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by Eugene Hernandez
September 2, 2010 5:48 AM
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Docs Top 2010 Telluride Roster

Documentary films are the buzz of this year's Telluride Film Festival. In keeping with tradition, the lineup for the event is announced just 24 hours before the event begins in Colorado tomorrow and the roster includes a number of notable documentaries.

Errol Morris will unveil his latest, "Tabloid," ahead of its Toronto debut next week, while Ken Burns will present "The Tenth Inning" and Werner Herzog will be at the event with "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga."

Shlomi Eldar's "Precious Life," a look at Israeli and Palestinian doctors’ attempts to save the life of a Palestinian baby, will screen prior to traveling to Toronto. Telluride will also unveil "A Letter to Elia," directed by Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones, concurrent with its premiere this week at the Venice Film Festival. Doc legend Rickie Leacock will be at this year's festival. The event will include a look at work by Robert Flaherty and Telluride will spotlight filmmaker Harutyun Khachatryan. Even more docs will screen for free in the fest's Backlot theater all weekend.

Some two dozen new feature films lead the roster of more than eighty titles that will screen at this weekend's Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.

Evening tributes to both Colin Firth and Peter Weir will showcase new films from both men. Firth stars as George VI in Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech," and he'll be in Telluride with Hooper and film co-star Geoffrey Rush. Peter Weir will appear with his latest, "The Way Back," set in a Siberian prison camp.

Looking back, Telluride will salute legendary actress Claudia Cardinale this weeeknd. The Italian star will be in Colorado for a tribute that will include conversations with Hilton Als and Davia Nelson, as well as a screening of Valerio Zurlini's 1961 film, "The Girl With The Suitcase."

The Telluride Film Festival poster. Design by Ralph Eggleston

A selection of films from this year's Cannes Film Festival, as well as a program of classic and restored films, as well as a number of short fllms, round out the roster for the 37th Telluride fest.

Mark Romanek's "Never Let Me Go" is on the lineup ahead of its Toronto fest launch and distributor Fox Searchlight is expected to unveil two more titles with unannounced sneak previews at the Telluride Film Festival. Festival organizers are silent on the matter, but word is that Danny Boyle will debut "127 Hours" and Darren Aronofsky will make the trip from Venice to Telluride for the U.S. debut of "Black Swan," which opened the Venice Film Festival last night. The much talked about new film, starring Natalie Portman, will be at the Toronto fest next week.

Heading to Telluride directly from Cannes are Mike Leigh's "Another Year," Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "Biutiful," Olivier Assayas' "Carlos," Charles Ferguson's "Inside Job," Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry," Bertrand Tavernier's "The Princess of Montpensier," and Stephen Frears' "Tamara Drewe." Other notable inernational entries include Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist" and "If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle," directed by Florin Serban, both from this year's Berlin International Film Festival

As usual, Telluride will showcase numerous classics, archival films and restored work.

As the festival organizers said last year, it’s as important at a film festival to offer classics and repertory cinema as it is to debut new work. “For those of us who love movies,” explained festival co-director Gary Meyer, in a conversation with indieWIRE last year, “I don’t think that our world is limited to new movies. We often relate something we see to our past moviegoing experiences.”

This year's Telluride fest will include a selection of films from the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the organization will be awarded a special medallion. Also this year, popular fest attendee Serge Bromberg will present a collection of classic 3D titles. Finally, filmmaker Michael Ondaatje is this year's guest director presenting favorite films.

-- the Telluride Film Festival lineup is available on the next page --

The Telluride Film Festival lineup:

