Main programme includes Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and Rosewater.

The Telluride Film Festival (Aug 29 - Sept 1) has revealed the line-up for its 41st edition, packed with films tipped for awards season.

The festival will include 85 features, short films and revivals representing 28 countries, along with special artist tributes, conversations, panels and education programmes.

The main programme includes Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, which opened the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews yesterday.

The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, and Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater are all generating awards buzz.

There are also several titles that picked up prizes in Cannes earlier this year including Foxcatcher, which won Bennett Miller best director; Russian drama Leviathan, winner of best screenplay; Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, which saw Timothy Spall win best actor; and jury prize winner Mommy from Xavier Dolan.

  • The 50 Year Argument (d. Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi, UK-US)
  • ’71 (d. Yann Demange, UK)
  • 99 Homes (d. Ramin Bahrani, US)
  • Birdman (d. Alejandro González Iñárritu, US)
  • Dancing Arabs (d. Eran Riklis, Israel-Germany-France)
  • The Decent One (d. Vanessa Lapa, Australia-Israel-Germany)
  • Diplomacy (d. Volker Schlöndorff, France-Germany)
  • Foxcatcher (d. Bennett Miller, US)
  • The Gate (d. Régis Wargnier, France-Belgium-Cambodia)
  • The Homesman (d. Tommy Lee Jones, US)
  • The Imitation Game (d. Morten Tyldum, UK-US)
  • Leviathan (d. Andrey Zvgagintsev, Russia)
  • The Look Of Silence (d. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark-Indonesia-Norway-Finalnd-US)
  • Madame Bovary (d. Sophie Barthes, UK-Belgium)
  • Merchants Of Doubt (d. Robert Kenner, US)
  • Mommy (d. Xavier Dolan, Canada)
  • Mr. Turner (d. Mike Leigh, UK)
  • The Price Of Fame (d. Xavier Beauvois, France)
  • Red Army (d. Gabe Polsky, US-Russia)
  • Rosewater (d. Jon Stewart, US)
  • The Salt Of The Earth (d. Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Brazil-Italy-France)
  • Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (d. Nick Broomfield, UK-U.S)
  • Two Days, One Night (d. Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Belgium-Italy-France)
  • Wild (d. Jean-Marc Valleé, US)
  • Wild Tales (d. Damián Szifrón, Argentina-Spain)

Additional ‘sneak previews’ may play outside the main programme and will be announced on the Telluride Film Festival website over the course of the four-day weekend.

Schlöndorff, Swank, Apocalypse Now tributes

This year’s Silver Medallion Awards, given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema, will go to German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff, actress Hilary Swank and feature Apocalypse Now.

Schlöndorff 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.

US actress Hilary Swank, who picked up Oscars for her leading roles in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, will be honoured alongside a screening of her latest performance in The Homesman.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now will be recognised in celebration of its 35th anniversary. Screened from a new DCP of the original theatrical cut, guests will include Coppola, screenwriter John Milius, producer-casting director Fred Roos, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and editor-sound designer Walter Murch.

In addition, the 2014 Special Medallion award will go 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 1960 film, is a recent example of Bologna’s restorative work and will screen as part of the programme.

Guest directors

Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan, who serve as key collaborators in the festival’s programme, will present six films:

California Split (d. Robert Altman, US, 1974)

Il Grido (d. Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1957)

M (d. Joseph Losey, US, 1951)

A Man’s Castle (d. Frank Borzage, US, 1933)

The Road To Glory (d. Howard Hawks, US, 1936)

Wicked Woman (d. Russell Rouse, US, 1953)

Additional film revivals include Gerhard Lamprecht’s 1926 feature Children Of No Importance and Orson Welles 1938 film Too Much Johnson both presented by the Pordenone Silent Film Festival with live accompaniment by Donald Sosin.

There will be a collection of short films by Carroll Ballard forming the programme, Carroll Ballard: Seems Like Only Yesterday; and Brian G. Hutton’s 1968 feature Where Eagles Dare.


Telluride’s intimate screening room, Backlot, featuring behind-the-scenes movies and portraits of artists, musicians and filmmakers, will screen nine titles:

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, US-France, 2014)

I Stop Time (d. Gunilla Bresky, Sweden-Russia, 2014)

Keep On Keepin’ On (d. Alan Hicks, US, 2014)

Magician (d. Chuck Workman, US, 2014)

Night Will Fall (d. André Singer, UK-US-Israel, 2014)

Seymour (d. Ethan Hawke, US, 2014)

Socialism (d. Peter von Bagh, Finland, 2014)