The 2013 Telluride Film Festival kicks off in a couple weeks! The dates are August 31st – September 2nd. To celebrate the 40th anniversary this year, the festival is adding an extra day and an extra screening venue.
While the official lineup remains a secret until opening day, ScreenCraft has a list of exclusive educated guesses from longtime TFF expert Michael Patterson. His top predictions for this year’s lineup (although this is by no means official):
1) Nebraska – This is Alexander Payne’s next film, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. It is expected to be released in late 2013.
2) Labor Day – Jason Reitman’s next film. He has a long history with the Telluride Film Festival (his films Juno and Up in the Air both premiered at TFF).
3) The Invisible Woman - Directed by Ralph Fiennes and based on Claire Tomalin’s book The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens. While it’s set to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, there’ s a good chance it will “pre-premiere” at a sneak screening at Telluride.
4) Inside Llewyn Davis - this is the Coen Brothers’ latest film which premiered at Cannes to great reviews.
5) All is Lost - Directed by JC Chandor and starring Robert Redford with almost no dialogue. It premiered out of competition at Cannes.
6) The Unknown Known - Errol Morris’ doc about Donald Rumsfeld
7) Gravity – highly anticipated film from Alfonso Cuaron starring George Clooney (a past TFF honoree) and Sandra Bullock.
8) The Past - This film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (who won the Oscar for Best Foreign film last year with A Separation) is a shoe-in.
9) The Immigrant – from director James Gray, this film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
10) The Story of Children and Film – from writer/director Mark Cousins (whose last film was at Telluride)
11) 12 Years a Slave - Telluride likes to add a couple sparkly studio pics to the line-up and this one has a strong chance because director Steve McQueen’s last two films have premiered at the festival (Hunger and Shame).
12) Blue is the Warmest Color – from French director Abdellatif Kechiche, this film with its controversial sex scenes is perhaps just provocative enough to warrant inclusion in this year’s lineup.
13) The Lunchbox (Dabba) – this Hindi film is set to premiere at Toronto, which makes it a strong contender for Telluride.
14) Daughter of the Dawn – this silent film from 1920 has only been shown once since it’s filming. Recently restored, it has a solid chance of debuting at Telluride. Better late than never!
15) Enough Said – Directed by Nicole Holofcener, and starring the late James Gandolfini (in one of his final roles).
Questions? Comments? Anything to add? Agree? Disagree? Let’s make some bets!
“If it seems to exist on a higher plane than Cannes, Toronto or Sundance, this is not just a matter of altitude.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
For more of Michael Patterson’s up to date predictions for the 2013 Telluride Film Festival, check out his blog here.