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Film fans will be making the journey to Telluride, Colorado for the Telluride Film Festival, which starts Friday and runs through Monday. Festival organizers finally announced their selections and who will be there to receive honors for their work.
For the 39th edition of the festival, Telluride organizers followed their standard practice of waiting until the very last moment to announce its lineup. As The Wrap notes, it does this to allow the Venice and Toronto festivals to promote world or North American premieres while still drawing major titles. This year, it takes place two days after Venice and six days ahead of Toronto.
One of the headlining picks is Ben Affleck’s Argo, which will have its official world premiere at Toronto next week. Its screening at Telluride is being called a sneak peak, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Warner Bros. film tells the true story of how Hollywood had a role in rescuing a group of American hostages during the 1979 crisis in Iran. The title has not officially been announced yet, but the Times and The Hollywood Reporter are confident that it could take one of the unannounced slots.
Another key film being shown is Michael Haneke’s Amour, which won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and could contend for an Oscar. Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone, which also won acclaim at Cannes and stars Marion Cotillard, will also be shown.
The Squid and the Whale director Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, Liz Garbus’ documentary Love, Marilyn and Ken Burns’ The Central Park Five are among the films premiering at the festival.
Cotillard, actor Mads Mikkelsen and producer Roger Corman will be honored for their work. Two classic Corman films will be screened, while Mikkelsen’s two latest films will be shown. The Hunt, which earned him best actor at Cannes, and A Royal Affair will both be screened.
Telluride’s organizers maintain that they do not pick films based on their Oscars chances, but the festival has helped showcase several eventual recent winners, including The Artist and A Separation.
You can check out the full list of films at the festival’s website.