As per tradition, the Telluride Film Festival waited until the very last minute to announce the lineup for its latest edition, which kicks off tonight in Colorado. You can check out the entire list over at Indiewire, but of definite note: The festival will pay tribute to Rooney Mara while offering American audiences their first look at her performance in Todd Haynes’ lesbian period romance “Carol,” which stars Mara alongside Cate Blanchett. The film notably is skipping the Toronto Film Festival before screening again in New York and London.
“Carol” is the definite LGBT highlight of Telluride, with the like of “Freeheld,” “Stonewall,” “About Ray” and “The Danish Girl” all not screening at the festival. With regard to the latter, it seemed to simply be a matter of scheduling.
Of course, not every highly anticipated fall title will premiere at the festival, and Huntsinger noted that she was “very curious” about Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” which stars Eddie Redmayne as a transgender woman in the early 20th century. According to Huntsinger, Redmayne’s obligations on the new “Harry Potter” movie shooting overseas meant he was only available for two weekends, so distributor Focus Features opted for Venice and Toronto.
Telluride runs until Monday.