Telluride Film Festival Announces 2012 Line-up

While Venice and the Toronto Film Festival boasts long in advance about the Oscar-bait films that comprise its film programs, the Telluride Film Festival is sneakier, not unveiling its program until most of the attendees are en route (including my colleague Pete Hammond, which is why I am big footing his domain). TFF has just unveiled a program that includes nearly 100 feature films, short films and revivals that will unspool between August 31 and September 3. The slate seems a bit low-key to me, but they always load in some Oscar season surprises, and anyway, I’m a Toronto Fest guy. So the question is, will the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed The Master make a detour before hitting Toronto, and what about Ben Affleck’s Argo? Aside from the films, Roger Corman’s being honored and there are retrospectives and other things to keep people off the picturesque mountains and instead locked all day in dark rooms.

Here are the films that were announced this morning:

* The Act Of Killing, Denmark, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.

* Amour, Austria, directed by Michael Haneke.

* At Any Price, U.S., directed by Ramin Bahrani.

* The Attack, Lebanon-France, directed by Ziad Doueiri.

* Barbara, Germany, directed by Christian Petzold.

* The Central Park Five, U.S., directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon.

* Everyday, UK, directed by Michael Winterbottom.

* Frances Ha, U.S., directed by Noah Baumbach.

* The Gatekeepers, Israel, directed by Dror Moreh.

* Ginger And Rosa, England, directed by Sally Potter.

* The Hunt, Denmark, directed by Thomas Vinterberg.

* Hyde Park On Hudson, U.S., directed by Roger Michell.

* The Iceman, U.S., directed by Ariel Vromen.

* Love, Marilyn, U.S., directed by Liz Garbus.

* Midnight’s Children, Canada-Sri Landa, directed by Deepa Mehta.

* No, Chile, directed by Pablo Larraín.

* Paradise: Love, Austria, directed by Ulrich Seidl.

* Piazza Fontana, Italy, directed by Marco Tullio Giordana.

* A Royal Affair, Denmark, directed by Nikolaj Arcel.

* Rust & Bone, France, directed by Jacques Audiard.

* The Sapphires, Australia, directed by Wayne Blair.

* Stories We Tell, Canada, directed by Sarah Polley.

* Superstar, France, directed by Xavier Giannoli.

* Wadjda, Saudi Arabia, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour.

* What Is This Film Called Love?, Ireland-Mexico, directed by Mark Cousins.

Said Telluride Film Festival Co-Director Julie Huntsinger: “TFF prides itself on loyal and personal relationships that deepen and enrich over time, as evidenced by the commitment of the majority of our passholders, filmmakers, and business partners, who come back every year to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us in supporting the best and the brightest talents of this year and future generations.”

  1. Quote: “TFF prides itself on loyal and personal relationships that deepen and enrich over time…”.

    Translation: “Slow film year. Again. But, as always, we have an increasing number of foreign indies that will go nowhere, directed by people you’ve never heard of, conceived and created by writers whose role as creators we consider to be so insignificant as to not even warrant mentioning.

    So … why go to Toronto?”

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