THE 44TH TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED
Here is the announced lineup for the 44th Telluride Film Festival:
· ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER (d. Rebecca Miller, U.S., 2017)
· BATTLE OF THE SEXES (d. Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, U.S., 2017)
· DARKEST HOUR (d. Joe Wright, U.K., 2017)
· DOWNSIZING (d. Alexander Payne, U.S., 2017)
· EATING ANIMALS (d. Christopher Quinn, U.S., 2017)
· FACES PLACES (d. Agnes Varda, JR, France, 2017)
· A FANTASTIC WOMAN (d. Sebastián Lelio, Chile-U.S.-Germany-Spain, 2017)
· FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (d. Paul McGuigan, U.K., 2017)
· FIRST REFORMED (d. Paul Schrader, U.S., 2017)
· FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER (d. Angelina Jolie, U.S.-Cambodia, 2017)
· FOXTROT (d. Samuel Maoz, Israel, 2017)
· HOSTAGES (d. Rezo Gigineishvili, Georgia-Russia-Poland, 2017)
· HOSTILES (d. Scott Cooper, U.S., 2017)
· HUMAN FLOW (d. Ai Weiwei, U.S.-Germany, 2017)
· THE INSULT (d. Ziad Doueiri, France-Lebanon, 2017)
· LADY BIRD (d. Greta Gerwig, U.S., 2017)
· LAND OF THE FREE (d. Camilla Magid, Denmark-Finland, 2017)
· LEAN ON PETE (d. Andrew Haigh, U.K.-U.S., 2017)
· LOVELESS (d. Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia-France-Belgium-Germany, 2017)
· LOVE, CECIL (d. Lisa Immordino Vreeland, U.S., 2017)
· LOVING VINCENT (d. Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, U.K.-Poland, 2017)
· A MAN OF INTEGRITY (d. Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran, 2017)
· THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (d. Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 2017)
· THE RIDER (d. Chloé Zhao, U.S., 2017)
· THE SHAPE OF WATER (d. Guillermo del Toro, U.S., 2017)
· TESNOTA (d. Kantemir Balagov, Russia, 2017)
· THE VENERABLE W. (d. Barbet Schroeder, France-Switzerland, 2017)
· THE VIETNAM WAR (d. Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, U.S., 2017)
· WORMWOOD (d. Errol Morris, U.S., 2017)
· WONDERSTRUCK (d. Todd Haynes, U.S., 2017)
I posted the following on Monday and am re-posting today as I am still working on making this happen. To be honest, I have had a couple of great leads that are still percolating but nothing has come to fruition yet. So...if you missed it Monday...here it is again:
This section of MTFB is going to be a little different than what you readers commonly see here but...
First, most everyone reading here knows that I have been very sure these past few weeks that Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water will be announced on Thursday as a part of the TFF #44 lineup. I am very excited about the film but you know who's insane about it?
Let me tell you why because it goes beyond the excitement about seeing GDT's new film in the incredible setting that is Telluride.
Some of you know that both my wife and I teach high school in a rural town (pop. 12,500) in the Oklahoma Panhandle. She's the art teacher here and damned good at what she does. Especially in light of our current student body.
Please understand, that's not a slam about our kids but our situation is really unique.
In 1992 a massive pork processing facility opened in our community and to fill their workforce they have scoured the planet to find workers willing to re-locate. That has meant a reliance on immigrants, refugees and others.
In the last 20 or so years our demographics have shifted from a majority Anglo population to one in which minority students are the majority. Mostly kids from about every country south of the southern border of the U.S. but we're not exclusively Latin. We have have significant student populations from Burma, S. Korea, Thailand, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and more.
Our school administration tells us we have somewhere between 25-30 languages spoken in our high school (enrollment is a shade under 900 kids grades 9-12). Imagine that in a Podunk Oklahoma town.
Many of you also know that Del Toro had a harrowing childhood and turned to art as a kid to deal with that. My wife sure does. Del Toro's story and artwork have become an integral part of the curriculum in her classwork because...you know..it resonates with these kids...immigrant kids. They can relate to Del Toro's story because, for many of them, it's a lot like their stories. Del Toro's body of film work plays a part too. All these kids know Hellboy.
And, of course, because it's art, the language barrier is a much smaller problem in my wife's classroom than about anywhere else in the building. For some of her students, it's the safest and most comfortable place they find themselves every day and that's not an exaggeration. Some of her refugee kids spell out the terrors that they have lived through from refugee camps to predatory traffickers to hiding from death squads and civil war.
Needless to say, Guillermo has a more than special place in her heart.
So...I've never done this before in the nine years I've been writing this thing...but
If anyone knows anyone in the Del Toro camp (and I'm assuming here that he will make the trip with the film from Venice to Telluride), I'm asking for a favor. You know what I'm going to say here...
A meeting between Kris and Guillermo would be...um...nice. Well, she'd likely lose her mind at least a little bit. She's already got a big honking copy of Guillermo's Cabinet of Curiosities and will be hauling it this weekend on the off chance that she might be able to get an autograph. I'd like to make it a little less "chancy".
If anyone has some insight about making this happen, please contact me using any of the methods listed at the bottom of this post.
And Senor Del Toro, if YOU are reading this, hear my plea and reach out to me.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled blog post.
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Don't forget, my friends, I want your ratings of the films you see next weekend. Use a 0-5 scale with 0 being "putrid" and 5 being "best film since..."
I will publish The People's Telluride film ratings a week to ten days after the festival concludes. Join in!
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