Telluride — "Birdman" has arrived stateside and made as significant an impact as it did at the Venice Film Festival last week. You won't run into too many people who have managed to catch it at one of its packed screenings who weren't completely blown away by the accomplishment, and for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, it was clearly a much-needed exercise in self-reflection away from the somber fray of his filmography to date. From "Amores Perros" to "21 Grams," "Babel" to "Biutiful," González Iñárritu has marinated in heavy drama. And it's not that "Birdman" is without its own profound gravity — quite the opposite, in fact — but it gave him an opportunity to finally have fun and get outside his own head a bit, albeit through a film that very much exists as an exploration of his own midlife considerations. That made sitting down with him all the more enjoyable. Jet-lagged from Venice »
- Kristopher Tapley
Telluride — Mr. Stewart, if you read this article I believe the first few paragraphs may make you chuckle. Now, it's not because I'm a master wordsmith or unheralded comedic voice waiting to be discovered. No, after saying goodbye after our memorable interview on the patio of a Telluride restaurant Sunday afternoon, I turned and walked toward the street with my iPhone in hand. I'd stopped the recording of our chat and two choices appeared before me: delete or save. And, perhaps like a crazy person, I hit delete. Then I realized I hit delete. At that point, it was a mad dash back to my accommodations to jot down as much as I remembered from our conversation. Granted, this is something that has happened to the best reporters and journalists out there. Many times readers will read stories online or in print without realizing the content came from immediate memory. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Does our ego control us, or do we control our ego? Where can it/where does it take us? Will we fly or will we fall? Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film Birdman is easily lovable for many reasons - from its honest characters and original story to the technical prowess behind the lens and many layers of its style. It's also one of those films where there are so many moments, so many lines, so many scenes where as soon as I've watched them, I want to pause, rewind, and watch them again to delve deeper into the context. Birdman is a sensational, extraordinary creation of artistic elegance that examines the great struggle of growing older. Birdman might not be the film everyone is expecting to see, especially after the trailers and marketing so far. But the film itself is still miraculous, an exceptional cinematic work that transcends stage and screen. »
- Alex Billington
“I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark. »
- Sasha Stone
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
Alejandro González Iñárritu's “Birdman” had first earned its wings with a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival a few days earlier, but the director has a particular love for the Telluride Film Festival, bringing his much-anticipated film to a fest he attends even when he doesn't have a movie to show. Introducing the American premiere of “Birdman” in Telluride on Saturday night, Iñárritu gushed that the festival “always feels like a Disneyland for adults. It's a weekend in paradise. If heaven has a form for cinephiles, it would be Telluride.” It turns out Iñárritu can give back as good as he. »
- Chris Willman
Variety's Scott Foundas grants that Barry Levinson's The Humbling "may be doomed to dwell" in the "deservedly large shadow" of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. "But where Inarritu’s exuberant style piece calls to mind the likes of Fosse and Fellini, The Humbling feels closer to the intimate theater/film hybrid works of Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn (My Dinner With Andre, Vanya on 42nd Street) in its lo-fi aesthetics and gently playful sense of art imitating life imitating art. Fronted by a vibrant, deeply committed Al Pacino performance and very fine support from Greta Gerwig, this uneven but captivating film deserves to find its own audience." This is one of the more positive reviews; we're collecting others. » - David Hudson »
The Telluride Film Festival (Aug 29 - Sept 1) has revealed the line-up for its 41st edition, packed with films tipped for awards season.
The festival will include 85 features, short films and revivals representing 28 countries, along with special artist tributes, conversations, panels and education programmes.
There are also several titles that picked up prizes in Cannes earlier this year including Foxcatcher, which won Bennett Miller best director; Russian drama Leviathan, winner of best screenplay; Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, which saw Timothy Spall win best actor; and jury prize winner Mommy from Xavier Dolan.
