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2022 Telluride Film Festival Report – The Films and Programs

The official listing of films and programs from the 2022 Telluride Film Festival has been released. I repeat the text of the official press release below, but, preface it with a few thoughts of what I’ll be looking forward to and hoping to expect from what’s available and playing.

The official listing of films and programs from the 2022 Telluride Film Festival has been released. Luckily, the films I speculated on in my previous post on being here actually will be here, so I don’t look so much a fool, as yet. I repeat the text of the official press release below, but, preface it with a few thoughts of what I’ll be looking forward to and hoping to expect from what’s available and playing.

Telluride Film Festival Banner with mountains behind it.

The SHOW banner for the Telluride Film Festival 2022 edition spans the main drag in Telluride as the fest is about to begin.

Thoughts on first blush

All in all it seems it’s going to be a good festival. The films being shown are strong contenders, from Telluride veterans and from those we haven’t seen in a while or before. I am happy I get to continue looking forward to seeing Empire of Light from Mendes, One Fine Morning from Mia Hansen-Løve and both March on Rome and My Name is Alfred Hitchcock from Cousins.

Cousins is actual going to be fetted with one of the annual Silver Medalion Awards this year alongside Cate Blanchett and Sarah Polley. All filmmakers whose work I enjoy and are well deserved awardees.

There are still mysteries

Even knowing what films are playing there are still some mysteries left to wonder about. One interesting element to ponder is to see who accompanies the films showing. One of the things I love about TFF is nearly every film is accompanied by at least one of the filmmakers. It is always interesting to see who else attends or doesn’t. Sometimes, as with films bowing at multiple fall fests all happening at about the same time, it’s logistics of who can attend where. Sometimes it’s not. Making guesses is always fun about that, but, always likely to be quite wrong. You can see who’s attending below so, for example, you can check out how many came here to support Sarah Polley’s film and award receipt. Nice.

Another oddity this year is buried far down in the release. It’s the paragraph that starts, “Special Screenings and Festivities,” and goes on to list some surprise films and a concert. Among them are three new films by or about Werner Herzog, a longtime friend of the fest. Why weren’t those films listed in the regular list is an interesting question. It’ll be a fun few days ferreting out the answers and discovering new mysteries as well.

More official information can be found on the Telluride Film Festival website as the fest goes on.

The Official Press Release Text

49th Telluride Film Festival Announces Festival Lineup

Telluride Film Festival today announces its official program selections for its 49th edition. TFF’s celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and artists to discover the best in world cinema in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. TFF will screen nearly ninety feature films, short films, and revival programs representing twenty-five countries, along with special artist Tributes, Conversations, Panels, Student Programs, and Festivities. Telluride Film Festival takes place Friday, September 2 - Monday, September 5, 2022.

The 49th Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following new feature films to play in its main program, the SHOW:

ARMAGEDDON TIME (d. James Gray, U.S., 2022) In person: James Gray, Jeremy Strong, Anne Hathaway

BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS (d. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexico-U.S., 2022) In person: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Griselda Siciliani, Ximena Lamadrid, Íker Sánchez Solano

BOBI WINE, GHETTO PRESIDENT (d. Christopher Sharp and Moses Bwayo, Uganda-U.K., 2022) In person: Christopher Sharp, Moses Bwayo, Bobi Wine, Barbie Kyagulanyi

BONES AND ALL (d. Luca Guadagnino, U.S., 2022) In person: Luca Guadagnino, Taylor Russell, Mark Rylance

BROKER (d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, South Korea, 2022) In person: Hirokazu Kore-eda, Song Kang-ho

CLOSE (d. Lukas Dhont, Belgium-France-Netherlands, 2022) In person: Lukas Dhont, Eden Dambrine

A COMPASSIONATE SPY (d. Steve James, U.S.-U.K., 2022) In person: Steve James

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER (d. Dror Moreh, U.S., 2022) In person: Dror Moreh

EMPIRE OF LIGHT (d. Sam Mendes, U.K.-U.S., 2022) In person: Sam Mendes, Micheal Ward

THE END OF THE WORLD (d. Matthew Tyrnauer, U.S., 2022) In person: Matthew Tyrnauer, Jonathan Lethem

THE FUTURE TENSE (d. Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, Ireland, 2022) In person: Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor, Molly Lawlor

GODLAND (d. Hlynur Pálmason, Denmark-Iceland-France-Sweden, 2022) In person: Hlynur Pálmason, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir

GOOD NIGHT OPPY (d. Ryan White, U.S., 2022) In person: Ryan White, Steve Squyres

HOLY SPIDER (d. Ali Abbasi, Denmark-Germany-Sweden-France, 2022) In person: Ali Abbasi, Zar Amir Ebrahimi

