THE DISTRIBUTORS: MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Magnolia's record at TFFs is spotty but they could be playing this year.
Magnolia's TFF past:
2007- Terror's Advocate, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Redacted
2012-The Hunt, A Royal Affair
Magnolia played the Cannes Palme d'Or competition with Arnuad Desplechin's Ismael's Ghost and Ruben Ostlund's Palme winning The Square.
Ismael's Ghosts had a mixed response at Cannes but its undeniable star power (Cotillard, Gainsbourg and Almaric) may mean we can't rule it out. Mark it with a 25% chance.
Ostlund's Palme winner has a much better shot due to its win and good critical response. Added to the factoring is that a Palme winner hasn't played Telluride since 2013's Blue is the Warmest Color. Perhaps the fest is due for another Palme winner. Chances- 50%.
BENING NAMED VENICE JURY PRESIDENT
The Venice Film Festival announced yesterday that actress Annette Bening will serve as the president of their competition jury. Details are here from The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.
That means you can also discount any chance that she would be in Telluride with either The Seagull or Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. That's not to say that either film won't play TFF just that if they do, Bening won't make the trip to the San Juans with the film which, for my money, probably means that neither film makes the trip .
TFF HISTORY CONTINUED: TFF #22
The continued backward march through TFF fest history continues today with a review of the 22nd SHOW, Sept. 1-4, 1995
Guest Director: Phillip Lopate
Tributes: John Schlesinger, Zhang Yimou, The Surrealists
Special Medallion: Andrew Sarris
China; The Wild East
Cold Comfort Farm
From the Journals of Jean Seberg
The Hard Way
History is Made at Night
The Journey of August King
The Man with the Movie Camera
On the Beat
Pie in the Sky
The Saragosa Manuscript
Survivors of the Holocaust
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
The Tit and the Moon
To Die For
Visions of Heaven and Hell
The Water Carrier
The White Balloon
Gus Van Sant
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