Telluride Film Festival organisers have unveiled two late additions to the programme that will premiere in the coming days in a move that could impact on the classification of one Toronto gala screening.
The first is Andrea Di Stefano’s August 30 screening Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in the tale of an American surfer in Colombia who falls for the drug baron’s niece.
The positioning of the thriller in the Telluride Film Festival invokes the new policy outlined by Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) top brass with regard to films that receive their world premiere in the Rockies.
Escobar is scheduled to screen in Toronto on September 11. That second-week berth is consistent with TIFF’s edict on the positioning of films that will have received their world premiere in Telluride.
However it remains to be seen whether the film’s status – which at time of writing was categorised on the official TIFF website as a world premiere – will be downgraded.
RADiUS-TWC holds US rights to Escobar: Paradise Lost and Pathé International is the international sales agent.
The second Telluride sneak is the Errol Morris documentary The Clarity Of Peace on September 1.
The film is not bound for Toronto and profiles three people who stood up and effected profound change: Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, Poland’s Solidarity founder Lech Walesa and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof.