Peter Weir’s The Way Back, Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go and Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech are among the line-up announced by the 37th Telluride Film Festival running from September 3-6.
The annual pre-Toronto elite gathering in the Rockies traditionally features unofficial world premieres of some of the most eagerly awaited awards season contenders.
Weir’s long awaited gulag escape adventure The Way Back stars Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Jim Sturgess and Ed Harris. Newmarket announced today  that it will distribute the film in the US on January 21 2011, the first film produced by parent company Exclusive Films to be released by Newmarket. National Geographic Entertainment and Imagenation Abu Dhabi co-produced.
Toronto-bound Romanek’s Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation Never Let Me Go stars Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield. The line-up includes Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones’ A Letter To Elia, Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, and Cannes entries Another Year from Mike Leigh, Stephen Frear’s Tamara Drewe, Charles Ferguson’s InsideJob, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Biutiful.
Ferguson is one of three notable documentarians with new work screening at Telluride, the other two being Ken Burns with The Tenth Inning and Errol Morris with Tabloid.
For the first time, Telluride is presenting digital in all its venues and sneak previews will screen throughout the festival.
The full line-up so far is as follows.
A Letter To Elia (US, 2010), Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones
Another Year(UK, 2010), Mike Leigh
Biutiful (Mexico, 2010) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mexico, 2010)
Carlos (France, 2010) Olivier Assayas
Chico And Rita (Spain-Cuba, 2010), Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal
The First Grader (UK, 2010), Justin Chadwick
The First Movie (UK, 2009), Mark Cousins
Happy People: A Year In The Taiga (Germany, 2010), Dmitry Vasyukov with Werner Herzog
If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (Romania, 2010), Florin Serban
The Illusionist (UK, France 2010), Sylvain Chomet
Incendies (Canada, 2010), Denis Villeneuve
Inside Job (US, 2010), Charles Ferguson
The Kings Speech (UK, 2010), Tom Hooper
Le Quattro Volte (Italy, 2010), Michelangelo Frammartino
Never Let Me Go (UK-US, 2010), Mark Romanek
Of Gods And Men (France, 2010), Xavier Beauvois
Oka! Amerikee (US-Central African Republic, 2010), Lavinia Currier
Poetry (South Korea, 2010), Lee Chang-dong
Precious Life (Israel, 2010), Shlomi Eldar
The Princess Of Montpensier (France, 2010), Bertrand Tavernier
Tabloid (US, 2010), Errol Morris
Tamara Drewe(UK, 2010), Stephen Frears
The Tenth Inning (US, 2010), Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
The Way Back (UK, 2010), Peter Weir
Silver Medallion awards recognising “an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema” will be presented to Italian film star Claudia Cardinale, The King’s Speechstar Colin Firth, and Peter Weir.
UCLA Film & Television Archive will receive this year’s Special Medallion award in honour of “a hero of cinema - an organisation or individual - that preserves, honours and presents great movies.”
Previously announced guest director Michael Ondaatje presents six films spanning the last four decades of the 20th century: Larisa Shepitko’s The Ascent (USSR, 1977); Istvan Szabo’s Confidence (Hungary, 1980); John Huston’s Fat City (US, 1972); Jan Troell’s Here’s Your Life (Sweden, 1966); Robert Rossen’s The Hustler (US, 1961); and Vincent Monnikendam’s Mother Dao, The Turtlelike(Netherlands, 1995).
The full programme will be posted on September 3 on the official website at www.telluridefilmfestival.org
The full programme will be posted on September 3 on the official website.