TELLURIDE: Settling in for the 38th annual

Posted by · 2:42 pm · September 1st, 2011

So here I sit in Telluride, a nice view of the mountainside gondolas out the window, a swift flight and gorgeous shuttle ride later. As always, we were greeted with the festival program upon boarding the charter this morning, which also carried filmmakers Werner Herzog and Alexander Payne, actress Tilda Swinton, etc., their presence at the airport already hinting at what was likely to be inside.

The three most expected films are here: Payne’s “The Descendants,” David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” and Steve McQueen’s “Shame.” Those will be at the top of my list this weekend. Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs” is, along with Payne’s film, the big first-look get for the festival. Though we’ll get looks at McQueen’s flick ahead of Venice, it appears. Also of interest to me are Cannes carry-overs “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Le Havre,“The Kid with a Bike” and “Footnote.” And on the documentary front, there is Matin Scorsese’s “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” (centered on Beatle George Harrison) and Herzog’s latest, “Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life.”

“The Artist” is here, though I’ve already seen it (mercifully clearing up a little scheduling time earlier in the week). I may give it another look, however, especially considering one screening is accompanied by the colorized restoration of Georges Méliès’s “A Trip to the Moon,” which would be a delight to see in a theater. And tributes are set for Swinton, George Clooney and French comedian, filmmaker — and clown — Pierre Étaix.

Also, though not on the schedule, Jim Field Smith’s “Butter” is one of the TBAs. We’re still waiting to see if there are other surprises in store. (Having a Clooney tribute would seem to indicate “The Ides of March” is in the cards, but maybe not.)

I still need to go over the retrospectives and see what might be worth plugging into my schedule here or there, but for now, that’s the once over. I’m starved and it’s beautiful out, so I’m getting the heck out of this room. More as it happens.

Meanwhile, Guy’s Venice coverage continues. Keep it here throughout the week for the latest on both fronts.

The full Telluride line-up, via press release:


George Clooney, Pierre Étaix and Tilda Swinton to receive Silver Medallion Awards

Over twenty-five new features plus revival programs and unique programming from Guest Director Caetano Veloso will be presented as part of the 2011 exhibition

Telluride, CO (September 1, 2011) – Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, announces its program for the 38th Telluride Film Festival. Featuring diverse programming from around the globe, TFF once again sets the stage for some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.

TFF opens its 38th year with over twenty-five new feature films plus special artist tributes, Guest Director programs selected by Caetano Veloso, Backlot programs, classics and restorations, shorts, student films, seminars and conversations, each introduced or proceeded with a Q&A by its filmmaker, actors, writer or producer. Telluride Film Festival opens Friday, September 2 and runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 5.


38th Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following new feature films to play in its main program, the ‘SHOW’:

· ALBERT NOBBS (d. Rodrigo Garcia, U.S., 2011)

· THE ARTIST (d. Michel Hazanavicius, France, 2011)

· BECOMING BERT STERN (d. Shannah Laumeister, U.S., 2011)

· BITTER SEEDS (d. Micha X. Peled, U.S., 2011)

· BONSÁI (d. Cristián Jiménez, Chile, 2011)

· A DANGEROUS METHOD (d. David Cronenberg, U.K.-Switzerland-U.S.-Canada, 2011)

· THE DESCENDANTS (d. Alexander Payne, U.S., 2011)

· DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL (d. Lisa Immordino-Vreeland, U.S., 2011)

· FOOTNOTE (d. Joseph Cedar, Israel, 2011)

· THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (d. Joshua Marston, U.S.-Albania-Denmark-Italy, 2011)

· GOODBYE FIRST LOVE (d. Mia Hansen-Løve, France, 2011)

· LE HAVRE (d. Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 2011)

· HOLLYWOOD DON’T SURF (d. Greg Macgillivray, Sam George, U.S., 2011)

· IN DARKNESS (d. Agnieszka Holland, Poland, 2011)

· INTO THE ABYSS: A TALE OF DEATH, A TALE OF LIFE (d. Werner Herzog, U.S., 2011)

· THE ISLAND PRESIDENT (d. Jon Shenk, U.S., 2011)

· THE KID WITH A BIKE (d. Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Belgium, 2011)

· LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD (d. Martin Scorsese, U.S., 2011)

· PASSERBY (d. Eryk Rocha, Brazil, 2011)

· PERDIDA (d. Viviana García Besné, Mexico, 2011)

· PINA (d. Wim Wenders, Germany, 2011)

· A SEPARATION (d. Asghar Farhadi, Iran, 2011)

· SHAME (d. Steve McQueen, U.K., 2011)

· THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY (d. Mark Cousins, U.K., 2011)

· TARGET (d. Alexander Zeldovich, Russia, 2011)

· THE TURIN HORSE (d. Béla Tarr, Hungary, 2011)

· THE WAY HOME (d. Dr. Biju, India, 2010)

· WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (d. Lynne Ramsey, U.K., 2011)

Additional Sneak Previews will play outside the main program and will be announced over the course of the four-day weekend on the Telluride Film Festival website:

“This has proven to be a marvelous year for the Telluride Film Festival. We discovered many more fine movies than our four-day weekend could include. There were difficult decisions and the results make for an exciting and varied selection of new works by both established filmmakers, many returning to Telluride, and first-time directors,” said Festival Co-Director Gary Meyer.