ICARUS: THE AFTERMATH (d. Bryan Fogel, U.S., 2022) In person: Bryan Fogel

IF THESE WALLS COULD SING (d. Mary McCartney, U.K., 2022) In person: Mary McCartney

LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER (d. Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, U.K.-U.S., 2022) In person: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Emma Corrin, Jack O’Connell

LAST FLIGHT HOME (d. Ondi Timoner, U.S., 2022) In person: Ondi Timoner, Morgan Doctor, Rabbi Rachel Timoner, and the Timoner family

LIVING (d. Oliver Hermanus, U.K., 2022) In person: Oliver Hermanus, Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood

THE MARCH ON ROME (d. Mark Cousins, Italy, 2022) In person: Mark Cousins

MERKEL (d. Eva Weber, U.K.-Denmark-Germany, 2022) In person: Eva Weber

MY NAME IS ALFRED HITCHCOCK (d. Mark Cousins, U.K., 2022) In person: Mark Cousins

ONE FINE MORNING (d. Mia Hansen-Løve, France, 2022) In person: Mia Hansen-Løve, Léa Seydoux

RETROGRADE (d. Matthew Heineman, U.S., 2022) In person: Matthew Heineman, General Sami Sadat, Matt Chaney

“SR.” (d. Chris Smith, U.S., 2022) In person: Chris Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey

SQUARING THE CIRCLE (d. Anton Corbijn, U.K., 2022) In person: Anton Corbijn

TÁR (d. Todd Field, U.S., 2022) In person: Todd Field, Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss

TORI AND LOKITA (d. Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Belgium-France, 2022) In person: Joely Mbundu

WILDCAT (d. Melissa Lesh and Trevor Beck Frost, U.S., 2022) In person: Melissa Lesh, Trevor Beck Frost, Harry Turner, Samantha Zwicker

WOMEN TALKING (d. Sarah Polley, U.S., 2022) In person: Sarah Polley, Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Judith Ivey, Jessie Buckley, Sheila McCarthy, Michelle McLeod, August Winter, Kate Hallett, Liv McNeil

THE WONDER (d. Sebastián Lelio, U.K.-Ireland, 2022) In person: Sebastián Lelio

The 2022 Silver Medallion Awards, given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema, will be presented to Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett (with TÁR); award-winning writer-director Mark Cousins (with THE MARCH ON ROME and MY NAME IS ALFRED HITCHCOCK); and celebrated actor, writer, and filmmaker Sarah Polley (with WOMEN TALKING). Tribute programs include a selection of clips, the presentation of the Silver Medallion, and a screening of the aforementioned films.

Additional episodic works and short films also playing in the main program are:

ANASTASIA (d. Sarah McCarthy, U.K.-Russia, 2022) In person: Sarah McCarthy, Anastasiia Shevchenko, Vladislava Shevchenko, Mikhail Shevchenko

ANGOLA DO YOU HEAR US? VOICES FROM A PLANTATION PRISON (d. Cinque Northern, U.S., 2022) In person: Cinque Northern, Liza Jessie Peterson

THE BEST CHEF IN THE WORLD (d. Ben Proudfoot, U.S., 2022) In person: Ben Proudfoot

GUERRILLA HABEAS (d. Emma Wall and Betsy Hershey, U.S., 2022) In person: Emma Wall, Betsy Hershey, Gregory Copeland, Baba Sillah, Mamou Drame

LE PUPILLE (d. Alice Rohrwacher, Italy-U.S., 2022)

MARIANNE (d. Lara Porzak and Rebecca Ressler, U.S., 2022) In person: Lara Porzak, Rebecca Ressler, Marianne Wiggins

RUSSIA [1985-1999] TRAUMAZONE (d. Adam Curtis, U.K., 2022)

THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST Episode 1 (d. Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, U.S., 2022)

“While it can often feel like the world is crumbling around us, I continue to remind myself, at least we have movies,” remarks TFF executive director Julie Huntsinger. “And for every bit of doubt that meets that sentiment, our resolve to keep it true is exponentially intensified. My hope for this year’s Festival is that as our film-watching community gathers in Telluride, we remember that we cannot take this act for granted; that we will continue on after the Festival’s end and redouble our efforts to ensure we will long be able to sit in a dark room and be fortified by the enchanting and sometimes difficult stories we see. This year’s films challenge us and remind us how wonderful and hard it is to be alive.”

