The Telluride Film Festival has announced its lineup for this year's 40th anniversary editions, which begins tomorrow (Thursday, August 29) and runs through Monday, September 2.
As usual, the festival has snared a number of high-profile titles, most notably Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Jason Reitman's Labor Day, and Errol Morris' The Unknown Known. The strength of the festival, though, lies not only in the curated selection of films expected to compete for year-end awards, but also in the independent and international films that it anoints with a coveted selection, giving those films an extra boost that's much needed in a crowded fall festival environment.
This year, that includes Frank Pavich's Jodorowsky's Dune, Mark Cousins' Here Be Dragons and A Story of Children and Film, and Milius, from directors Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa.
Featured among the revival programs is the director's cut of Mike Hodges' The Terminal Man, presented by actor/writer/director Buck Henry; Werner Herzog's Aguirre, The Wrath of God, and Giulio Petroni's Death Rides a Horse, presented by Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics.
Plus, novelist Don Delillo will present Victor Erice's La Morte Rouge and also analyze the 26-second Zapruder film (the home movie of the JFK assassination 50 years ago).
Here are excerpts from the official announcement at the official site:
40th Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following new feature films to play in its main program, the 'SHOW':
• ALL IS LOST (d. J.C. Chandor, U.S., 2013)
• BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL (d. Philippe Claudel, France, 2013)
• BETHLEHEM (d. Yuval Adler, Israel, 2013)
• BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (d. Abdellatif Kechiche, France, 2013)
• BURNING BUSH (d. Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic, 2013)
• DEATH ROW: BLAINE MILAM + ROBERT FRATTA (d. Werner Herzog, U.S., 2013)
• FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS (d. Mitra Farahani, U.S., 2013)
• THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN (d. Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine, U.S., 2013)
• GLORIA (d. Sebastián Lelio, Chile, 2013)
• GRAVITY (d. Alfonso Cuarón, U.S./U.K., 2013)
• IDA (d. Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland, 2013)
• INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (d. Joel and Ethan Coen, U.S., 2013)
• THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (d. Ralph Fiennes, U.K., 2013)
• LABOR DAY (d. Jason Reitman, U.S., 2013)
• THE LUNCHBOX (d. Ritesh Batra, India, 2013)
• LA MAISON DE LA RADIO (d. Nicolas Philibert, France, 2013)
• MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN (d. Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran, 2013)
• THE MISSING PICTURE (d. Rithy Panh, Cambodia/France, 2013)
• NEBRASKA (d. Alexander Payne, U.S., 2013)
• PALO ALTO (d. Gia Coppola, U.S., 2013)
• THE PAST (d. Asghar Farhadi, France/Italy, 2013)
• SLOW FOOD STORY (d. Stefano Sardo, Italy, 2013)
• STARRED UP (d. David Mackenzie, U.K., 2013)
• TIM'S VERMEER (d. Teller, U.S., 2013)
• TRACKS (d. John Curran, Australia, 2013)
• UNDER THE SKIN (d. Jonathan Glazer, U.K., 2013)
• THE UNKNOWN KNOWN (d. Errol Morris, U.S., 2013)
This year, Telluride Film Festival invites six past Guest Directors to return with new programs: novelist Don Delillo (TFF 2006) presents LA MORTE ROUGE (d. Victor Erice, Spain, 2006) and analyzes the 26-second ZAPRUDER film; screenwriter, director Buck Henry (TFF 2005) presents the "director's cut" of THE TERMINAL MAN (d. Mike Hodge, U.S., 1972); writer Phillip Lopate (TFF 1995) presents NAKED CHILDHOOD (d. Maurice Pialat, France, 1969) with Pialat's short, LOVE EXISTS (France, 1960); novelist Michael Ondaatje (TFF 2010) presents short films LA JETÉE (d. Chris Marker, France, 1962) and ELEPHANT (d. Alan Clarke, U.K., 1989); film scholar, curator and author B. Ruby Rich (TFF 1996) presents ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (d. Sara Gómez, Cuba, 1974); writer Salman Rushdie (TFF 2004) presents MAHANAGAR (d. Satyajit Ray, India, 1963).
Additional film revivals include Pierre Rissient's selections, short MUSCLE BEACH (d. Irving Lerner, Joseph Strick, U.S., 1948) and TV episode A PIECE OF THE ACTION (d. Bernard Girard, U.S., 1962); "Pordenone Presents" has two selections: HE WHO GETS SLAPPED with The Alloy Orchestra performing their brand new score, and A SIMPLE CASE (d. Vsevolod Pudovkin, USSR, 1930) with a live musical performance by Gabriel Thibaudeau both presented by Paolo Cherchi Usai; PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (d. William Dieterle, U.S., 1948) presented by David Thomson; LE JOLI MAI (d. Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme, France, 1963) presented by Colin MacCabe; LA POISON (d. Sacha Guitry, France, 1951) presented by Monique Montgomery; AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (d. Werner Herzog, Germany, 1972); and Michael Barker presents DEATH RIDES A HORSE (d. Giulio Petroni, Italy, 1967).
Backlot, Telluride's intimate screening room featuring behind-the-scenes movies and portraits of artists, musicians and filmmakers, will screen the following programs, five of which are preceded by short films:
• DIOR AND I (d. Frédéric Tcheng, U.S., 2013)
• HERE BE DRAGONS (d. Mark Cousins, U.K., 2013)
• JODOROWSKY'S DUNE (d. Frank Pavich, U.S./France, 2013)
• LOCATIONS: LOOKING FOR RUSTY JAMES (d. Alberto Fuguet, Chile, 2013) select screening will be followed by Francis Ford Coppola's RUMBLE FISH (U.S., 1983)
• NATAN (d. David Cairns, Paul Duane, Ireland, 2013)
• MILIUS (d. Zak Knutson, Joey Figueroa, U.S., 2013)
• MULTIPLE VISIONS, THE CRAZY MACHINE (d. Emilio Maille, Mexico, 2012)
• MUSIDORA, THE TENTH MUSE (d. Patrick Cazals, France, 2013)
• PARTICLE FEVER (d. Mark Levinson, U.S., 2013)
• REMEMBRANCE - A SMALL MOVIE ABOUT OUUL IN THE 1950s (d. Peter Von Bagh, Finland, 2013)
• ROAD MOVIE: A PORTRAIT OF JOHN ADAMS (d. Mark Kidel, U.K., 2013)
• A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM (d. Mark Cousins, U.K., 2013)