The 2011 Silver Medallion awards, given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema, go to the following three honorees:

· GEORGE CLOONEY – Academy Award-winning actor (SYRIANA; MICHAEL CLAYTON; UP IN THE AIR) and director (CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND; GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK) George Clooney will grace the stage to receive the Silver Medallion award and participate in an onstage interview. His latest starring role in Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS will screen throughout the festival in the main program.

· PIERRE ÉTAIX –The French filmmaker, actor, writer and visionary will be presented the Silver Medallion award followed by an onstage interview and screening of THE SUITOR (d. France, 1963). An additional program will include a screening of YOYO (France, 1970) and Étaix’s Oscar-winning short film HAPPY ANNIVERSARY (France, 1962).

· TILDA SWINTON – Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton (EDWARD II; ORLANDO, MICHAEL CLAYTON; DEEP END) stars in Lynne Ramsey’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, shown following the presentation of the Silver Medallion and onstage interview.

Telluride Film Festival annually celebrates a hero of cinema that preserves, honors and presents great movies. This year’s Special Medallion award goes to British film magazine Sight & Sound. Alan Clarke’s rarely seen 1974 film PENDA’S FEN, will be introduced by one of the magazine’s editors, Nick James.

Tom Luddy, Co-Founder of the Festival expressed his anticipation of this year’s event, “In addition to an especially strong mixture of new surprises from around the world and archival finds, this year’s Guest Director, Caetano Veloso will be presenting six films, both rare and established classics, with his unique enthusiasm about why they are movies worth seeing again or for the first time.”


Previously announced Guest Director Caetano Veloso, who serves as a key collaborator in the Festival’s program, presents the following six films in archival 35mm prints:

· ANICETO (d. Leonardo Favio, Argentina, 2008)

· THE APARTMENT (d. Billy Wilder, U.S., 1960)

· BLACK GOD, WHITE DEVIL (d. Glauber Rocha, Brazil, 1964)

· LE GRANDES MANOEUVRES (d. René Clair, France, 1955)

· NORDESTE: CORDEL, REPENTE E CANÇÃO (d. Tânia Quaresma, Brazil, 1975)

· VIVRE SA VIE (d. Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1962)


· FROM MORNING TO MIDNIGHT (d. Karl-Heinz Martin, Germany, 1920) – Brand new original score performed live by the Alloy Orchestra.

· HAPPY-GO-LUCKY (d. Vasili Shukshin, Russia, 1972)

· THE HOUSE ON TRUBNAYA SQUARE – (d. Boris Barnet, USSR, 1928) – A score by Dennis James, commissioned by the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley for its 25th Anniversary, will be performed by its composer and his Filmharmonia Ensemble.

· SPOTLIGHT ON MARCEL PAGNOL – Two films will screen in celebration of the great French filmmaker: HARVEST (France, 1939) and MERLUSSE (France, 1938) introduced by Nicolas Pagnol and Alice Waters.

· A TRIP TO THE MOON AND BEYOND – Serge Bromberg returns to Telluride with Georges Méliès’s famous 1902 “moon with a rocket in the eye” completely restored by Lobster Films and the Groupama Gan and Technicolor Foundation. Along with other surprises from attics and flea markets, Bromberg accompanies it all with live piano and stories.


Backlot, Telluride’s intimate screening room featuring behind-the-scenes movies and portraits of artists, musicians and filmmakers, will screen the following programs:

· AVENTURERA (d. Alberto Gout, Mexico, 1950)

· DOCUMENTARY REVOLUTIONS: featuring two hour-long documentaries THE DOCUMENTARY FILM MOB (d. Chris Durlacher, U.K., 2011) and THE CAMERA THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (d. Mandy Chang, U.K., 2011)

· I AM MY FILMS, PART 2… 30 YEARS LATER (d. Christian Weisenborn, Germany, 2011)

· IN THE TRACKS OF GEORGE DELERUE (d.Pascale Cuenot, France, 2011)


· NOTES FOR AN IMAGINARY BIOGRAPHY (d. Edgardo Cozarinsky, France, 2011)

· SARRIS, SILENTS AND SOUNDS: a collection of short films including ANDREW SARRIS: CRITIC IN FOCUS (d. Casimir Nozkowski, U.S., 2011); SERGEI PROKOFIEV (d. Julia Titova, Russia, 2011); NIGHT HUNTER (d. Stacy Steers, U.S., 2011); and ODE TO THE DAWN OF MAN (d. Werner Herzog, U.S., 2011)

· SODANKYLÄ FOREVER (d. Peter von Bagh, Finland, 2011)

· TROPICÁLIA (d. Marcelo Machado, Brazil, 2011)


SHOWcase for Shorts features twelve short films chosen to precede select feature films. Filmmakers of Tomorrow includes three short programs: Student Prints, Great Expectations and Calling Cards from eighteen emerging filmmakers.


