Announcing aheavily US-centric line-up on its opening day, organisers of the 32nd TellurideFilm Festival have snagged world premiere bragging rights to films includingJames Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line starring Joaquin Phoenix and ReeseWitherspoon, and Scott McGehee and David Siegel's drama Bee Season starring Richard Gere and JulietteBinoche.
Also scheduledto play in Colorado are Stuart Gordon's contemporary film noir Edmond, based on the David Mamet play andstarring William H Macy, Liev Schreiber's directorial debut Everything IsIlluminated starringElijah Wood, and Andy Garcia's eagerly awaited Cuban revolution drama TheLost City starring BillMurray, Ines Sastre and Dustin Hoffman.
Ang Lee's BrokebackMountain starring JakeGyllenhaal and Heath Ledger takes its place among the line-up, as do BennettMiller's biographical Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Hans Canosa's relationshipdrama Conversations With Other Women, which stars Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart.
Neil Jordan's coming-of-age story Breakfast On Pluto starring Cillian Murphy belongs to a contingent ofweighty international features that includes Michael Haneke's Cannes awardwinner Hidden starring JulietteBinoche and Daniel Auteuil, Hany Abu-Assad's tale of Palestinian suicidebombers Paradise Now, HouHsiao-hsien's Taiwanese trio of shorts Three Times, and the holocaust drama Fateless from Hungary's Lajos Koltai.
The festivalwill pay tribute to Mickey Rooney, Charlotte Rampling, and Belgian filmmakersJean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who will screen their 2005 Cannes Palme d'Orwinner The Child.
Novelist DonDeLillo will present classic screenings of Barbara Loden's Wanda, Michelangelo Antonioni's ThePassenger, and VictorErice's The Spirit Of The Beehive in his capacity as guest director.
The 2005 Special Medallion will be presented to theCriterion Collection and its sister company Janus Films.
The programmeincludes a salute to filmmaker Merian C Cooper and a retrospective of the workof Eugene Green. Telluride runs from Sept 2-5.