Telluride Film Fest's Lineup Features Work From 27 Countries
This image released by Roadside Attractions shows Renée-Zellweger as Judy Garland in a scene from "Judy," in theaters on Sept. 27. (David Hindley/Roadside Attractions via AP)
  • TELLURIDE, Colo.
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Official program selections have been unveiled for the 46th edition of the Telluride Film Festival. The Telluride Fest will screen over 75 feature films, short films and revival programs representing 27 countries, along with special artist Tributes, Conversations, Panels, Student Programs and Festivities. Telluride Film Festival takes place Friday, August 30-Monday, September 2, 2019.

The following new feature films will play in its main program:

• THE AERONAUTS (d. Tom Harper, U.S. – U.K., 2019)

• THE ASSISTANT (d. Kitty Green, U.S., 2019)

• THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM (d. Daniel Gordon, Australia, 2019)

• BEANPOLE (Kantemir Balagov, Russia, 2019)

• THE CLIMB (d. Michael Angelo Covino, U.S., 2019)

• COUP 53 (d. Taghi Amirani, U.K., 2019)

• DIEGO MARADONA (d. Asif Kapadia, U.K., 2019)

• FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC (d. Werner Herzog, U.S. – Japan, 2019)

• FIRST COW (d. Kelly Reichardt, U.S., 2019)

• FORD v FERRARI (d. James Mangold, U.S., 2019)

• JUDY (d. Rupert Goold, U.K.-U.S., 2019)

• A HIDDEN LIFE (d. Terrence Malick, U.S. – Germany, 2019)

• THE HUMAN FACTOR (d. Dror Moreh, U.K., 2019)

• INSIDE BILL’S BRAIN (d. Davis Guggenheim, U.S., 2019)

• THE KINGMAKER (Lauren Greenfield, U.S., 2019)

• LYREBIRD (d. Dan Friedkin, U.S., 2019)

• MARRIAGE STORY (d. Noah Baumbach, U.S., 2019)

• MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (d. Edward Norton, U.S., 2019)

• OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE (d. Ric Burns, U.S., 2019)

• PAIN AND GLORY (d. Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2019)

• PARASITE (d. Bong Joon-ho, South Korea, 2019)

• PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (d. Céline Sciamma, France, 2019)

• THE REPORT (d. Scott Z. Burns, U.S., 2019)

• TELL ME WHO I AM (d. Ed Perkins, U.K., 2019)

• THOSE WHO REMAINED (d. Barnabás Toth, Hungary, 2019)

• THE TWO POPES (d. Fernando Meirelles, U.K., 2019)

• UNCUT GEMS (d. Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, U.S., 2019)

• VARDA BY AGNÈS (d. Agnès Varda, France, 2019)

• VERDICT (d. Raymond Ribay Gutierrez, Philippines, 2019)

• WAVES (d. Trey Edward Schults, U.S., 2019)

Also playing in the main program is Country Music (director Ken Burns, U.S., 2019); Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (d. Mark Cousins, U.K., 2019); and three short films: Fire In Paradise (d. Zack Canepari, Drea Cooper, U.S., 2019), Into The Fire (d. Orlando von Einsiedel, Iraq-U.K., 2019) and Lost And Found (d. Orlando von Einsiedel, Bangladesh-U.K., 2019).

The 2019 Silver Medallion Awards, given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema, will be presented to Academy Award winning actress Renée Zellweger (with Judy), Oscar nominated actor Adam Driver (with Marriage Story, and The Report) and Oscar nominated Philip Kaufman (with newly restored The Unbearable Lightness of Being). Tribute programs include a selection of clips followed by the presentation of the Silver Medallion, an onstage interview and a screening of the aforementioned films.

Guest director Pico Iyer, who serves as a key collaborator in the Festival’s program, presents the following revival programs:

• LATE AUTUMN (d. Yasujirō Ozu, Japan, 1960)

• THE MAKIOKA SISTERS (d. Kon Ichikawa, Japan, 1983)

• MR. AND MRS. IYER (d. Aparna Sen, India, 2002)

• UNDER THE SUN (d. Vitaly Mansky, Czech Republic-Russia-Germany-Latvia-North Korea, 2015)

• WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS (d. Mikio Naruse, Japan, 1960)

Additional film revivals include The Wind (d. Victor Sjöström, U.S, 1928), and a new 35mm print of The Phantom Carriage (d. Victor Sjöström, Sweden, 1921).

Telluride Film Festival annually celebrates a hero of cinema--an organization or individual--that preserves, honors and presents great movies. This year’s Special Medallion award goes to the company that revolutionized sound, Dolby Laboratories.

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

• 63 UP (d. Michael Apted, U.K., 2019)

• BILLIE (d. James Erskine, U.K., 2019)

• CHULAS FRONTERAS (d. Les Blank, U.S., 1976)

• THE GIFT: THE JOURNEY OF JOHNNY CASH (d. Thom Zimny, U.S., 2019)

• LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE (d. Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, U.S., 2019)


• SOROS (d. Jesse Dylan, U.S., 2019)

• UNCLE YANCO (d. Agnès Varda, France-U.S., 1967) + BLACK PANTHERS (d. Agnès Varda, France-U.S., 1968)

Additional Festivities will take place throughout the Festival including a Poster Signing with 2019 poster artist Edwina White; two Philip Kaufman classics including The Right Stuff (U.S., 1983) and The Wanderers (U.S, 1979); and Sydney Pollack’s long anticipated Amazing Grace (U.S., 1972/2015).

“We are fortunate every year to share some the finest films created with our audience in Telluride” said executive director Julie Huntsinger. “This year is no exception. We are taken aback at the quality and variety of movies we’ve been lucky enough to include.”

Telluride Film Festival’s shorts program, Filmmakers of Tomorrow, includes three sections: Student Prints, Calling Cards and Great Expectations from eighteen emerging filmmakers from around the globe.

Telluride Film Festival’s Student Programs present students the opportunity to experience film as an art and expand participants’ worldview through film screenings and filmmaker discussions. The Student Symposium provides 50 graduate and undergraduate college students with a weekend-long immersion in cinema. The City Lights Project, celebrating its 20th year, brings together 15 high school students and five teachers from three schools to participate in a concentrated program of screenings and discussions. FilmLAB offers a master-class program for ten UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television graduate filmmaking students. The FilmSCHOLAR program gives young film scholars and aspiring critics the opportunity to immerse themselves in a weekend of cinema and learn from some of the best in the field. Created in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin. University Seminars allows university professors to travel with students to the Festival and participate in special programming throughout the weekend.

Telluride Film Festival’s Talking Heads programs allow attendees to go behind the scenes with the Festival’s special guests. Seven Conversations take place 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.


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