‘Rosewater,’ ‘Birdman’ and ‘Wild’ Headed to Telluride Film Festival

Colorado fest announces its lineup — with few surprises, given Toronto’s new full-disclosure rules

Reese Witherspoon in Wild

The Telluride Film Festival announced its 2014 program on Thursday, the day before the fest kicks off in the mountains of Colorado — and to the surprise of nobody who’d been paying attention to other recent festival bookings, the Telluride program will include Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater,” Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game.”

Also on the list: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” which wowed critics when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, and Tommy Lee Jones‘ “The Homesman,” which premiered at Cannes in May.

Other Cannes-to-Telluride titles include the Dardenne brothers’ “Two Days, One Night,” Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” Mike Leigh‘s “Mr. Turner” and Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales.”

Documentaries on the list include “The 50 year Argument,” Martin Scorsese‘s and David Tedeschi’s look at the New York Review of Books; “The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated “The Act of Killing”; and “Red Army,” Gabe Polsky’s look at the fall of the Soviet Union through its hockey team.

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The festival said that other unannounced “sneak previews” will be added to the lineup this weekend.

Telluride also announced that its 2014 Silver Medallion Awards will go to German director Volker Schlondorff, who will screen the new Diplomacy,” 1970’s “Baal” and 1992’s Billy Wilder collaboration “How Did You Do It,” and to actress Hilary Swank. A new DCP of the original cut of Francis Ford Coppola‘s “Apocalypse Now” will also screen.

In addition, guest directors Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan will screen six films, including Robert Altman’s “California Split” and Howard Hawks’ “The Road to Glory.”

Additional revival screenings will include Orson Welles’ “Too Much Johnson,” while the “Backlot” program of films about artists will feature Walter Fasano’s “Bertolucci on Bertolucci,” Chuck Workman’s “Magician” and Ethan Hawke’s “Seymour.”

Telluride traditionally keeps its lineup a secret until the day before the festival begins. In the past, it has used that lack of advance word as a way to attract films that would quietly screen in Telluride and then go on to make their official premieres in Toronto, a far larger festival.

This year, though, Toronto declared that it would consider a Telluride booking a premiere, and would not screen any Telluride-bound films during its critical opening weekend, which will take place Sept. 4-7.

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As a result, anybody who checked the Toronto schedule would know that films TIFF announced as world premieres or North American premieres – a list that included Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children,” David Dobkin’s “The Judge,” Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” and Antoine Fuqua’s “The Equalizer,” among others — could not screen in Telluride.

And they would know that while “Rosewater,” “Wild,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Imitation Game” and a number of others were booked for Toronto, they were playing there after the first weekend, and thus were likely to be Telluride bound.

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The Telluride lineup:

“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 Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2014)
“The Look of Silence” (d. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark-Indonesia-Norway-Finalnd-U.S., 2014)
“Madame Bovary” (d. Sophie Barthes, U.K.-Belgium, 2014)
“Merchants of Doubt” (d. Robert Kenner, U.S., 2014)
“Mommy” (d. Xavier Dolan, Canada, 2014)
“Mr. Turner” (d. Mike Leigh, U.K., 2014)
“The Price of Fame” (d. Xavier Beauvois, France, 2014)
“Red Army” (d. Gabe Polsky, U.S.-Russia, 2014)
“Rosewater” (d. Jon Stewart, U.S., 2014)
“The Salt of the Earth”  (d. Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Brazil-Italy-France, 2014)
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper” (d. Nick Broomfield, U.K.-U.S, 2014)
“Two Days, One Night” (d. Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Belgium-Italy-France, 2014)
“Wild” (d. Jean-Marc Valleé, U.S., 2014)
“Wild Tales” (d. Damián Szifrón, Argentina-Spain, 2014)

Guest directors selections:
“California Split” (d. Robert Altman, U.S., 1974)
“Il Grido” (d. Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1957)
“M” (d. Joseph Losey, U.S., 1951)
“A Man’s Castle” (d. Frank Borzage, U.S., 1933)
“The Road to Glory” (d. Howard Hawks, U.S., 1936)
“Wicked Woman” (d. Russell Rouse, U.S., 1953)

Additional revivals:
“Children of No Importance” (d. Gerhard Lamprecht, Germany, 1926)
“Too Much Johnson” (d. Orson Welles, U.S., 1938)
“Carroll Ballard: Seems Like Only Yesterday”
“Where Eagles Dare”  (d. Brian G. Hutton, U.S., 1968)

“Bertolucci on Bertolucci” (d. Walter Fasano, Luca Guadagnino, Italy, 2013)
“Forbidden Films” (d. Felix Moeller, Germany, 2014)
“How to Smell a Rose”  (d. Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht, U.S.-France, 2014)
“I Stop Time” (d. Gunilla Bresky, Sweden-Russia, 2014)
“Keep on Keepin’ On” (d. Alan Hicks, U.S., 2014)
“Magician” (d. Chuck Workman, U.S., 2014)
“Night Will Fall” (d. André Singer, U.K.-U.S.-Israel, 2014)
“Seymour” (d. Ethan Hawke, U.S., 2014)
“Socialism” (d. Peter von Bagh, Finland, 2014)