Telluride touts Indian pix

Fest features Merchant, 'Amelie'

TELLURIDE — A three-film salute to Bombay’s Bollywood, Mark Kidel’s docu on sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, a tribute to Indian actor Om Puri and a screening of Ismail Merchant’s “Mystic Masseur” give this year’s Telluride fest a decidedly Indian flavor.

The rest of the fest’s schedule, which begins Friday and ends Labor Day, includes:

  • “Amadeus 2001,” the remastered, re-edited version of Milos Forman’s 1985 film

  • “Amelie,” the French comedy co-directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet;

  • “The Cat’s Meow,” the latest from director Peter Bogdanovich, starring Kirsten Dunst;

  • “Dear Fidel,” the documentary on the love affair between Fidel Castro and Martia Lorenz, directed by Wilfried Huismann;

  • “The Devil’s Backbone,” the psychological drama directed by Guillermo del Toro;

  • “Drive-In Movie Memories,” docu directed by Kurt Kuenne;

  • “The Fast Runner,” the drama from Canadian Inuit director Zacharias Kunut;

  • “The Forgotten Walt Disney,” a showing of the rarely seen Silly Symphonies animation made by Disney in the 1930s;

  • “Grateful Dawg,” docu from director Gillian Grisman on the relationship between her father, mandolin player David Grisman and Jerry Garcia;

  • “The Great Nickelodeon Show,” a recreation of early 20th century nickelodeon shows done live by Russell Merritt;

  • A tribute to HBO that includes showings of “Band of Brothers,” the docu “The Young and the Dead” and the preem of “Shot in the Heart”;

  • “Italian for Beginners,” the off-beat comedy directed by Lone Scherfig;

  • “La Cienaga,” directed by Lucrecia Martel and set in Argentina;

  • “Lantana,” the mystery/thriller that’s director Ray Lawrence’s second film;

  • “Late Marriage,” director Dover Kosashvili’s first feature;

  • “Lovely & Amazing,” the comedy directed by Nicole Holofcener;

  • “Mark Twain,” the two-part docu from Ken Burns;

  • “No Man’s Land,” Danis Tanovic’s drama set in the Bosnian war;

  • “Orphan of Anyang,” from Chinese director Wang Chao;

  • “Primordial Landscapes,” videos by artist Doug Aitken;

  • “Revolution # 9,” director Tim McCann’s second film;

  • “Solaris,” “Alphaville” and “Metropolis” screening as part of a look at classic science-fiction, chosen by Rushdie;

  • “A Song for Martin,” directed by Sweden’s Bille August;

  • “Speedy,” the Harold Lloyd silent film accompanied by a live performance from the Alloy Orchestra;
  • “To End All Wars,” directed by David Cunningham and set in a WW2 POW camp;

  • Tributes to Catherine Breillat and Ken Russell;

  • “Turn of the Century,” Konstantin Lopushansky’s drama set in post-Soviet Russia; and

  • “Walt,” Jean-Pierre Isbouts’ docu on Walt Disney.

This year’s festival is dedicated to the late Richard Farnsworth, who was honored at the fest in 1999.