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The always epic (and, slightly esoteric in terms of attending goes…) Telluride Film Festival kicks off today and runs through Monday, August 4. Sadly, HtN won’t be there this year but the lineup is, as always, incredibly cool.

The 50th Telluride Film Festival proudly presents the following new feature films playing in its Main Program, the SHOW:

•      ALL OF US STRANGERS (d. Andrew Haigh, U.K., 2023)

•      AMERICAN SYMPHONY (d. Matthew Heineman, U.S., 2023)

•      ANATOMY OF A FALL (d. Justine Triet, France, 2023)

•      ANSELM (d. Wim Wenders, Germany, 2023)

•      BALTIMORE (d. Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy Ireland-U.K., 2023)

•      BEYOND UTOPIA (d. Madeleine Gavin, U.S., 2023)

•      THE BIKERIDERS (d. Jeff Nichols, U.S., 2023)

•      CASSANDRO (d. Roger Ross Williams, U.S., 2023)

•      DADDIO (d. Christy Hall, U.S., 2023)

•      EL CONDE (d. Pablo Larraín, Chile, 2023)

•      FALLEN LEAVES (d. Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 2023)

•      THE FALLING STAR (d. Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, France-Belgium, 2023)

•      FINALLY DAWN (d. Saverio Costanzo, Italy, 2023)

•      FINGERNAILS (d. Christos Nikou, U.S., 2023)

•      FOOD, INC. 2 (d. Robert Kenner, Melissa Robledo, U.S., 2023)

•      HIGH & LOW-JOHN GALLIANO (d. Kevin Macdonald, U.K., 2023)

•      THE HOLDOVERS (d. Alexander Payne, U.S., 2023)

•      HOLLYWOODGATE (d. Ibrahim Nash’at, U.S.-Germany, 2023)

•      JANET PLANET (d. Annie Baker, U.S., 2023)

•      LA CHIMERA (d. Alice Rohrwacher, Italy-France-Switzerland, 2023)

•      THE MISSION (d. Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss, U.S., 2023)

•      THE MONK AND THE GUN (d. Pawo Choyning Dorji, Bhutan, 2023)

•      NYAD (d. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, U.S., 2023)

•      OCCUPIED CITY (d. Steve McQueen, Netherlands-U.K.-U.S., 2023)

•      ORLANDO, MY POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY (d. Paul B. Preciado, France, 2023)

•      PERFECT DAYS (d. Wim Wenders, Japan, 2023)

•      THE PIGEON TUNNEL (d. Errol Morris, U.K., 2023)

•      POOR THINGS (d. Yorgos Lanthimos, U.S.-Ireland-U.K., 2023)

•      THE PROMISED LAND (d. Nikolaj Arcel, Denmark-Germany-Sweden, 2023)

•      THE ROYAL HOTEL (d. Kitty Green, Australia, 2023)

•      RUSTIN (d. George C. Wolfe, U.S., 2023)

•      SALTBURN (d. Emerald Fennell, U.S., 2023)

•      THE TEACHER’S LOUNGE (d. Ilker Çatak, Germany, 2023)

•      TEHACHAPI (d. JR, France, 2023)

•      THANK YOU VERY MUCH (d. Alex Braverman, U.S., 2023)

•      TUESDAY (d. Daina O. Pusić, U.S.-U.K., 2023)

•      WILDCAT (d. Ethan Hawke, U.S., 2023)

•      THE ZONE OF INTEREST (d. Jonathan Glazer, U.S.-U.K.-Poland, 2023)

The 2023 Silver Medallion Awards, given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema, will go to Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (with POOR THINGS), Italian writer-director Alice Rohrwacher (with LA CHIMERA), and German filmmaker Wim Wenders (with ANSELM and PERFECT DAYS). Tribute programs include a selection of clips, the presentation of the Silver Medallion, and the film screening.

TFF selects four documentary shorts for its Main Program:

•      IF DREAMS WERE LIGHTNING (d. Ramin Bahrani, U.S., 2023)

•      INCIDENT (d. Bill Morrison, U.S., 2023)

•      THE LAST REPAIR SHOP (d. Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers, U.S., 2023)

•      THE LAST SONG FROM KABUL (d. Kevin Macdonald, Afghanistan-Qatar-Portugal-Germany, 2023)

“Fifty years is a long time to do anything. And while we might be a little biased, we feel the work that TFF does is pretty important,” comments Telluride Film Festival director Julie Huntsinger. “We take the charge of preserving the theatrical experience and promoting film seriously, but with necessary winks here and there. We’re ecstatic to share a program we feel reflects so much of the past fifty years, naturally and organically, films old and new, which stand as a testament to our beloved co-founders Tom Luddy and Bill Pence who are no longer with us.”

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, TFF is honoring its long and diverse history by selecting some of its most celebrated past guests to curate its Guest Director program. Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Curtis, Ethan Hawke, Rachel Kushner, Steve McQueen, and Mira Nair’s selections include:

•      JUVENILE COURT (d. Frederick Wiseman, U.S., 1973) Selected and presented by

Rachel Kushner

•      ALL THAT JAZZ (d. Bob Fosse, U.S., 1979) Selected and presented by Ethan Hawke

•      JONAH WHO WILL BE 25 IN THE YEAR 2000 (d. Alain Tanner, France-Switzerland,

1976) Selected and presented by Alfonso Cuarón

•      THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY (d. John Mackenzie, U.K., 1980) Selected and presented

by Adam Curtis

•      ZÉRO DE CONDUITE (d. Jean Vigo, France, 1933) Selected and presented by Steve


•      THE MUSIC ROOM (d. Satyajit Ray, India, 1958) Selected and presented by Mira Nair

The Special Medallion celebrates a hero of cinema who preserves, honors and presents essential, meaningful films. This year’s award goes to Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation. Film restorations by The Film Foundation to screen along with the program are Idrissa Ouédraogo’s YAM DAABO (Burkina Faso, 1986), Bahram Beyzaie’s DOWNPOUR (Iran, 1972), and two shorts by Agnès Varda: BLACK PANTHERS (France-U.S., 1970) and UNCLE YANCO (France-U.S., 1968) which will be shown alongside THE GLEANERS AND I (France, 2000) as part of a celebration of the late filmmaker.

Additional film restorations playing throughout the Festival include THE UNKNOWN (d. Tod Browning, U.S., 1927); MY GRANDMOTHER (d. Kote Mikaberidze, Soviet Union, 1929) with Finnish music ensemble Cleaning Women performing a live score; Abel Gance’s LA ROUE (France, 1923) shown in four chapters; and two films remembering TFF 21 Special Medallion recipient Ninón Sevilla: VÍCTIMAS DEL PECADO

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Don R. Lewis is a filmmaker and writer from Northern California. He was a film critic for Film Threat before becoming Editor-in-Chief of Hammer to Nail in 2014. He holds a BA in screenwriting from California State Northridge and is an MA candidate in Cinema Studies at San Francisco State.

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