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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.