The unique Telluride Film Festival, which (in)famously asks that you place your trust in it, purchase your pass and book inordinately expensive lodging in its small Colorado mountain town before ever knowing what films will be there, kicks off Friday, and has just announced its line-up.
Due to the writers strike, this year’s festival seems to be low on major premieres — “Juno” and “Walk the Line” are among the films to have first screened there, though this year’s sneak peeks are still a secret. Paul Schrader’s “Adam Resurrected,” a film about a circus performer (Jeff Goldblum) forced to perform for the head of a concentration camp, will premiere there, as will Tim Disney’s “American Violet,” a drama starring Will Patton and Tim Blake Nelson. Plenty of films from Cannes, including “The Good, The Bad and the Weird” and “O’Horten,” are also in the line-up.
Filmmakers David Fincher and Jan Troell, actress Jean Simmons and critic Richard Schickel are the nominees, while the year’s guest director is Slavoj Zizek. Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE has the full line-up.
[Photo: Bent Hamer’s “O’ Horten,” Sony Pictures Classics, 2008]