TFF’s 2022 Guest Directors, Kantemir Balagov and Kira Kovalenko, serve as key collaborators in the Festival’s programming decisions. Both will be present to introduce their finely curated film selections:

ELEGY OF A VOYAGE (d. Aleksandr Sokurov, France-Russia-Netherlands, 2001)

GETTING TO KNOW THE BIG, WIDE WORLD (d. Kira Muratova, Soviet Union, 1978)

L’ATALANTE (d. Jean Vigo, France, 1934)

OASIS (d. Lee Chang-dong, South Korea, 2002)

WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOME? (d. Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1987)

THE WONDERS (d. Alice Rohrwacher, Italy-Switzerland-Germany, 2014)

“It was important to us to include the films that not only changed us as directors but also struck us as a miracle,” comment Balagov and Kovalenko. “They keep us from getting used to war and its nightmare, allow us to feel human and inspire hope that darkness will eventually vanish.”

Five film revival programs include two shows presented in collaboration with The Film Foundation: the five-hour miniseries EIGHT DEADLY SHOTS (d. Mikko Niskanen, Finland, 1972); ÉL (d. Luis Buñuel, Mexico, 1953); two shows presented by Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films: THE MÉLIÈS AMERICAN NEGATIVES: World Premiere 3-D Screening and THE ROBBER SYMPHONY (d. Friedrich Feher, U.K., 1936); as well as KENTUCKY PRIDE (d. John Ford, U.S., 1925).

Backlot, Telluride’s intimate screening room featuring films about movies and portraits of artists, musicians, and cultural icons, will screen the following programs:

1341 FRAMES OF LOVE AND WAR (d. Ran Tal, Israel-U.S.-U.K., 2022)

DESPERATE SOULS, DARK CITY AND THE LEGEND OF MIDNIGHT COWBOY (d. Nancy Buirski, U.S., 2022)

FRAGMENTS OF PARADISE (d. KD Davison, U.S., 2022)

THE LAST RIDER (d. Alex Holmes, U.K., 2022)

THE MÉLIÈS MYSTERY (d. Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange, France, 2021)

MIÚCHA, THE VOICE OF BOSSA NOVA (d. Daniel Zarvos and Liliane Mutti, Brazil-France, 2022)

THE PADILLA AFFAIR (d. Pavel Giroud, Spain-Cuba, 2022)

SALVATORE: SHOEMAKER OF DREAMS (d. Luca Guadagnino, Italy, 2020)

SEE YOU FRIDAY, ROBINSON (d. Mitra Farahani, France, 2022)

Special Screenings and Festivities programmed throughout the Festival include ORLANDO (d. Sally Potter, U.K.-Russia-Italy-France-Netherlands, 1992); THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER – FEATURING BRANDI CARLILE (d. Kathlyn Horan, U.S., 2022); THE FIRE WITHIN: A REQUIEM FOR KATIA AND MAURICE KRAFFT (d. Werner Herzog, U.K.-France-Switzerland-U.S., 2022); THEATER OF THOUGHT (d. Werner Herzog, U.S., 2022); WERNER HERZOG: RADICAL DREAMER (d. Thomas von Steinaecker, Germany-U.K., 2022); Bobi Wine in Concert; and a poster signing with 49th TFF poster artist Leanne Shapton.

Telluride Film Festival’s shorts section, Filmmakers of Tomorrow, includes three programs: Student Prints, now in its 29th year, screening five films from the best in student-produced work from around the globe; Calling Cards, six exceptional new works by promising filmmakers; and Calling Cards – Redband, a new program featuring works from six innovative and diverse filmmakers. The shorts program is curated by Barry Jenkins and Gregory Nava.

Telluride Film Festival’s Student Programs present students with the opportunity to experience film as an art and expand participants’ worldviews through film screenings and filmmaker discussions. The Student Symposium provides 50 graduate and undergraduate students with a weekend-long immersion in cinema. The City Lights Project brings together eighteen high school students and six teachers from four schools to participate in a concentrated program of screenings and discussions. FilmLAB, in partnership with the American Film Institute, brings exceptional AFI Fellows to learn from world-class filmmakers in a masterclass setting. The FilmSCHOLAR program, created in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin, gives young film scholars and aspiring critics the opportunity to immerse themselves in a weekend of cinema and learn from some of the best voices in the field. University Seminars allow university professors to travel with students to the Festival and participate in special programming throughout the weekend.

Telluride Film Festival’s Talking Heads programs allow attendees to go behind the scenes with the Festival’s special guests. Six Conversations about cinema and culture will take place among Festival guests, and three outdoor Noon Seminars will feature a panel of Festival guests discussing a wide range of film topics. These programs are free and open to the public.

Corporate and institutional support at Telluride Film Festival plays a dynamic role in the life of the Festival and underscores the Festival’s commitment to quality, adventure, and distinction in the art of cinema. TFF is honored to feature some of the world’s most renowned consumer and entertainment brands. We are filled with gratitude for their unique contributions and for our exceptional long-term relationships.

2022 Telluride Film Festival will begin on September 2nd and ends on September 5th.


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