"A Letter to Elia," directed by Martin Scorcese and Kent Jones
"Another Year," directed by Mike Leigh
"Biutiful," directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu
"Brandy in the Wilderness," directed by Stanton Kaye (1968)
"Carlos," directed by Olivier Assayas
"Chicago," directed by Cecil B. DeMille (1927)
"Chico and Rita," directed by Fernando Trueba
"The First Grader," directed by Justin Chadwick
"The First Movie," directed by Mark Cousins
"The Girl With The Suitcase," directed by Valerio Zurlini (1961)
"The Illusionist," directed by Sylvain Chomet
"Happy People: A Year in the Taiga," directed by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov
"If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle," directed by Florin Serban
"Incendies," directed by Denis Villeneuve
"Inside Job," directed by Charles Ferguson
"The King's Speech," directed by Tom Hooper
"Moana: A Story of the South Seas," directed by Robert Flaherty (1927)
"Never Let Me Go," directed by Mark Romanek
"Of Gods and Men," directed by Xavier Beauvois
"Oka! Amerikee," directed by Lavinia Currier
"The Plummer," directed by Peter Weir (1976)
"Poetry," directed by Lee Chang-dong
"Precious Life," directed by Shlomi Eldar
"The Princess of Montpensier," directed by Bertrand Tavernier
"Le Quattro Volte," directed by Michelangelo Frammartino
"Rotaie" directed by Mario Camerini (1930)
"Tabloid," directed by Errol Morris
"Tamara Drewe," directed by Stephen Frears
"The Tenth Inning," directed by Ken Burns
"The Way Back," directed by Peter Weir

Six Films: Curated by Michael Ondaatje
"The Ascent," directed by Larisa Shepitko (1977)
"Confidence," directed by Istvan Szabo (1980)
"Fat City," directed by John Huston (1972)
"Here's Your Life," directed by Jan Troell (1966)
"The Hustler," directed by Robert Rossen (1961)
"Mother Dao, the Turtlelike," directed by (1995)

Spotlight on Harutyun Khachatryan
"Border," by Harutyun Khachatryan
"Return of the Poet," by Harutyun Khachatryan

Backlot
"...But Film is My Mistress," directed by Stig Bjorkman
"Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff," directed by Craig McCall
"Chekhov for Children," directed by Sasha Waters Freyer
"Daniel Schmid: Le Chat Qui Pense," directed by Pascal Hoffman and Benny Jaberg
"Documentarist," directed by Harutyun Khachatryan
"Hurricane Kalatozov," directed by Patrick Cazals
"Images from a Playground," directed by Stig Bjorkman
"Moguls and Movie Stars," directed by Jon Wilkman
"The Magnificent Tati," directed by Michael House
"Music Makers of the Blue Ridge," by David Hoffman
"On 'Being There' with Richard Leacock," directed by Jane Weiner
"Pygmies in Paris," directed by Mark Kidel with "African Pygmy Thrills"
"The World According to Ion B.," directed by Alexander Nanau

Showcase for Shorts
"The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger," directed by Bill Plympton
"Dennis Jakob Unplugged," directed by Errol Morris
"For the Birds," directed by Ralph Eggleston
"Frozen," directed by Naghi Nemati
"Mickey Bader," directed by Frida Kempff
"The Shadow's Dream" directed by Jeff Scher
"Stretching," directed by Francois Vogel

Filmmakers of Tomorrow
"Dreams Awake," directed by Kevin Gordon and Rebekah Meredith
"God of Love," directed by Lukas Matheny
"The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock," directed by Lucy Gaffy
"Off Season," directed by Jonathan Van Tulleken
"On Leave," directed by Asaf Saban
"The Queen," directed by Christina Choe
"Woman in Purple," directed by Igor Drljaca
"Wolves," directed by Rafael Sommerhalder

Great Expectations
"Come To Me," directed by Ewa Banaszkiewicz
"Fatenah," directed by Admad Habash
"Poster Girl," directed by Sara Nesson

Calling Cards
"Deeper Than Yesterday," directed by Ariel Kleiman
"Ezra Rishona," directed by Yarden Karmin
"Flawed," directed by Andrea Dorfman
"Hideg Berek," directed by Mihaly Schwechtje
"Let's Harvest the Organs of Death Row Inmates," directed by Max Joseph
"On the Run with Abdul," directed by David Lale
"Tussilago," directed by Jonas Odell

3 Comments

  • Andy K | September 8, 2010 7:40 AMReply

    Not very impressed by the list...

  • deborah | September 2, 2010 12:05 PMReply

    the list would be better if it listed the lead female and male actors along side the movies even if we do not know them

  • Richard Paradise | September 2, 2010 6:46 AMReply

    Can't make it to Telluride or Toronto? Consider attending the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival beginning on September 9th - www.mvfilmfest.com