The Telluride Film Festival revealed their lineup this morning, and the organizers have long-staked their reputation on being careful curators, even if that means offering up more challenging fare or unexpected titles than pundits might be looking forward to. “I don’t think the conversations will be quite as loud this year. There is a steadiness to the films and a balance in quality. Sometimes there are things that are so super sparkly and explosive. This year, we have films that require a lot of thought. If that means awards people get bored, so be it,” the festival’s co-director Julie Huntsinger told Indiewire. Thus, you can expect more surprising choices like “Taj Mahal.”
Also slated to screen at the Venice Film Festival, the film features “Nymphomaniac” star Stacy Martin and Alba Rohrwacher among the international cast in director Nicolas Saada‘s dramatization of the terror attack at the titular hotel in 2008. Here’s the official synopsis:
One evening, while her parents go out for dinner, 18-year-old Louise, alone in her hotel room at Taj Mahal Mumbai, hears strange noises out in the corridor. Within minutes, she realises that a terrorist attack is underway. Her only connection to the outside world is her cell phone, which allows her to maintain contact with her father, who is desperately trying to reach her from the other side of a city that has been plunged into chaos. Louise must spend a long night alone in the face of danger. She will never be the same again.
Check out the first international trailer below (sorry, no subs). Perhaps this will be a sleeper fave with critics?