Telluride Film Festival Taps Guy Maddin, Kim Morgan as Guest Directors

Guy Maddin Kim Morgan Telluride

The Telluride Film Festival has tapped spouses Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan to serve as guest directors for the 41st edition of the festival on Aug. 29-Sept. 1.

The duo will present six films, focusing on new ideas and overlooked titles. As with the rest of the lineup, the names will be unveiled on opening day.

“Guy and Kim have long been a part of Telluride,” said Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger. “There was no question that they were the perfect choice for this year’s Festival. Their energy, knowledge and enthusiasm is a winning combination – our audience will benefit from that when their selections are unveiled at the Festival!”

The duo told Variety that they have already selected the six films, which include one restored print.

“What we particularly like about Telluride is that they’re willing to take a chance,” Maddin said. “We want people to be blown away by what they see.”

Morgan noted that the festival founders have a deep knowledge of cinema — which led to her presenting two Jack Garfein movies  “Something Wild” and “The Strange One”in 2012.

“Virtually no one had seen these films and Tom Luddy knew all about them,” she added.

Maddin’s credits include “My Winnipeg” and “The Saddest Music in the World.” He won the National Society of Film Critics award for best experimental film with “Archangel” and “The Heart of the World” and won the Telluride Silver Medallion in 1995.

Morgan is a film, music and culture writer. She worked with Maddin on his project  “Seances” and starred alongside both Udo Kier and a white wolf in the short “Bing and  Bela.”

Recent guest directors at Telluride include Alexander Payne, Geoff Dyer and half a dozen for the 40th anniversary — Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje, B. Ruby Rich, Philip Lopate, Buck Henry and Don Delillo.

Last year’s lineup at Telluride included  Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Robert Redford’s “All Is Lost,” Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” Scarlett Johansson’s sci-fier “Under the Skin,” Gia Coppola’s debut “Palo Alto” and the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.”


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