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Thank You!

That's a wrap. Enormous thanks to all of our pass holders, guests, sponsors and of course, amazing filmmakers for making the 41st Telluride Film Festival possible.  Your loyalty and belief in TFF sustain our organization and we appreciate every last one of you. 

Too soon to think about next year?  No way! The Telluride Film Festival will be held over Labor Day Weekend September 4-7, 2015. Mark your calendars and see you at the SHOW.

 

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41st Telluride Film Festival Program Lineup

Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, announces its official program selections for the 41st edition of Telluride Film Festival. TFF’s celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best in world cinema in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. TFF will screen 85 feature films, short films and revivals representing twenty-eight countries, along with special artist Tributes, Conversations, Panels, Education Programs and Festivities. 

41st Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following 25 new feature films to play in its main program: 
THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT (d. Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi, U.K.-U.S., 2014)
’71 (d. Yann Demange, U.K., 2014)
99 HOMES (d. Ramin Bahrani, U.S., 2014)
BIRDMAN (d. Alejandro González Iñárritu, U.S., 2014)
DANCING ARABS (d. Eran Riklis, Israel-Germany-France, 2014)
THE DECENT ONE (d. Vanessa Lapa, Israel-Austria, 2014)
DIPLOMACY (d. Volker Schlöndorff, France-Germany, 2014)
FOXCATCHER (d. Bennett Miller, U.S., 2014)
THE GATE (d. Régis Wargnier, France-Belgium-Cambodia, 2014)
THE HOMESMAN (d. Tommy Lee Jones, U.S., 2014)
THE IMITATION GAME (d. Morten Tyldum, U.K.-U.S., 2014)
LEVIATHAN (d. Andrey Zvgagintsev, Russia, 2014)
THE LOOK OF SILENCE (d. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark-Indonesia-Norway-Finalnd-U.S., 2014)
MADAME BOVARY (d. Sophie Barthes, U.K.-Belgium, 2014)
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT (d. Robert Kenner, U.S., 2014)
MOMMY (d. Xavier Dolan, Canada, 2014)
MR. TURNER (d. Mike Leigh, U.K., 2014)
THE PRICE OF FAME (d. Xavier Beauvois, France, 2014)
RED ARMY (d. Gabe Polsky, U.S.-Russia, 2014)
ROSEWATER (d. Jon Stewart, U.S., 2014)
THE SALT OF THE EARTH (d. Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Brazil-Italy-France, 2014)
TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER (d. Nick Broomfield, U.K.-U.S, 2014)
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (d. Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Belgium-Italy-France, 2014)
WILD (d. Jean-Marc Valleé, U.S., 2014)
WILD TALES (d. Damián Szifrón, Argentina-Spain, 2014)

Additional Sneak Previews may play outside the main program and will be announced here over the course of the four-day weekend.

The 2014 Silver Medallions, given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema, go to German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff who will present his latest work DIPLOMACY as part of the Tribute program, his 1992 collaboration with Billy Wilder, BILLY, HOW DID YOU DO IT? and his 1970 film BAAL starring Rainer Werner Fassbinder, both of which will play elsewhere in the program; Two-time Academy award-winning actress Hilary Swank (BOYS DON’T CRY, MILLION DOLLAR BABY) who stars in TFF selection, THE HOMESMAN; and in celebration of its 35th Anniversary, Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW – screened from a new DCP of the original theatrical cut - including guests Coppola, screenwriter John Milius, producer-casting director Fred Roos, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and editor-sound designer Walter Murch. 

