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Telluride: Eviction Stunner ’99 Homes’ Electrifies Fest, Igniting Hot Distribution, Oscar Buzz

16 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After its smash international World Premiere in Venice, director Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes — an absolutely riveting drama about the 2008 home foreclosure crisis — had its North American premiere here at the Telluride Film Festival, and it has set this place ablaze. Despite lots of interest, as there should be, from domestic distributors, Bahrani told me immediately after this morning’s screening that the financiers behind the film are waiting until its Toronto debut next week to finalize anything. Starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon in career-best performances, this movie is not only a no-brainer for a quick distribution deal, it could be the rare — here comes that five letter word you hate so much, studios — drama that also could be a commercial powerhouse. Few films I have seen in recent years have cut so close to the bone as this one does. Americans, in particular, will respond strongly, and if ever there was a word-of-mouth movie, »

- Pete Hammond

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Telluride: Mia Wasikowska Tackles France’s Most Famous Fictional Heroine

1 September 2014 12:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mia Wasikowska top-lined the latest adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic 1856 novel Madame Bovary, an exquisitely shot endeavor that nonetheless drew only tepid applause from an audience gathered Aug. 30 at Telluride’s Werner Herzog Theatre. That would seem to indicate the movie’s awards chances are slim — even if it finds domestic distribution, which has yet to be announced. Director Sophie Barthes, making a follow-up to her debut feature, 2009’s Cold Souls, was present to introduce the film, and apologized for the absence of Wasikowska and costar Rhys Ifans, both of whom are filming Alice in Wonderland: Through

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- Stephen Galloway

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Telluride: ‘Birdman’ Flies Into Fest, With Slightly Bumpier Landing Than in Venice

31 August 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

The most coveted ticket at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival, so far, was easily one to Saturday night’s North American premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Birdman. The genre-defying pic arrived at the Werner Herzog Theatre after opening the Venice Film Festival days earlier — just like last year’s Gravity, from Inarritu’s Mexican compatriot Alfonso Cuaron – and the rave reviews that it received overseas (several labeled it a “masterpiece”) created a clamor to see it stateside. In the end, 650 lucky people got in, while hundreds more were turned away.

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- Anjelica Oswald

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Telluride: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads Weinstein’s ‘Imitation Game’ Into Oscar Fray

31 August 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

For a film made by a director whom few in America have ever heard of, The Imitation Game certainly came into the Telluride Film Festival with a lot of buzz — having Sherlock‘s newly-minted Emmy winner Benedict Cumberbatch as its star and marketing maven Harvey Weinstein‘s Weinstein Co. as its distributor certainly didn’t hurt — but it will be leaving here with even more, thanks to a very well received world premiere on Friday evening at the Werner Herzog Theatre.

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- Anjelica Oswald

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Things I Learned at Telluride's 'Apocalypse Now' Anniversary Screening

31 August 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On the opening day of the 41st Telluride Film Festival, it was possible to spend several hours immersed in "Apocalypse Now", which received a special tribute, 35 years after its initial release in 1979.   The 650-seat Werner Herzog Theatre was sold out. So many were turned away that a request I'd never heard before was made, and obeyed, for City Lights passholders (a special program for high school students and teachers) to vacate their seats, leading one of my seatmates to observe that there went the most likely candidates in the audience who had never seen "Apocalypse Now" on the big screen.  I said I'd probably have hidden my pass and scrunched down in my seat.  Luckily another screening was already scheduled in the 500-seat Chuck Jones Cinema for the following morning at 8:30 a.m. The movie has never looked better -- nor sounded better, thanks to the amazing Meyer Sound »

- Meredith Brody

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Make way for Michael Keaton and 'Birdman' in this year's Oscar race

31 August 2014 9:54 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Some are already trying to figure out the "Birdman" backlash after the film dropped to raves in Venice, but sometimes the hype is justified, and make no mistake about it: Alejandro González Iñárritu's manic dissection of an artist desperate for fulfillment outside of commercial success is an out-and-out masterpiece. We wrote some time ago about how the film would be constructed to resemble a single take, and watching things unfold at the Werner Herzog Theater Saturday night, I was definitely paying close attention to that. I counted maybe 12 or 13 cuts that were obvious, but there are surely a number of invisible digital edits throughout (much like how the great "single-take" car scene from Alfonso Cuarón's "Children of Men" was assembled, though you'd never know it). The first shot of the film, honest to God, feels like a 30 minute single tracking shot, but there had to be a digital cut in there somewhere. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Cinephil strikes Italian deal for The Look of Silence

31 August 2014 5:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Follow-up to the Act of Killing goes from Venice to Telluride and Toronto.

In one of the first confirmed deals on a Venice Competition entry, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence has been sold to Italian distributor I Wonder.

The deal was confirmed by Tel Aviv-based sales company Cinephil here on the Lido.

The Look Of Silence, Oppenheimer’s follow-up to his 2012 Oscar nominated doc The Act Of Killing, has been receieving rave reviews since its debut in Venice earlier this week. German director Werner Herzog called it “profound, visionary and stunning.”

