It’s Labor Day Weekend, which means it’s the beginning of the Oscar seasons with the Venice Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival beginning. Things then move over to Toronto, and it’s safe to start predicting what has a chance at Oscar, what doesn’t, and what will get overlooked.
The Telluride Film Festival keeps its lineup a secret until the day of the festival. For some, that’s terrifying to not know what will be playing in the nested city of the San Juan Mountains. For some, it takes a plane ride, and a seven hour drive from DIA to get there. The lineup better be good.
Previous attendees at Telluride can assure that new festival goers will get their money’s worth. Directors and stars are quite accessible, and the programmers are smart enough that you’ll get to see any movie that you want.
For recurring festival goers, it becomes a fun game to predict who or what will be showing up at Telluride. Here’s a short guessing/wish list:
HONOREE HOPEFUL: David Cronenberg – A Dangerous Method seems to be on its way already, so why not honor the director who’s beginning his fourth decade of being successful?
HONOREE HOPEFUL: George Clooney – The New York Post and Denver Post are reporting that he will be there. As a tribute, it would be a fascinating interview to watch the a-list star joke around in the mountains. Telluride may just explode.
HONOREE HOPEFUL: Luc Besson – One could say that he’s one of the more influential action directors/writers of the 90’s, and his new film, The Lady, is a very Telluride-ish movie. He seems to not be as well publicized as the previous hopefuls.
HONOREE HOPEFUL: Antonio Banderas – The Skin I Live In, the latest collaboration between Antonio Banderas and Pedro Almodovar seems like a Telluride candidate, and the Desperado-star would be exciting to see.
It all stars tomorrow, with Once Upon A Time In America being screened to the city in the park. What does that mean?