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Telluride XL Day Four: Mystery Doc 'Galapagos Affair,' Guest Directors Don DeLillo and B. Ruby Rich, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and More

I started the day with cold leftover coffee and the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction documentary, "Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden," by the celebrated Bay Area documentarians Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller ("Ballets Russes"). I cannot imagine picking up and moving to a deserted island even today, much less in the 1930, when three disparate groups of people fled Europe for life on an uninhabited bay on one of the smallest islands of the Galapagos.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 5, 2013 11:58 AM
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Telluride Tributes the Coen Brothers and T-Bone Burnett, Screens 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Publicity shy writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen came to Telluride for the first time, not only to screen "Inside Llewyn Davis" for festival audiences but to pay tribute to their long-time musical collaborator T-Bone Burnett. "Inside Llewyn Davis" is as pure as the driven snow, much like the title character played by gifted actor/musician Oscar Isaac (who played supporting roles in "Sucker Punch" and "Drive" as Carey Mulligan's husband). Which is to say that the movie is about an artist who can't be anything but himself.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 4, 2013 5:31 PM
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Telluride Review: 'Salinger' Documentary and Joyce Maynard Reaction (TRAILER)

The doc, which took Salerno ten years, is a thorough portrait of the enigmatic, reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," taking us through his prep school days and early short-story writing--his goal to be published in The New Yorker had to wait until after World War II. He landed in France on D-Day and served 299 days in active combat before V-Day, writing "Catcher in the Rye" by the side of the road when he could. After witnessing the horrors of the holocaust at a concentration camp and doing espionage work in post-war Germany hunting down Nazis, he brought home a Nazi war bride to his Jewish father, but the marriage was annulled after a month.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2013 4:07 PM
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Telluride Film Festival XL Launches Werner Herzog Theatre, 'Under the Sun,' 'All is Lost'

The Werner Herzog Theater, the brand-new and fabulous tenth venue for the Festival, took the back of my head off. For a girl who bemoans the state of exhibition in the San Francisco Bay Area (don't get me started), it has become increasingly necessary to travel to see movies as they should be shown -- on big, well-lit screens, in a dark room not distractingly illuminated by flashes of light from tiny screens, with crisp, layered sound. (Let's not get into the morass of film projection vs. digital. I'm sympathetic, I love velvety silver nitrate and Technicolor imbibition prints as much if not more than the next geek, but that ship has sailed.)
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 2, 2013 10:35 AM
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Weinstein Co. Buys U.S. Rights to Venice/Telluride Title 'Tracks' Starring Wasikowska

The Weinstein Company (TWC) today has acquired U.S. rights from HanWay Films to John Curran's true Australian odyssey "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, which debuted at Venice and Telluride to strong reviews and will go on to screen at Toronto. Here's TOH.
  • By Anne Thompson and Matt Mueller
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  • September 1, 2013 11:48 PM
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Telluride XL Day Three: Back to the Past

I eat and run, as just up the street Buck Henry, in his guise as Guest Director Emeritus, is presenting Mike Hodges' 1974 "The Terminal Man," a prescient, mesmerizing thriller in which George Segal, a computer programmer, permits electrodes and computers to be surgically implanted in him in order to stop his violent seizures. But the procedure instead increases their frequency and Segal's destructive behavior. In his catalogue blurb, Henry cites "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "Clockwork Orange," and "Fahrenheit 451."
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 1, 2013 2:42 PM
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Telluride Roundups: Oscar Hopefuls '12 Years a Slave' and 'Prisoners' Score with Critics (TRAILERS)

Two unannounced big films made a big splash Saturday: Warner Bros. awards hopeful "Prisoners," which nabbed rave reviews for Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave," directed by Steve McQueen.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 31, 2013 3:51 PM
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Telluride XL Day 2: 'Ida,' 'Labor Day,' Coens Music Tribute, 'Natan'

Here's my recap of a long and rather unbelievably rich festival day at Telluride.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 31, 2013 2:05 PM
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Telluride Film Festival, Diary One: Big Anticipation for the 40th Anniversary

I look forward to the one-two punch of my favorite fall film festivals (say that five times fast), Telluride and Toronto, all year long, but this year I feel woefully unprepared for the two orgies. Telluride, a cinephile's dream, haven for the film obsessive, an overstuffed four-day weekend designed to be shorter and more focused than the ten-day or longer omnibus festivals, but this year a whole day longer in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 29, 2013 3:03 PM
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Telluride Film Festival Unveils 40th Anniversary Lineup; Includes 'Gravity,' 'Labor Day,' 'The Invisible Woman,' Cannes Entries and More

The Telluride Film Festival has announced the official program selections of its 40th edition. Included in the lineup are Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman," John Curran's "Tracks" and Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." Full lineup below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 28, 2013 11:24 AM
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