Many other deals are expected to be announced when the film screens at Toronto International Film Festival next week (it also screens in Telluride).

I Wonder also handled the Italian release of The Act Of Killing.

The Look Of Silence is one of several titles on Cinephil’s autumn market slate. The company is also handling Vanessa Lapa’s Heinrich Himmler The Decent One, screening »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Telluride: 'Birdman' Flies Into Fest, With Slightly Bumpier Landing Than in Venice

30 August 2014 11:12 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The most coveted ticket at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival, so far, was easily one to Saturday night's North American premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman. The genre-defying pic arrived at the Werner Herzog Theatre after opening the Venice Film Festival days earlier -- just like last year's Gravity, from Inarritu's Mexican compatriot Alfonso Cuaron -- and the rave reviews that it received overseas (several labeled it a "masterpiece") created a clamor to see it stateside. In the end, 650 lucky people got in, while hundreds more were turned away. When the end-credits rolled, though, applause was warm but not

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- Scott Feinberg

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Telluride: Oscar Host To Oscar Contender? Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ Wins Standing Ovation At Festival

30 August 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

I ran into a producer and Academy voting member after this morning’s smash screening of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s impressive writing and directorial feature debut, Rosewater.   He – and his wife – were raving about it, but also perplexed by a handful of early mixed reviews of the gripping political drama that had created some negative buzz among festgoers here even before the movie had its first screening (when it World Premiered Friday night at 9pm).  “We were telling other friends of ours that we planned to see Rosewater and they immediately said they had heard it wasn’t great and were not enthusiastic about going.  Strange. It was a tremendous film,” he said. That seemed to be the general reaction of the early morning Telluride crowd who picked off every single seat in the very large Werner Herzog theatre at 9Am this morning.  They rewarded Stewart’s »

- Pete Hammond

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True Stories of Political Oppression, Grief Recovery and Imitation Games

30 August 2014 6:35 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

The first day of Telluride was a rough one. Most of us were doing the big three: Wild first, after the Patron’s Brunch, then taking the gondola back down, »

- Sasha Stone

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Telluride kicks off with a tribute to a masterpiece

30 August 2014 1:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Telluride — While press and patrons were hustling into gondolas and over to the Chuck Jones Cinema for the World Premiere of Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," the 41st annual Telluride Film Festival was kicking off with a bang at an over-stuffed Werner Herzog Theater for the lead program of this year's schedule: a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." The ticket was so hot that well over a hundred pass holders were turned away at the door. In introducing a new Dcp of the original theatrical cut of the film (supervised for Coppola himself), Telluride co-founder Tom Luddy said it was noteworthy the event was unfolding at the Herzog, as "Apocalypse Now" holds a fair share of homages to Herzog's "Aguirre the Wrath of God," which screened at the fest last year to dedicate the new venue. A boat in a tree, a creeping vessel barraged by arrows, the general descent into madness, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Telluride: Weinstein Company Jumps Back Into Oscar Game With Strong ‘Imitation Game’ Screening

30 August 2014 1:18 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

On a day chock full of World Premieres here in Telluride, The Weinstein Company which has used this festival for North American launches of The King’s Speech and The Artist, and saw both go on to win Best Picture Oscars, just might be on to another major Best Picture contender after its first public screening of the Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game. Of course it is easy this time of year to go into just about every film that hits the Fall Festival circuit as a potential awards player after a large drought of Oscar- quality films for the first eight months of the year, but this one just has Academy Award nominations written all over it.  Not just in the Best Picture race where a slot seems likely, but also directing for Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), debuting screenwriter Graham Moore, and certainly the stunning lead actor »

- Pete Hammond

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Telluride: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads Weinstein's 'Imitation Game' Into Oscar Fray

30 August 2014 12:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For a film made by Morten Tyldem, a director whom few in America have ever heard of, The Imitation Game certainly came into the Telluride Film Festival with a lot of buzz -- having Sherlock's newly-minted Emmy winner Benedict Cumberbatch as its star and marketing maven Harvey Weinstein's Weinstein Co. as its distributor certainly didn't hurt -- but it will be leaving here with even more, thanks to a very well received world premiere on Friday evening at the Werner Herzog Theatre. Adapted by Graham Moore from Andrew Hodges' book Alan Turing: The Enigma, the history-inspired period piece drama is already

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- Scott Feinberg

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First Clip From The Look Of Silence Is Released

29 August 2014 10:55 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Joshua Oppenheimer released his 2012 documentary The Act Of Killing into the world, the hard-hitting film was met with powerful reactions. For the filmmaker, giving space to Indonesian death-squad leaders to re-enact their mass-killings in whichever dramatic fashion they chose was unexpected and essentially unplanned. Initially intended as a film focused on survivors, Oppenheimer discovered that this approach actually endangered them still, and so centred the effort on the perpetrators instead. In this way, his latest film – The Look Of Silence – is a closely related companion piece. It centres around a family that survived the Indonesian genocide, and finds themselves confronting those that murdered their loved one.

