August 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm #110489
The Telluride Film Festival begins today. It was at Telluride last year that Argo was unveiled and quickly became a juggernaut.
Please post news, reviews, reactions and any other pieces that you feel appropriate regarding the festival in this thread.August 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm #110491
Fascinating note – although they always have one or two unannounced films (the betting is that Searchlight’s 12 Years a Slave will premiere there), at this point there isn’t a single Weinstein film included in their very impressive lineup.August 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm #110492
Apparently Philomena was supposed to be here, but was pulled at the last minute.August 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm #110493
Waiting for actual reviews for Labor Day but early response is that it’s a change in tone for Reitman, emotional.August 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm #110495
^I’m on my phone, links are a bitch to post… That’s to Kris Tapley’s early thoughts. He says it’s Reitman’s most mature work yet, and that Winslet is a Best Actress contender, though not very showy, she’s sublime.August 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm #110496
likes it as wellAugust 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm #110497
Sasha Stone of AwardsDaily also says it’s very moving. Predicts it’ll be in contention for Best Picture, Best Actress (Winslet), Best Supporting Actor (Brolin), and Best Production Design (which Tapley also specifically pointed out and said was detailed and excellent).August 30, 2013 at 12:31 am #110498
Glad reactions are positive, loving both Reitman and Winslet previous work.
But I think this time Kate will sit out ..best actress really is sooo competitive this year..a not showy role couldn’t be enough to get in!August 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm #110499
It’s almost time to sticky a thread compiling the nominations and wins from the awards festivals/groups. Can someone start one? It’s a great way to keep track.August 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm #110500
It’s terrific not only that after a perfectly dreadful year a lot of good movies are showing up, but also that they are coming from the top studios. Weinstein and the studio arms no longer have the field to themselves. And these movies are made to be seen by mass audiences, not just as awards bait.
Villeneuve actually has another film at Toronto – Enemy – with Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent – it doesn’t have a distributor yetAugust 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm #110501
Twitter reactions to 12 Years a Slave have confirmed my theory that it will be the Schindler’s List of slavery.August 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm #110502
Reviews in the AM, but this from HR’s Oscar reporter:
Telluride: Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’ Met with Shock and Awe at World Premiere
10:09 PM PDT 8/30/2013 by Scott Feinberg
Steve McQueen’s third film reunites him with Michael Fassbender and pairs him for the first time with Brad Pitt, but its unmistakable star is Chiwetel Ejiofor.
TELLURIDE, Colo. — 12 Years a Slave, a drama based on the remarkable true story of a free black man from the north who was deceived and sold into slavery in the south in mid-19th century America, had its world premiere Friday evening here at the Galaxy Theatre. The film was greeted with thunderous applause when its end credits began to roll; moments later, the audience offered a standing ovation as its director Steve McQueen and stars British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, McQueen regular Michael Fassbender, Kenyan newcomer Lupita Nyong’o and Brad Pitt (who is also a producer of the film) were introduced for a brief Q&A. The film, which will next screen at the Toronto Film Festival, will be released by Fox Searchlight on Oct. 18.
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Word leaked early in the fest that 12 Years would be a “TBA screening,’ and the attendant excitement drew a full house that included Ralph Fiennes, Ken Burns, Michael Moore, J.C. Chandor and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the recently-elected, first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. By the time the theater emptied out, few hadn’t shed a tear in response to the emotional rollercoaster on which they had just journied.
McQueen’s previous two films — Hunger (2008), which is about a hunger striker, and Shame (2011), which is about a sex addict — both also debuted at Telluride. And like them, Twelve Years is an extremely dark and disturbing work that will almost certainly resonate more with critics than the general public. But unlike those earlier two films, which received a grand total of zero Oscar nominations, this one, because of its larger historical canvas and the magnificent performances from its giant ensemble cast, will almost certainly resonate more with the Academy. Indeed, I believe that it will strongly contend for noms in the categories of best picture, best director, best actor (Ejiofor), best supporting actor (Fassbender), best supporting actress (N’yongo), best adapted screenplay (for John Ridley‘s take on Solomon Northup’s 1853 autobiography of the same title) and best original score (Hans Zimmer).
The film — which also features fine work by Sarah Paulson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard, Garret Dillahunt and Beasts of the Southern Wild stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry — is one of several 2013 awards contenders that tackle the subject of race in America, along with Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and 42. A year after similar subject matter was presented with humor in the best picture-nominated Django Unchained, it is being treated with the utmost realism and seriousness. And, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation this year, with a black president in the White House but racial tensions amongst the population still great, that seems right.August 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm #110503
There is a report of a warm, but not overwhelming reception to Inside Llewyn Davis. This might indicate that this film is a little overrated despite its current reviews (which are almost all 5 stars). But then again a Daily Beast critic said “I just saw the first great film of 2013″.August 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm #110504
And I heard that the very dubious Jeffrey Wells was complaining about the lukewarm reaction to All Is Lost.
Seriously, this first screening reaction stuff (which fests and studios conspire together about) is becoming a real menace, both in terms of positive and negative. It’s all curious, but none of this should be thought of as the definitive word.
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