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Telluride program includes “The Descendants,” “The Artist,” more – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell UPDATED: The full Telluride program has been posted at the bottom of this story!

It has begun. Now that Venice has opened, and with 98% of Hollywood heading to the mountains for the 38th Telluride Film Festival, the 2011 awards season officially is underway.

Telluride begins screenings on Friday, Sept. 2, and runs through Monday, Sept. 5. After that, the focus shifts to Toronto, which launches Thursday, Sept. 8. It’s about the get extremely busy in our Awards Alley … but we start with Telluride titles.

While screenings are kept under wraps until the fest begins, those arrive at the fest today began tweeting the official selections. What will audience members be seeing?

How about Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” which will screen in conjunction with a George Clooney tribute (though Clooney’s own “Ides of March” isn’t mentioned, unless it is a surprise screening), according to InContention’s Kris Tapley (via Twitter).

Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist” and David Cronengerg’s “A Dangerous Method” will screen. If you need more Michael Fassbender after “Method,” TFF programmed Steve McQueen’s “Shame.”

Tilda Swinton will be in town for a tribute, as well as a screening of her Cannes hit “We Need to Talk About Kevin.” Rodrigo Garcias’s “Albert Nobbs,” which features Glenn Close as a cross-dressing butler in 19th century Ireland, also has been programmed.

Other titles filling out this year’s Telluride roster include Aki Kaurismäki’s “Le Havre,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s “The Kid with a Bike,” Bela Tarr’s “Turin Horse” (which Hungary just selected as its official entry for Oscar consideration), Joseph Cedar’s “Footnote” and Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation.”

Barring any surprise additions, that means Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is not making the trek to Telluride (much to Jeff Wells’ chagrin, no doubt). And Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” which is battling some mediocre reviews today, will be content with Venice and New York as Sony Pictures Classics mounts its possible awards campaign.

More on Telluride as the fest gets underway.

From a release:


38th Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following new feature films to play in its main program, the ‘SHOW’:

· ALBERT NOBBS (d. Rodrigo Garcia, U.S., 2011)

· THE ARTIST (d. Michel Hazanavicius, France, 2011)

· BECOMING BERT STERN (d. Shannah Laumeister, U.S., 2011)

· BITTER SEEDS (d. Micha X. Peled, U.S., 2011)

· BONSÁI (d. Cristián Jiménez, Chile, 2011)

· A DANGEROUS METHOD (d. David Cronenberg, U.K.-Switzerland-U.S.-Canada, 2011)

· THE DESCENDANTS (d. Alexander Payne, U.S., 2011)

· DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL (d. Lisa Immordino-Vreeland, U.S., 2011)

· FOOTNOTE (d. Joseph Cedar, Israel, 2011)

· THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (d. Joshua Marston, U.S.-Albania-Denmark-Italy, 2011)

· GOODBYE FIRST LOVE (d. Mia Hansen-Løve, France, 2011)

· LE HAVRE (d. Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 2011)

· HOLLYWOOD DON’T SURF (d. Greg Macgillivray, Sam George, U.S., 2011)

· IN DARKNESS (d. Agnieszka Holland, Poland, 2011)

· INTO THE ABYSS: A TALE OF DEATH, A TALE OF LIFE (d. Werner Herzog, U.S., 2011)

· THE ISLAND PRESIDENT (d. Jon Shenk, U.S., 2011)

· THE KID WITH A BIKE (d. Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Belgium, 2011)

· LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD (d. Martin Scorsese, U.S., 2011)

· PASSERBY (d. Eryk Rocha, Brazil, 2011)

· PERDIDA (d. Viviana García Besné, Mexico, 2011)

· PINA (d. Wim Wenders, Germany, 2011)

· A SEPARATION (d. Asghar Farhadi, Iran, 2011)

· SHAME (d. Steve McQueen, U.K., 2011)

· THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY (d. Mark Cousins, U.K., 2011)

· TARGET (d. Alexander Zeldovich, Russia, 2011)

· THE TURIN HORSE (d. Béla Tarr, Hungary, 2011)

· THE WAY HOME (d. Dr. Biju, India, 2010)

· WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (d. Lynne Ramsey, U.K., 2011)

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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