Two years after screening Volker Schlöndorff’s “Diplomacy,” the Telluride Film Festival has named the German filmmaker its 2016 Guest Director. Tucked away in a hard-to-reach ski-resort town in Colorado, the festival has long invited filmmakers, writers, artists and musicians to curate a small selection of movies for its Labor Day Weekend festivities.
“Since 1981 Telluride has been part of my life, my favorite festival for the uniqueness of the location and the number of friends I met and made there,” said Schlöndorff, whose best-known work remains 1979’s “The Tin Drum.” “It’s not just about our love of movies, but of life and conviviality and good will for a lot of lost causes. Julie Huntsinger and Tom Luddy are in touch with me all around the year, exchanging funny links and gossip. Of all honours, it’s one of the greatest to curate a program in the mountains.” Julie Huntsinger, executive director of the festival, is equally enthusiastic: “Volker is the type of person Tom Luddy and I dream about when we begin the Guest Director selection process. His love and knowledge of the cinema allows for limitless possibilities; films we could never imagine being shown on the big screen again.”
Past Guest Directors include Michael Ondaatje, Alexander Payne, Salman Rushdie, Errol Morris, Laurie Anderson and Don DeLillo. This year’s edition of the festival, its 43rd, runs from September 2 – 5.