Al Pacino's second film as director Chinese Coffee and Phil Kaufman's eagerly awaited Marquis de Sade drama Quills are receiving their world premieres this weekend at the 27th annual Telluride Film Festival which unveiled its programme to attendees today. The prestigious festival, which has received personal sponsorship support this year from the likes of Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman and Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, never reveals its programme in advance of the event but is always guaranteed to score a couple of coups.
Pacino will be in Telluride to attend the Chinese Coffee screening. Fox Searchlight Pictures has worldwide rights to both that film - also in Toronto next week - and Quills which is being touted as a major Oscar hopeful.
Barbet Schroeder's Our Lady Of The Assassins - which is in competition at the concurrent Venice Film Festival - is also screening here, marking the seventh Schroeder film to do so. Australia's Paul Cox is also celebrating his seventh festival with the North American premiere of Innocence.
Many films from this year's Cannes Film Festival are screening here including Liv Ullmann's Faithless, E Elias Mehrige's Shadow Of The Vampire, Edward Yang's A One And A Two (aka Yi Yi), Kristian Levring's The King Is Alive and Amos Gitai's Kippur.
Paul Schrader's Forever Mine, which screened as a work in progress at Toronto last year, gets a full public screening here.
Other films in the lineup include Andrew Dominik's Australian smash Chopper, Patrice Leconte's latest The Widow Of St Pierre, Jonathan Teplitzky's Better Than Sex and Bahman Ghobadi's A Time For Drunken Horses.