed to film festivals.
This week;s podcast includes another segment about the same topic. The nearly half hour segment includes mentions of a couple of dozen films and those that are mentioned as having some possibility for Telluride (by at least one of the participants) are:
The Darkest Hour
Battle of the Sexes
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The complete podcast can be heard here. The discussion of fall film fest plays begins approximately at the 47:20 mark.
TELLURIDE HISTORY: TFF #23
Here's another installment of my on-going and fairly sporadic review of the history of the Telluride Film Festival. Today a look at #23 which occurred from Aug.30-Sept. 2, 1996.
Guest Director: B. Ruby Rich
Tributes: Shirley MacLaine, Mike Leigh, Alain Cavalier
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy on the Right
Breaking the Waves
Carmen's Pure Love
The Cloud Capped Star
Fly Away Home
Le Ciel est a Vous
Message to Love
Secrets and Lies
Self Made Hero
Two Eyes, Twelve Hands
Harry Carey, Jr.
Billy Bob Thornton
Of particular note were the short films from Warwick Thornton (Payback, now called From Sand to Celluloid: Payback) and Julie Delpy (Blah Blah Blah) both making their directing debuts and Don Hertzfeldt with his second short (Genre).
That's your Thursday from MTFB.
Come back tomorrow for 2017's first Ten Bets.
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