The line-up of the 41st Telluride Film Festival, which its organizers unveiled today, is full of some of the most buzzed-about Oscar hopefuls. Among the films that are set to screen in the Rocky Mountains over the Labor Day weekend are the world premieres of The Imitation Game, perhaps The Weinstein Co.’s most promising contender; Fox Searchlight’s Wild, one of several Reese Witherspoon vehicles vying for attention this awards season; Open Road’s Rosewater, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut; another take on Madame Bovary, this one starring Mia Wasikowska, which is still seeking U.S. distribution; and Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s HBO-bound New York Review of Books doc The 50 Year Argument.
Numerous films that debuted at other fests this year also are among the offerings: There is Birdman, the new film from Telluride regular Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu that opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday and was met with glowing reviews. There’s the Cannes grand jury prize co-winner Mommy. And there are four award winners being distributed by Sony Pictures Classics: Sundance grand jury and audience award winner Whiplash, plus Foxcatcher, Mr. Turner and Leviathan, which claimed Cannes prizes for best director (Bennett Miller), best actor (Timothy Spall) and best screenplay, respectively.
Also coming from Cannes: Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman (whose star Hilary Swank will be the recipient of a Telluride tribute this year); brothers Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night; and the hockey doc Red Army.