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IN TELLURIDE | Kerrigan and Solondz

IN TELLURIDE | Kerrigan and Solondz

Of the 8 or so movies I’ve watched during the past three days here at the Telluride Film Festival two stand out, Lodge Kerrigan’s “Keane” and Todd Solondz’s “Palindromes.” Both are challenging, powerful new films that will be playing at festivals in Toronto and New York this fall, and hopefully will also find a home in theaters.

Lodge Kerrigan’s third feature offers another stunning lead performance, in “Clean, Shaven” it was Peter Greene and in “Claire Dolan” it was Katrin Cartlidge, while in Kerrigan’s latest, Damian Lewis is stellar in the lead role. Lewis plays Keane, a man dealing with the abduction his daughter. As the film unfolds and we discover the depths of Keane’s mental problems, we start to ponder the details of his loss.

Todd Solondz’s latest, a film that has severely divided audiences here in Telluride, opens with home video footage of a funeral that memorializes a member of the Wiener family, characters depicted in Solondz’s “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” The cousin of Mark, Dawn, and Missy Weiner, Aviva is the young, awkward Jersey girl we meet in Solondz’s latest film. Her journey is punctuated by experiences that have left audiences discussing, debating, and in some cases dismissing Solondz’s new film.

[More to come on these and other films in Tuesday’s full report from the festival.]

Tomorrow’s lineup is filled with TBA slots — the programmers like to leave the majority of the final festival slots open for the films that are most in demand. Attendees will make plans for the final day, tomorrow morning.

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