A Guide to TbtS 2018 Titles
Last weekend, we announced the titles coming to Telluride by the Sea this year, which included a seventh film in honor of our 20th anniversary. If you happened to miss this big announcement or just want a little more information about the movies, we’ll go through each of the extraordinary films here.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Following Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, there has been a lot of Oscar buzz around Can You Ever Forgive Me? Melissa McCarthy plays Lee Isreal, a New York writer who is falling into obscurity and discovers she has a gift for forgery. This movie is a true departure from Melissa’s usual, as you likely know her from her comedic work, making this a treat to see.
Border: Sweden recently submitted this film as its entry for the Oscar’s Best Foreign Language film, and it was a Telluride favorite according to a few “Best of” lists from the weekend. It should be interesting to see how Ali Abbasi blends fairytale and supernatural qualities with commentary on outsiders in Sweden.
Dogman: Directed by Gomorrah’s Matteo Garrone, and starring this year’s Cannes best actor award Marcello Fonte, Dogman is even based on a true story from Italy. When a sweet dog groomer turns into a drug dealer, volatile characters disrupt his world, leading Marcello to seek revenge. This film is sure to pack a punch!
The Front Runner: Another fantastic movie from writer-director Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Up In The Air), The Front Runner follows the 1988 tabloid scandal around Gary Hart’s campaign downfall. Hugh Jackman, who plays Hart, is also getting a lot of Oscar-buzz for his performance, but be sure to look for other stars, including Vera Farmiga and J.K. Simmons.
Girl: This film has already won Best First Feature Film at Cannes this year, and will represent Belguim for the foreign-language Oscar. Girl is about a transgender 15-year-old as she is transitioning, and the physical and mental complications of training to be a ballerina at the same time. Victor Polster, who plays Lara, was just 15 at the time and delivers an amazing performance.
The Favourite: There has been lots of buzz for this one, so don’t miss it! Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite is a look into the royal power struggle (and a test in spelling for me). The three actresses (Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, and Emma Stone) are all forces to be reckoned with in this wicked and comic film.
Free Solo: Our surprise seventh film! TMH audiences will remember Alex Honnold from when he visited with his book, Alone on the Wall. According to TMH staffers, he was climbing the walls of the Loft! In Free Solo, Honnold attempts the impossible: free soloing El Capitan (no ropes). This film was much talked about at Telluride, and will surely make a few of us nervous!
Don’t forget to get Weekend Passes before they’re gone (Patron Passes are already sold out), and we’ll see you in 10 days!