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Telluride Reveals 2018 Full Lineup: ‘Destroyer,’ ‘White Boy Rick,’ and ‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Set for World Premieres

New films from Alfonso Cuarón, Karyn Kusama, Hirokazu Kore-eda, David Lowery, and Jason Reitman round out the starry festival slate.


This year’s star-studded Telluride Film Festival is mere hours from kicking off in the mountains of Colorado, and as is the annual event’s tradition, it has just now revealed its enviable lineup. As usual, this year’s fest features a range of buzzy fall season movies, including many films also premiering in Venice and Toronto as well as others resurfacing from earlier in the year, just in time for awards season. Filmmakers in this year’s program range from Alfonso Cuarón to Karyn Kusama, Hirokazu Kore-eda to Jason Reitman, and many more. The festival will also honor Cuarón, Emma Stone, and Rithy Panh as part of their long-running tributes section.

Films premiering at this year’s Telluride include a number of features already expected to impact the awards race in a major way, from Cuarón’s “Roma” to David Lowery’s Robert Redford-starring “The Old Man & the Gun” to Kusama’s intriguing “Destroyer,” which centers on a nearly unrecognizable Nicole Kidman as a distraught cop, will screen at the festival in advance of its TIFF showings, as will Yann Demange’s “White Boy Rick,” Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased,” and Jason Reitman’s “The Front Runner.”

While the festival will play home to a number of world premieres, it will also screen favorites that have screened elsewhere, most notably Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters,” which is already slated as Japan’s official submission for this year’s Oscars. Fresh off its Venice world premiere, Damien Chazelle’s Ryan Gosling-starring biopic “First Man” will also land at the festival, as well as fellow Venice picks, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite”
and Orson Welles’ final film “The Other Side of the Wind.”

Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s Cannes premiere “Birds of Passage,” just recently picked as Colombia’s official Oscar submission, will also play at Telluride, as will Ali Abbasi’s genre-bending “Border,” which is Sweden’s official entry. There are a number of surprises, too, including Ralph Fiennes’ ballet drama “The White Crow” and Ed Zwick’s Cameron Todd Willingham true-crime story “Trial By Fire.”

A number of documentaries round out the lineup, including Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg’s Netflix feature “Reversing Roe,” James Longley’s “Angels Are Made of Light,” and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s much-anticipated “Meru” followup, “Free Solo.”

The full lineup is listed below. This year’s Telluride Film Festival runs August 31 – September 3.

“Angels Are Made of Light” (d. James Longley, U.S.-Denmark-Norway, 2018)
“Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” (d. Pamela E. Green, U.S., 2018)
“The Biggest Little Farm” (d. John Chester, U.S., 2018)
“Birds of Passage” (d. Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego, Colombia-Denmark-Mexico, 2018)
“Border” (d. Ali Abbasi, Sweden, 2018)
“Boy Erased” (d. Joel Edgerton, U.S., 2018)
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (d. Marielle Heller, U.S., 2018)

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

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“Cold War” (d. Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland-France-U.K., 2018)
“Destroyer” (d. Karyn Kusama, U.S., 2018)
“Dogman” (d. Matteo Garrone, Italy-France, 2018)
“Dovlatov” (d. Aleksei German, Russia-Poland-Serbia, 2018)
“The Favourite” (d. Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland-U.K.-U.S., 2018)
“First Man” (d. Damien Chazelle, U.S., 2018)
“Fistful of Dirt” (d. Sebastián Silva, U.S., 2018)
“Free Solo” (d. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, U.S., 2018)
“The Front Runner” (d. Jason Reitman, U.S., 2018)
“Ghost Fleet” (d. Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron, U.S., 2018)
“Girl” (d. Lukas Dhont, Belgium-Netherlands, 2018)
“Graves Without a Name” (d. Rithy Panh, France-Cambodia, 2018)
“The Great Buster” (d. Peter Bogdanovich, U.S., 2018)
“Meeting Gorbachev” (d. Werner Herzog and André Singer, U.K.-U.S.-Germany, 2018)

“The Other Side of the Wind”


“Non Fiction” (d. Olivier Assayas, France, 2018)
“The Old Man & the Gun” (d. David Lowery, U.S., 2018)
“The Other Side of the Wind” (d. Orson Welles, U.S., 1976/2018)
“Peterloo” (d. Mike Leigh, U.K., 2018)
“Reversing Roe” (d. Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, U.S., 2018)
“Roma” (d. Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico, 2018)
“Shoplifters” (d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, 2018)
“They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” (d. Morgan Neville, U.S., 2018)
“Trial by Fire” (d. Ed Zwick, U.S., 2018)
“Watergate — or, How We Learned to Stop an Out-of-Control President” (d. Charles Ferguson, U.S., 2018)
“White Boy Rick” (d. Yann Demange, U.S., 2018)
“The White Crow” (d. Ralph Fiennes, U.K., 2018)

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