The 50 Year Argument (d. Martin Scorsese, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
As per tradition, the Telluride Film Festival announced its line-up today, just one day before it kicks off. Here is a brief overview of the programming:
The 41st Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following 25 new feature films to play in its main program:
• The 50 Year Argument (d. Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi, U.K.-U.S., 2014) • ’71 (d. Yann Demange, U.K., 2014) • 99 Homes (d. Ramin Bahrani, U.S., 2014) • Birdman (d. Alejandro González Iñárritu, U.S., 2014) • Dancing Arabs (d. Eran Riklis, Israel-Germany-France, 2014) • The Decent One (d. Vanessa Lapa, Australia-Israel-Germany, 2014) • Diplomacy (d. Volker Schlöndorff, France-Germany, 2014) • Foxcatcher (d. Bennett Miller, U.S., 2014) • The Gate (d. Régis Wargnier, France-Belgium-Cambodia, 2014) • The Homesman (d. Tommy Lee Jones, U.S., 2014) • The Imitation Game (d. Morten Tyldum, U.K.-U.S., 2014) • Leviathan (d. Andrey Zvgagintsev, Russia, 2014) • The Look Of Silence (d. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark-Indonesia-Norway-Finalnd-u.S., 2014) • Madame Bovary (d. Sophie Barthes, U.K.-Belgium, »
- Lane Scarberry
This year’s edition of the Telluride Film Festival announced its lineup today, revealing that Colorado will play host this weekend to a variety of awards hopefuls. Jean-Marc Vallées’ Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, and Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater are among the films that will have their world premiere at the festival. (Those movies will also all screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, which instituted new rules about premieres in an attempt to prevent films from making a Colorado pit stop before heading to Canada.) Films like Birdman and »
- Esther Zuckerman
As Adam pointed out in Oscar Beat yesterday, four out of the last five Best Picture winners screened at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival. If that trend continues, we can really narrow down the Best Picture contenders now because the Telluride main program lineup was just announced. This year’s Toronto and Telluride crossovers (not including the documentaries and foreign language selections) are the Jack O’Connell-starrer ’71, Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Madame Bovary with Mia Wasikowska, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Rosewater starring Gael García Bernal and Wild with Reese Witherspoon. Hit the jump for more on what’s to come at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival. Here’s the full Main Program lineup for the event: The 50 Year Argument (d. Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi, U.K.-U.S., 2014) '71 (d. Yann Demange, »
- Perri Nemiroff
The Telluride Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 41st edition, opening tomorrow and running through the Labor Day weekend. Among the highlights are Cannes favorites, such as Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's Two Days, One Night and Xavier Dolan's Mommy, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Venice hit Birdman, Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi's The 50 Year Argument, Jon Stewart's Rosewater, Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence, plus revivals selected by guest directors Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan. » - David Hudson »
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
Title: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galafianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts. Alejandro González Iñárritu – the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, as well as by the Directors Guild of America – opens the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival with a rather remarkable flick. ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ is a black comedy that mercilessly demolishes all egos in showbiz. Critics, Hollywood celebrities, so-called artists from the New York scene, they all have to face their pretentiousness: the role they play in society [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Mixing high-profile star power with offbeat titles, the 41st Telluride Film Festival is offering an impressive glimpse at an array of awards contenders over Labor Day weekend.
The four-day fest, which starts Friday with a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” includes the first showings of Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild,” Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Imitation Game,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” and Mia Wasikowska’s “Madame Bovary” — the 10th film adaptation of the French novel.
The Venice Film Festival opener “Birdman,” which has vaulted Michael Keaton into awards contention, will also screen at Telluride. Ramin Bahrani’s housing crisis drama “99 Homes” is screening at both festivals as is Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Look of Silence.”
Several Cannes titles are coming to Telluride: Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” the Dardenne Brothers’ workplace drama “Two Days, One Night,” Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan »
- Dave McNary
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
Stone, sporting a newly cropped hairdo, looked elegant in an emerald green Valentino couture gown, while co-star Keaton arrived in a black tuxedo.
The were joined by fellow Birdman stars including Edward Norton, with wife Shauna Robertson, and Andrea Riseborough, who looked dramatic in a black high-neck gothic-style dress with a silver cross, while wearing her hair up in a bouffant quiff.
Amy Ryan, who stars as Keaton's character's long-suffering ex-wife, was also in attendance, looking understated in a strapless navy crepe gown.
He attempts to recapture the spotlight by starring in a Broadway play, but the lines between reality and fiction begin to blur.
★★★★★Last year Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity (2013) wowed the Lido with its bravura long takes and technical prowess, taking us into space and back down to Earth again. This year, Venice opens with Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman (2014) (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), who trumps his fellow countryman with a film that for the most part takes place in one long, seemingly continuous take. Rather than an immersive gee-whiz experience, however, here the technical choice recreates the danger and thrill of that old cinematic favourite location the theatre. From Dickie's A Chorus Line to Shakespeare in Love, the theatre is frequently held up by cinema itself as its prestigious, more authentic older sibling.
- CineVue UK
The Venice International Film Festival has a long history of introducing Oscar contenders, with critically-acclaimed hits and Best Picture nominees such as The Wrestler, Black Swan and last year's Gravity making their world premieres at the festival. This year's Venice International Film Festival kicked off earlier this week with Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, and if the overwhelmingly positive reviews are any indication, this could be the year's first major Oscar contender.
The story, as we saw in the first international trailer from last month, centers on Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton), a washed up actor who used to play a famous superhero character on the big screen. He tries to mount a comeback by putting on a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, although little goes as planned.
Take a look at excerpts from some of the early reviews that have come in from Venice, »
Ladies and gentlemen, the Oscar season has begun. With the Fall Film Festival season kicking off this week, the awards contenders are about to emerge. I’ll have a full rundown of the potential players in a new Oscar Beat coming shortly, but for now we have the first Birdman reviews for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s highly anticipated black comedy, which just premiered at the Venice Film Festival. For those unaware, the pic stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory. This has been high on my most anticipated list for some time, and I’m happy to see that the first reviews out of Venice are positively glowing, heaping praise upon Keaton’s lead performance and Iñárritu’s ambitious one-take style, »
- Adam Chitwood
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