Starting tomorrow and running through Monday, the Telluride Film Festival will screen 24 new feature films in the "Show" as well as six programs curated by Guest Director Michael Ondaatje, 25 new shorts and 13 documentaries in its Backlot program.
Olivier Assayas's Carlos. See the Cannes roundup. Also heading to New York.
Xavier Beauvois's Of Gods and Men. Cannes. Next stops: Toronto and NYFF.
Ken Burns's The Tenth Inning. A four-hour documentary screening September 28 and 29 on PBS. Click the title for the site.
Justin Chadwick's The First Grader. Heading to Toronto.
Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist. See David Cairns's review.
Mark Cousins's The First Movie. From the site: "What's it like to be a child in war — not when the conflict is raging, but when the war tide is out, as it were, when kids are telling stories or playing games? The First Movie is about the 'not-war.'"
Lavinia Currier's Oka! Amerikee. From the site: "Oka! Amerikee is an independent feature film filmed on location in the Central African Republic in the summer of 2009. The film tells the story of an American ethnomusicologist and his life with the Bayaka people of the Central African rainforest."
Shlomi Eldar's Precious Life. Heading to Toronto.
Charles Ferguson's Inside Job. Cannes. Also slated for Toronto and NYFF.
Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro Volte. Cannes. Then, Toronto and NYFF.
Stephen Frears's Tamara Drewe. Cannes. And Toronto.
Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Toronto.
Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful. Cannes. Then, Toronto.
Lee Chang-dong's Poetry. Cannes. Toronto and NYFF.
Mike Leigh's Another Year. Cannes. Toronto, NYFF.
Errol Morris's Tabloid. Toronto.
Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go. Toronto — and then it opens the London Film Festival.
Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones's A Letter to Elia. Screening Out of Competition in Venice, and then in New York.
Florin Serban's If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle. Berlin.
Bertrand Tavernier's The Princess of Montpensier. Cannes. See, too, the Ferroni Brigade's presentation of its Golden Donkey.
Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal's Chico and Rita. Toronto.
Denis Villeneuve's Incendies. Toronto.
Peter Weir's The Way Back. Image above. Based on the novel The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz. "When they escape a Siberian labor camp in 1940 seven courageous multi-national prisoners discover the true meaning of friendship as their epic journey takes them across thousands of miles of hostile terrain en-route to India and their freedom."
MICHAEL ONDAATJE'S HALF DOZEN
John Huston's Fat City (1972).
Vincent Monnikendam's Mother Dao, The Turtlelike (1995).
Robert Rossen's The Hustler (1961).
Larisa Shepitko's The Ascent (1977).
István Szabó's Confidence (1980).
Jan Troell's Here's Your Life (1966).
Stig Björkman's ...But Film Is My Mistress and Images From the Playground. SF International describes Mistress as "an attempt to capture Ingmar Bergman's extraordinary filmmaker persona based on behind-the scenes footage from eight movies, from Persona in 1965 to Saraband in 2003." From the Swedish Film Database: "In the early 50s, Ingmar Bergman got himself a cine-camera, a 9.5 mm Bell & Howell, which he often used both privately and in his work. Images from the Playground presents these films, providing a diverse representation of one of the greatest artists in cinema."
Patrick Cazals's Hurricane Kalatozov. On Mikhail Kalatozov (The Cranes Are Flying, I Am Cuba).
David Hoffman's Music Makers of the Blue Ridge. A black-and-white doc that originally aired on US public television in 1965.
Pascal Hoffmann and Benny Jaberg's Daniel Schmid: Le Chat Qui Pense. On Daniel Schmid, naturally.
Michael House's The Magnificent Tati. Michael Guillén interviewed House in January.
Harutyun Khachatryan's Documentarist. From Karlovy Vary: "The chapters The Quarry, Maternity Hospital, Beggars, Beggars’ Feast, Children’s Home, Refugees and The Shooting all give a testimony of today’s Armenia. Working with stone, weddings and a woman giving birth, the sense of solidarity – these are among the lighter aspects of a country devastated by war and unemployment. A country gripped by poverty, exodus, alcoholism and crime. The governor of a prison sees her clients as political prisoners, since they abused the independence of their country. They are satiated, their children are hungry. Criminals hunt people, people hunt stray dogs. But death is followed by new life, and hopelessness by hope."
Mark Kidel's Pygmies in Paradise.
Craig McCall's Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff. The Cannes roundup has a trailer.
Alexander Nanau's The World According to Ion B. From the Transilvania International Film Festival: "The film starts in 2008. Ion B is a 62 year-old homeless man living in Bucharest. As a young man, he had dreamed of becoming a film director. In the 70’s he started creating collages that he refers to as “my films”. In 2008, a young gallery owner heard by chance about Ion and his work. The homeless man showed him a collection of old suitcases filled with almost 1000 collages he had made between the 70’s and the 90’s. Only one year later, in 2009, Ion lives in his own home and has become one of the most important contemporary Romanian artists. This is the story of a genuine artist living on the edge of society, creating art in its purest form. For himself."
Sasha Waters Freyer's Chekhov for Children. On "the 1979 staging on Broadway of Uncle Vanya by New York City 5th & 6th graders, directed by the celebrated writer Phillip Lopate."
Jane Weiner's On "Being There" With Richard Leacock. On the documentary legendary and innovative filmmaker.
Jon Wilkman's Moguls and Movie Stars (two episodes from a TCM series).
The festival will present three Silver Medallion awards, "given to recognize an artist's significant contribution to the world of cinema," to Claudia Cardinale, Colin Firth and Peter Weir. For more details on these awards and other special events, see the site, though, frankly, Film Threat's copy of the press release is easier to read.
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