Telluride Jumps the Gun on Oscar Season with 31 Announced Titles


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Just days after the Venice Festival premiered with Alexander Payne’s Downsizing and last night’s premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, the Telluride Festival has announced the 31 films it will will screen over the Labor Day weekend.

While Telluride has claimed that none of the movies that screen there are official World Premieres, other festivals like the Toronto Festival have thought otherwise, and have removed the “World Premiere” status and prime venues for the films that screen at Telluride before the Canadian festival begins on Sept. 7.

Telluride is still considered significant because many Academy members and important industry types attend, knowing it will be the first time they’ll get to see many movies that will first screen in the Colorado mountainside venues, giving them a good headstart on awards season.

Prior films that played to raves at Telluride include Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Ben Affleck’s Argo and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, all of which went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

This year’s line-up includes Battle of the Sexes, the first film from Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton since their Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine, and the first screenings of Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Oldman is already thought to be a Best Actor frontrunner sight unseen. Annette Bening’s performance in Paul McGuigan’s  Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is also being eyed with similar awards consideration.

Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian drama First They Killed My Father will first be seen in Telluride, as will Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, almost a week before their Toronto premieres. Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird will also show at Telluride despite being one of Toronto’s opening night galas.

Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, thought to be another possible nomination for his regular muse Julianne Moore, will also play the fest in between its Cannes premiere and the New York Festival next month.

Documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Errol Morris will also be presenting their latest works, Burns with The Vietnam War and Morris with his Netflix series Wormwood.

And then, of course, Payne and del Toro’s films will show there presumably confirming their placement in this year’s Best Picture race.

The full line-up is below:

ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER (d. Rebecca Miller, U.S., 2017)
BATTLE OF THE SEXES (d. Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, U.S., 2017)
DARKEST HOUR (d. Joe Wright, U.K., 2017)
DOWNSIZING (d. Alexander Payne, U.S., 2017)
EATING ANIMALS (d. Christopher Quinn, U.S., 2017)
FACES PLACES (d. Agnes Varda, JR, France, 2017)
A FANTASTIC WOMAN (d. Sebastián Lelio, Chile-U.S.-Germany-Spain, 2017)
FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (d. Paul McGuigan, U.K., 2017)
FIRST REFORMED (d. Paul Schrader, U.S., 2017)
FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER (d. Angelina Jolie, U.S.-Cambodia, 2017)
FOXTROT (d. Samuel Maoz, Israel, 2017)
HOSTAGES (d. Rezo Gigineishvili, Georgia-Russia-Poland, 2017)
HOSTILES (d. Scott Cooper, U.S., 2017)
HUMAN FLOW (d. Ai Weiwei, U.S.-Germany, 2017)
THE INSULT (d. Ziad Doueiri, France-Lebanon, 2017)
LADY BIRD (d. Greta Gerwig, U.S., 2017)
LAND OF THE FREE (d. Camilla Magid, Denmark-Finland, 2017)
LEAN ON PETE (d. Andrew Haigh, U.K.-U.S., 2017)
LOVELESS (d. Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia-France-Belgium-Germany, 2017)
LOVE, CECIL (d. Lisa Immordino Vreeland, U.S., 2017)
LOVING VINCENT (d. Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, U.K.-Poland, 2017)
A MAN OF INTEGRITY (d. Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran, 2017)
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (d. Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 2017)
THE RIDER (d. Chloé Zhao, U.S., 2017)
THE SHAPE OF WATER (d. Guillermo del Toro, U.S., 2017)
TESNOTA (d. Kantemir Balagov, Russia, 2017)
THE VENERABLE W. (d. Barbet Schroeder, France-Switzerland, 2017)
THE VIETNAM WAR (d. Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, U.S., 2017)
WORMWOOD (d. Errol Morris, U.S., 2017)
WONDERSTRUCK (d. Todd Haynes, U.S., 2017)

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