Guest Directors Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan, who serve as key collaborators in the Festival’s program, present the following six films: 
CALIFORNIA SPLIT (d. Robert Altman, U.S., 1974)
IL GRIDO (d. Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1957)
M (d. Joseph Losey, U.S., 1951)
A MAN’S CASTLE (d. Frank Borzage, U.S., 1933)
THE ROAD TO GLORY (d. Howard Hawks, U.S., 1936)
WICKED WOMAN (d. Russell Rouse, U.S., 1953)

Additional film revivals include CHILDREN OF NO IMPORTANCE (d. Gerhard Lamprecht, Germany, 1926) and TOO MUCH JOHNSON (d. Orson Welles, U.S., 1938) both presented by the Pordenone Silent Film Festival with live accompaniment by Donald Sosin; a collection of short films by Carroll Ballard forming the program, CARROLL BALLARD: SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY; and WHERE EAGLES DARE (d. Brian G. Hutton, U.S., 1968) from a print courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Backlot, Telluride’s intimate screening room featuring behind-the-scenes movies and portraits of artists, musicians and filmmakers, will screen the following nine programs:
BERTOLUCCI ON BERTOLUCCI (d. Walter Fasano, Luca Guadagnino, Italy, 2013)
FORBIDDEN FILMS (d. Felix Moeller, Germany, 2014)
HOW TO SMELL A ROSE (d. Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht, U.S.-France, 2014)
I STOP TIME (d. Gunilla Bresky, Sweden-Russia, 2014)
KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON (d. Alan Hicks, U.S., 2014)
MAGICIAN (d. Chuck Workman, U.S., 2014)
NIGHT WILL FALL (d. André Singer, U.K.-U.S.-Israel, 2014)
SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION (d. Ethan Hawke, U.S., 2014)
SOCIALISM (d. Peter von Bagh, Finland, 2014)

“When we finish putting together the program there is a moment of absolute joy,” said Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger. “We never know what the film world will bring us when we set out each year, but with incredible gratitude to the filmmakers and artists and satisfaction in knowing we have screened everything imaginable, we are once again thrilled to present the absolute best in new American and world cinema and treasured films from the past. We hope our audience will be as inspired as we are. “  

Telluride Film Festival annually celebrates heroes of cinema who preserve, honor and present great movies. The 2014 Special Medallion goes to Cineteca di Bologna and Gian Luca Farinelli for the significant role played in film restoration and preservation of film culture. JOYFUL LAUGHTER, Mario Monicelli’s masterpiece from 1960 is a recent example of Bologna’s restorative work and will screen as part of the program. 

Telluride Film Festival’s SHOWcase for Shorts features fourteen short films chosen to precede select feature films; Filmmakers of Tomorrow includes three programs: Student Prints, Great Expectations, and Calling Cards from eighteen emerging filmmakers. 

Telluride Film Festival’s Education Programs present students the opportunity to experience film as an art and expand participants’ worldview through film screenings and filmmaker discussions. The Student Symposium provides 54 graduate and undergraduate college students a weekend-long immersion in cinema. The City Lights Project, now in its 15th year, brings 21 high school students and seven teachers from four divergent schools the opportunity to participate in a concentrated program of screenings and discussions. FilmLAB offers a master-class program for UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television graduate filmmaking students. The Roger Ebert/TFF University Seminars give university professors and students the opportunity to travel to the Festival each year to participate in special programming and to attend screenings throughout the weekend.

Telluride Film Festival’s Talking Heads programs allow attendees to go behind the scenes with the Festival’s special guests. Six Conversations take place between Festival guests and the audience about cinema and culture, and three outdoor Noon Seminars feature a panel of Festival guests discussing a wide range of film topics. These programs are free and open to the public. 

Various Festivities will take place throughout the Festival including Book Signings with Cheryl Strayed (Wild), Maziar Bahari (Then They Came for Me), Sayed Kashua (Dancing Arabs), Werner Herzog (A Guide for the Perplexed), and Ted Hope (Hope for Film); Quincy Jones presents: Justin Kauflin in Concert, music from KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON; and Behind the Scenes: Feast and Lava where makers of Disney’s FEAST and Pixar’s LAVA share their inspiration behind and creation of two memorable animation films.