Celebrating its 23rd year, the Student Symposium provides 50 graduate and undergraduate college students a weekend-long immersion in cinema. The City Lights Project, now in its 12th year, brings fifteen high school students and five teachers from three divergent schools the opportunity to participate in a concentrated program of screenings and discussions.


Telluride Film Festival’s Talking Heads programs allow attendees to go behind the scenes with the Festival’s special guests. Seven Conversations between Festival guests and the audience about cinema and culture, and three outdoor Noon Seminars feature a panel of Festival guests discussing a wide range of film topics. These programs are free and open to the public.


· ALICE WATERS BOOK SIGNING –Alice Waters signs copies of her new book 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering.

· CAETANO VELOSO BOOK SIGNING – Festival Guest Director Veloso signs copies of Tropical Truth: A Revolution in Music and Brazil.

· OLIVIA HARRISON BOOK SIGNING – Olivia Harrison signs advance copies of her biography George Harrison: Living in the Material World.

· JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY (d. Bert Stern, U.S., 1960)

· THE WORLDS OF MAIRA KALMAN – Previously announced 2011 Poster Artist Maira Kalman, whose works grace the cover of the New Yorker and museum walls around the world, brings some of her favorite prints to Telluride. All proceeds benefit the Festival.

Corporate support at Telluride Film Festival plays an essential role in the life of the Festival. TFF is privileged to collaborate with some of the world’s most renowned and iconic companies, which are each aligned with a unique feature of the Festival. TFF is excited to welcome new partners this year including Land Rover, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Travelocity and Virgin Atlantic Airways who underscore the Festival’s commitment to quality, adventure and distinction in the art of cinema. Equally, Telluride Film Festival has a long relationship with Hollywood and is excited to introduce United Talent Agency to its film family and to underscore its committed and longstanding industry supporters, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Studios.

“TFF would not be the Festival it is today without the generous support from our sponsors,” said Co-Director Julie Huntsinger. “We enjoy a synergistic relationship with our corporate friends and are proud they are part of the Telluride team.”

[Photo: Telluride Film Festival]

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  • 1 9-01-2011 at 3:10 pm

    Mike_M said...

    Jealous, for sure… enjoy it Kris.

  • 2 9-01-2011 at 3:14 pm

    Andy K said...

    Hey Kristopher, what are the short films selected in the programme ?

  • 3 9-01-2011 at 3:14 pm

    Brock Landers said...

    I heard J. Edgar might be the other TBA screening. Any possible truth to that?

  • 4 9-01-2011 at 3:22 pm

    Roy said...

    Completely unrelated, but when is the embargo lifted on Contagion? I’m really looking forward to hearing the reaction to that one.

  • 5 9-01-2011 at 3:34 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Brock: There was a lot of rumor floating around this morning, but I don’t think it’ll be here.

    Embargo lifts on Contagion Saturday.

  • 6 9-01-2011 at 3:56 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Have fun! Looking forward to your reaction on ‘The Descendants’ and ‘Shame’- spare no detail please!

  • 7 9-01-2011 at 4:25 pm

    Fitz said...

    I’m very much looking forward to the critical reception to ‘Shame’. Fassbender is having an excellent year, one just hopes that he doesn’t cancel himself out in any of the categories.

  • 8 9-01-2011 at 4:35 pm

    Phil said...

    When do Telluride screenings actually begin?

  • 9 9-01-2011 at 6:04 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Week from today

  • 10 9-01-2011 at 6:21 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    My bad, @Phil I misread that as Toronto. Festival opens Sept. 2nd.

  • 11 9-01-2011 at 6:26 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Phil: Tomorrow

  • 12 9-01-2011 at 7:20 pm

    Phil said...

    Thanks Kris. Is it okay if I don’t get there in time for the “feed”?

  • 13 9-01-2011 at 7:52 pm

    Andrej said...

    Nice to see a chilean representative there with Bonsái. ¡La mejor de las suertes para Jiménez!

  • 14 9-01-2011 at 9:08 pm

    red_wine said...

    Kris along with the 4 Cannes titles, also catch A Separation if you haven’t seen it already, that movie has been causing waves on the festival circuit this year and is highly acclaimed.

    And I think Tarr’s Turin House is supposed to be Hungary’s Foreign Language Submission or something.

  • 15 9-01-2011 at 10:09 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Phil: Nah, no need.

    red: I really want to see the Tarr.