The thing with The Best Picture category is that it’s always been such a mess when it comes to the nominations. I still wonder why it went to 10 nominees.
There were no big surprises at the the 38th César Awards (the French Oscars) held at the Theatre du Châtelet in Paris just this last Friday.
Amongst the major blockbusters and must-see movies vying for your holiday viewing time, this is a proper movie that definitely requires a viewing.
Amour opens to a limited release just before Christmas this year on December 19th.
About The Film Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers and their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested. Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Cache, The White Ribbon) writes and directs Amour which debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer and won the coveted Palme d’Or. Isabelle Huppert also stars in the film which played at Telluride, TIFF and NYFF
I have seen a few “film-critic‘s” TIFF12 lists saying that the Greta Gerwig starring Frances Ha and directed by Noah Baumbach is going to be a turkey. It just had its screening at the Telluride Film Festival and it seems that these critics are going to be eating crow (as they usually do anyways) because the response has been overwhelmingly positive about the film.
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Historically speaking, when a film gets tapped by the Telluride Film Festival in the mountains of Colorado, it’s among the cream of the crop. Founded in 1974, Telluride has become the first North American venue to exhibit some of the early front-runners in the fall awards season–albeit geared more towards press and industry types. Over the years, they’ve broken the news and offered first impressions of films like Roger & Me, El Mariachi, The Crying Game, Brokeback Mountain, and The Wrestler.
The stipulation for their main program–titled “The Show”–is that the film must be a North American premiere. Every year, the intimate festival and its two or three programmers take on a guest programmer. Some years it’s a personality like Salman Rushdie, other years it’s movie industry people like documentarian Errol Morris. This year, Telluride has chosen English writer-journalist Geoff Dyer. His latest book is titled Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room (About Tarkovsky‘s Stalker, which he has programmed in a sidebar at the fest that annually shows older classics).
For TIFF fans, the fests in Venice and particularly Telluride offer us clues in our never-ending adventure in tinkering with our schedules in order to ensure we program a strong lineup of films for our own individual sake. And because Telluride only picks a couple dozen films to play over Labor Day weekend, that these selections were chosen gives movie lovers a little more certainty–as well as direction–in selecting from the vastness of the TIFF lineup, which leaves everyone dizzy with 300 films before us.
Looking over the 39th Telluride picks, it is heartening that TIFF is playing most of them. Films without asterisks will be skipping Toronto, and this year that number is only four. The rest of them will arrive here next week. They are:
*THE ACT OF KILLING (Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, 2012)
*AMOUR (Michael Haneke, Austria, 2012)
*AT ANY PRICE (Ramin Bahrani, U.S., 2012)
*THE ATTACK (Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon-France, 2012)
*BARBARA (Christian Petzold, Germany, 2012)
*THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon, U.S., 2012)
*EVERYDAY (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2012)
*FRANCES HA (Noah Baumbach, U.S., 2012)
*THE GATEKEEPERS (Dror Moreh, Israel, 2012)
*GINGER AND ROSA (Sally Potter, England, 2012)
*THE HUNT (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 2012)
*HYDE PARK ON HUDSON (Roger Michell, U.S., 2012)
*THE ICEMAN (Ariel Vromen, U.S., 2012)
*LOVE, MARILYN (Liz Garbus, U.S., 2012)
*MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN (Deepa Mehta, Canada-Sri Lanka, 2012)
*NO (Pablo Larraín, Chile, 2012)
*PARADISE: LOVE (Ulrich Seidl, Austria, 2012)
PIAZZA FONTANA (Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy, 2012)
*A ROYAL AFFAIR (Nikolaj Arcel, Denmark, 2012)
*RUST & BONE (Jacques Audiard, France, 2012)
*THE SAPPHIRES (Wayne Blair, Australia, 2012)
*STORIES WE TELL (Sarah Polley, Canada, 2012)
SUPERSTAR (Xavier Giannoli, France, 2012)
WADJDA (Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia, 2012)
WHAT IS THIS FILM CALLED LOVE? (Mark Cousins, Ireland-Mexico, 2012)
Now, Telluride will often show a couple or more secret screenings that pop up out of the blue, and word has it that they’ll show a sneak of Ben Affleck‘s new political-thriller Argo, which bodes well for him in his third outing as director.
Some big titles appear in “The Show” this year, but what’s remarkable so far is that the gossip apparently must be true about Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained not being ready yet, since it has skipped Venice, Telluride and Toronto. If New York doesn’t announce it in their lineup, that means he’ll be polishing it up until its holiday release. Same goes for the 60′s music drama Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Coen Bros. pic. And yet other absentees would have to include Sofia Coppola‘s celebrity-obsessed crime-caper The Bling Ring as well as Kar Wai Wong‘s The Grandmasters, the film that details Ip Man, better known as Bruce Lee‘s trainer.
Among the films present here, TIFF auds should put little stars next to more overlooked titles such as The Act of Killing, the new doc–exec produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog–that shows former death squad leaders re-enacting some of their brutality; The Attack, which follows an Israeli-Palestinian surgeon who goes on a quest to understand how his wife was implicated in a suicide bombing; Barbara, which is set in 80′s East Germany about a physician banished to the country who is pulled between two tough personal choices; and Ginger & Rosa, the new one by Sally Potter (Yes) set in 60′s London, following a pair of teen girls.
In the hours after I will have written this article, first impressions will come out from the screening of Midnight’s Children, one of TIFF’s most anticipated films, from Deepa Mehta and based off the Salman Rushdie bestseller, which he also wrote the screenplay for.
It has little to no bearing on whether they are actually any good, but huge TIFF releases like Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master as well as the co-production by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis in Cloud Atlas not appearing at Telluride does have me somewhat concerned, since I thought they were a good bet to show there. By Monday, however, it might just be that they do show as secret screenings. Stay tuned.