Corporate support at Telluride Film Festival plays an essential role in the life of the Festival and underscores the Festival’s commitment to quality, adventure and distinction in the art of cinema. TFF is privileged to collaborate with some of the world’s most renowned consumer and entertainment brands, including Turner Classic Movies, EY, Audible.com, Film Finances, Inc., Meyer Sound, Bombardier Business Aircraft, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Universal Studios; and excited to welcome new partners Blu Homes, Peter G. Dodge Foundation, Vimeo, Speck-- each of which are aligned with a unique feature of the festival. Equally, Telluride Film Festival is extremely proud of its committed relationships with UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Americas Film Conservancy, London Hotels: NYC & West Hollywood, Dolby, Teatulia, Telluride Alpine Lodging, New Sheridan Hotel, The Hollywood Reporter, Cinedigm, Boston Light and Sound, Land Rover North America, Canon, Dell, Novo Coffee and Time Warner Cable Business Class.

Huntsinger comments, “We simply could not present Telluride Film Festival without the generous support of our sponsors, who believe in what we do and back us meaningfully and repeatedly. “ 

The 41st Telluride Film Festival’s program will be posted in its entirety here at Noon Thursday, August 28, 2014.

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2014 Guest Directors Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan

We are thrilled to announce Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan as Telluride Film Festival 41 Guest Directors. The husband and wife team is set to select a series of films to present at the Festival. The Guest Director program is sponsored by Audible.com.
 
Festival organizers annually select one of the world’s great film enthusiasts to join them in the creation of the Festival’s program lineup. The Guest Director serves as a key collaborator in the Festival’s programming decisions, bringing new ideas and overlooked films to Telluride. In keeping with Telluride Film Festival tradition, Maddin and Morgan’s film selections, along with the rest of the Telluride lineup will be kept secret and unveiled on Opening Day, August 29, 2014.
 
“Guy and Kim have long been a part of Telluride,” said Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger. “There was no question that they were the perfect choice for this year’s Festival. Their energy, knowledge and enthusiasm is a winning combination – our audience will benefit from that when their selections are unveiled at the Festival!”
 
Guy Maddin is an installation artist, writer and filmmaker, the director of ten feature-length movies, including MY WINNIPEG (2007), THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD (2003), and innumerable shorts. He has also mounted around the world over seventy performances of his films featuring live elements – orchestra, sound effects, singing and narration.
 
Twice he has won America's National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Film, with ARCHANGEL (1991, TFF 17) and THE HEART OF THE WORLD (2001). He has been bestowed many other awards, including the Telluride Silver Medallion in 1995, San Francisco International Film Festival’s Persistence of Vision Award in 2006, and an Emmy for his ballet film DRACULA - PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY (2002). Maddin is a print journalist and author of three books.
 
Kim Morgan is a film, music and culture writer who has written for Salon, GQ, LA Weekly, Criterion, MSN Movies, Huffington Post, IFC, Entertainment Weekly, The Dissolve, Playboy, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Garage Magazine.
 
Morgan has presented movies and moderated interviews for the Los Angeles Film Noir Festival and the Palm Springs Noir Festival. She has guest programmed for TCM and recently presented two films for Telluride Film Festival.
 
Morgan has worked with Maddin on several occasions appearing in his short films, or “Hauntings” with Udo Kier. They collaborated together on the short, BING AND BELA and their upcoming series “Seances” will move to MOMA in 2014.
 
“We are honored and thrilled to be guest directors at Telluride, by far the most concentrated, smartly curated, and enchanting of all the film festivals,” Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan commented jointly. “More than any other festival, Telluride is driven by the sheer love of cinema -- discovering new talents, honoring titans and unearthing neglected masterworks and geniuses. The opportunity to share our favorite films with Telluride and its always-discerning audience is not only exciting but an absorbing, wonderful challenge. There are so many movies we love, and to program a selection of six...  where to begin? We really wanted to show those masterpieces we felt hadn't been revived enough, if ever, and to see them as they were meant to be seen -- on the big screen. We can’t wait to watch!”