With Werner Herzog and Errol Morris as executive producers, The Look Of Silence is shaping up to be no less challenging than its cinematic older sibling. The official synopsis is as follows:

“Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, »

- Sarah Myles

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Oscar Contenders In Lineup As Telluride Film Festival Announces Schedule

28 August 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The 41st Telluride Film Festival, which has become a harbinger of heavyweight Oscar contenders over the past few years, has announced its schedule for the fest – which opens Friday and runs through Labor Day — just as a charter planeload of industry festgoers departs Lax. Despite a well-publicized battle with the upcoming Toronto Film Festival over Oscar-buzzed movies, Telluride honchos Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger have some pretty impressive contenders in the mix. Of course, film-freak paradise that it is,  Telluride is not all about hot awards titles but a mix of programming that always whets the appetite of movie lovers who flock here each Labor Day weekend.

That said, Oscar watchers will be eagerly lining up for Fox Searchlight and New Regency’s Birdman, which is coming directly from its opening-night slot at the Venice Film Festival where it received rapturous reviews — not only for star Michael Keaton »

- Pete Hammond

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'Birdman,' 'Wild,' 'Imitation Game' and an 'Apocalypse Now' treat set for 41st Telluride

28 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Telluride — With all the reindeer games going on in the fall festival world, a lot of the drama and mystery surrounding Telluride's perennially on-the-lowdown program began to seep out like a steadily deflating balloon this year. Toronto, Venice and New York notations of "World Premiere," "Canada Premiere," "New York Premiere" or "International Premiere" and the like made it all rather obvious which films were heading to the San Juans for the 41st edition of the tiny mining village's cinephile gathering, and which were not. But the fact is, if you're in it just for the surprises — or certainly, for the awards-baiting heavies — you're never going to be fully satisfied by the Telluride experience. That having been said, this year's program might just be the most exciting one in my six years of attending. Starting with all of the stuff we were expecting, indeed, Cannes players "Foxcatcher," "Mr. Turner" and "Leviathan »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Daily | Venice + Toronto 2014 | Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence

28 August 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Yesterday, Drafthouse Films and Participant Media announced that they'd jointly acquired Us rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's followup to The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence: "Directors Errol Morris and Werner Herzog return as Executive Producers, calling the film 'one of the greatest and most powerful documentaries ever made. A profound comment on the human condition' (Morris) and 'profound, visionary, and stunning' (Herzog)." The film premieres in competition tonight in Venice, screens in a couple of weeks in Toronto and then at the end of September in New York—and the first reviews are in. » - David Hudson »

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Us deal for The Look Of Silence

27 August 2014 4:44 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drafthouse Films and Participant Media have jointly acquired all Us rights to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence, set to premiere in Venice on Thursday (August 28). In other news, Open Road has dated Triple Nine, Millennium has acquired The World Made Straight and Lionsgate plans a Saw tenth anniversary re-release.

Oppenheimer’s follow-up to The Act Of Killing will receive its Canadian premiere in Toronto on September 9 and is a companion piece to this year’s Oscar-nominated documentary.

The Look Of Silence (pictured) explores the legacy of the Indonesian genocide from the victim’s point of view, following the brother of a murdered man as he confronts the killers.

Signe Byrge Sørensen produced and the executive producers are Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and André Singer.

The parties plan a summer 2015 Us release and negotiated the deal with Cinephil’s Philippa Kowarsky for Sorensen and Final Cut For Real.

Open Road has set a September 11 release for the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Us deal for Tiff premiere The Look Of Silence

27 August 2014 4:44 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drafthouse Films and Participant Media have jointly acquired all Us rights to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence, set to premiere in Venice on Thursday (August 28). In other news, Open Road has dated Triple Nine, Millennium has acquired The World Made Stratight and Lionsgate plans a Saw tenth anniversary re-release.

Oppenheimer’s follow-up to The Act Of Killing will receive its Canadian premiere in Toronto on September 9 and is a companion piece to this year’s Oscar-nominated documentary.

The Look Of Silence (pictured) explores the legacy of the Indonesian genocide from the victim’s point of view, following the brother of a murdered man as he confronts the killers.

Signe Byrge Sørensen produced and the executive producers are Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and André Singer.

The parties plan a summer 2015 Us release and negotiated the deal with Cinephil’s Philippa Kowarsky for Sorensen and Final Cut For Real.

Open Road has set a September 11 release for the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Venice: Genocide Documentary ‘Look of Silence’ Gets U.S. Distribution

27 August 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Drafthouse Films and Participant Media have acquired U.S. rights to Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary "The Look of Silence" prior to its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

The film is a companion piece to Oppenheimer’s "The Act of Killing," which received a nomination at the latest Academy Awards.

“The Look of Silence” is executive produced by Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Andre Singer and produced by Signe Byrge Sorensen. It explores Indonesian genocide and its legacy from the victim’s point of view, following one man on his search for the truth as he confronts his brother’s killers.

“The Look of Silence” will also have a North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and a New York premiere at the New York Film Festival. It will be released theatrically in the U.S. in the summer of 2015.

Morris called the film “one of the »

- Dave McNary

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