Top directors scale festival in the Rockies
Films from Bille August, Nicole Holofcener and Peter Bogdanovich are some of the projects unspooling at the Telluride Film Festival, which runs Friday through Sept. 3.
Fest co-directors Tom Luddy and Bill Pence do not announce the Telluride lineup until the first day of the festival, but titles confirmed to screen in the Colorado Rockies resort town include the following:
- “To End All Wars,” directed by David Cunningham and starring Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Carlyle. Pic is based on the true story of Allied POWs who are forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle by their Japanese captors.
- Bogdanovich’s first pic, 1968’s “Targets,” and his most recent, “The Cat’s Meow,” to be released by Lions Gate later this year.
- “Lovely and Amazing,” directed by Holofcener.
- “A Song for Martin,” a Swedish film written and directed by August. Plot centers on an orchestra conductor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
- “The Mystic Masseur,” directed by Ismail Merchant, starring Ayesha Dharker, James Fox, Aasif Mandvi and Om Puri.
- “Revolution No. 9,” directed by Tim McCann. Pic also unspooled at the Los Angeles Film Festival last spring.
- “Grateful Dawg,” directed by Gillian Grisman. Docu chronicles the collaboration between the late Jerry Garcia and bluegrass mandolin player David Grisman (the helmer’s father), who is expected to perform at the festival. Pic has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
- Miramax’s Berlin prize winner “Italian for Beginners,” an offbeat comedy directed by Lone Scherfig.
Other events at Telluride include a tribute to HBO, which will include screenings of some its past series and films, plus the preem of the cabler’s “Shot in the Heart”; and a tribute to Indian actor Om Puri, best known to Western auds for “My Son the Fanatic” and “East Is East.”