Rachel Kushner Set as Telluride Film Fest Guest Director

The Telluride Film Festival has selected novelist Rachel Kushner as its guest director to select a series of films to present at the 42nd festival running over Labor Day weekend on Sept. 4-7.

The festival is also teaming with the San Francisco International Film Festival for Kushner to present Barbara Loden’s 1970 film “Wanda” on April 25 at the Castro Theatre. “Wanda” screened at the 2005 Telluride Film Festival as Guest Director Don DeLillo’s selection.

Kushner is the author of “The Flamethrowers,” a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, and her debut novel “Telex from Cuba” was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. She’s the only writer to have been nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013.

“Telluride has an incredible history and reputation, and I’ve long known of it as a unique entity that makes a place for writers — one more aspect of this exceptional film festival in the Colorado Alps,” said Kushner. “It still feels a bit dreamlike to me that I have been given this privilege to be a guest director — to indulge my love of cinema, to share with the world films I’ve long loved, and to work with the great Tom Luddy and the great Julie Huntsinger and their extended family of kindred souls.”

Past guest directors include Guy Maddin, Caetano Veloso, Michael Ondaatje, Alexander Payne, Salman Rushdie, Peter Bogdanovich, B. Ruby Rich, Phillip Lopate, Errol Morris, Bertrand Tavernier, John Boorman, John Simon, Buck Henry, Laurie Anderson, Stephen Sondheim, G. Cabrera Infante, Peter Sellars, Don DeLillo, J.P. Gorin, Edith Kramer and Slavoj Zizek.

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