Diverse fare unspooling at this year's film fest
The 34th Telluride Film Festival has announced a lineup heavy with Telluride regulars and echoes from this year’s Cannes fest.In addition to new work by fest vets Werner Herzog, Barbet Schroeder and Julian Schnabel, there are movies from China, Israel and Russia. Highly anticipated are first views at Todd Haynes’ “I’m Not There,” Noah Baumbach’s “Margot at the Wedding” and Sean Penn’s adaptation of “Into the Wild.” Sony Pictures Classics again has a big presence here, with six films among those announced so far. This year, Silver Medallions will go to composer Michel Legrand, Indian director Shyam Benegal and Daniel Day-Lewis. Rumors still circulate that select footage will screen from Day-Lewis’ new film with Paul Thomas Anderson, “There Will Be Blood.” The festival will pay tribute to 8mm film pioneer George Kuchar, as well as to Leonard Maltin, who will receive the annual Medallion Award honoring “passionate heroes of cinema.” SHOWcase, the short film section, will include shorts produced by Telluride alumni Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The full lineup:
- “I’m Not There,” Haynes’ multilayered ode to Bob Dylan featuring Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Ben Whishaw, Marcus Carl Franklin, Heath Ledger, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The Weinstein Co. will release this pic slowly, beginning in New York.
- Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” an adaptation of Jean-Dominique Bauby’s bestselling memoir. Miramax will release. Schnabel won the director prize at Cannes.
- “Into the Wild,” Penn’s adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction tale of Chris McCandless (Emile Hirsch), who gave up all he owned and hitchhiked to Alaska. Paramount Vantage will release.
- “Margot at the Wedding,” from “The Squid and the Whale” director Baumbach, tells the story of Margot (Nicole Kidman), who works to foil the wedding of her sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Paramount Vantage will distribute.
- Alison Eastwood’s helming debut, “Rails & Ties,” stars Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden in a story about the bond between two families after a tragic train wreck. Warner Bros. is distributing.
- Variety chief film critic Todd McCarthy’s “Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema” concerns the infamous film promoter and talent scout.
- Lee Chang-dong’s “Secret Sunshine” follows a young woman adjusting to life after a tragedy.
- Matthew Sussman’s “Who Is Norman Lloyd?” is a documentary about the veteran entertainer.
- Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” is writer-director Cristian Mungiu’s story about communism’s absurd “golden years” in Bucharest. IFC First Take will release.
- Eran Kolirin’s “The Band’s Visit” is about a lost Egyptian police force band. SPC will distribute.
- “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” Wayne Wang’s adaptation of stories by Yiyun Li, concerns a Chinese man who travels to America and falls in love with an Iranian woman.
- Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “The Counterfeiters” is the true story of the largest counterfeiting scheme in history, initiated by the Nazis. SPC will release the pic.
- “Persepolis,” Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parronaud’s animated adaptation of a graphic novel about a girl’s coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The SPC film is voiced by Catherine Deneuve, Sean Penn, Gena Rowlands and Iggy Pop.
- “When Did You Last See Your Father?” is David Nicholl’s adaptation of poet-novelist Blake Morrison’s memoir regarding his complicated relationship with his father. This SPC film is directed by Anand Tucker (“Shopgirl”) and stars Colin Firth and Jim Broadbent.
- Barbet Schroeder’s docu “Terror’s Advocate” profiles the controversial French lawyer Jacques Verges, who defended Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy. Magnolia distributes.
- Baltasar Kormakur’s “Jar City” is a thriller set in contemporary Iceland starring Ingvar Sigurdsson.
- Cannes’ Camera d’Or winner “Jellyfish,” co-directed by Israeli novelist Etgar Keret and screenwriter Shira Geffen, follows the lives of three Tel Aviv women. Zeitgeist distributes.
- Li Yang’s “Blind Mountain” concerns a woman lured to a remote Chinese farming village and sold into slavery.
- “Brick Lane,” Sarah Gavron’s adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel, follows a woman’s impoverished life from Bangladesh to post-9/11 London. SPC will distribute.
- Kevin Macdonald’s docu “My Enemy’s Enemy” tracks Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, aka the Butcher of Lyon. The Weinstein Co. will release
- Aleksei Balabanov’s “Cargo 200″ offers a detailed portrait of the last days of the Soviet Union.
- Werner Herzog looks for purpose in Antarctica in his new docu “Encounters at the End of the World.”
- A man with broken wings falls from the sky in Khuat Akhmetov’s “Wind Man.”
- In docu “Journey With Peter Sellars,” Mark Kidel travels with the director as he speaks about his life and work.
- Mark Obenhaus’ docu “Steep!” illustrates the history of extreme skiing. SPC will release.
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