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“Arrival” and “La La Land” highlight the lineup for the 2016 Telluride Film Festival

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Welcome to September folks! I’ve been saying for a few weeks now that this new month means that it’s time for the fall festival season, and here’s some real evidence of it. Earlier today, the lineup for the 2016 Telluride Film Festival dropped, and it’s quite the slate. We now basically know the complete festival landscape now, with the contenders spread out before us. We’ll get into what’s playing shortly, but I just want to say how much I look forward to this part of the season, every single year. We emerge from the summer into an exciting fall, with 2016 looking to be no exception. Especially with how underwhelming the summer movie season was, festival season looks to be where film makes its mark in 2016. It’s full steam ahead towards Academy Award nominations now, and I couldn’t be happier. This is my cinematic happy place.

What you’ll see below is a really top notch group of flicks, some making their debuts in just a matter of days. Chief among the top tier titles are Arrival, Bleed for This, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, and Sully. Those six have my interest most piqued, especially after Arrival just debuted over at the Venice Film Festival today to strong reviews. That comes on the heels of La La Land blowing away the Venice crowd the day before, so it’s very exciting times. Check out the lineup below, which includes far more movies than just the half dozen I’ve quickly cited. It’s a loaded lineup!

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Here now is the entire Telluride slate for this year:

“Arrival” (Denis Villeneuve)

“The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography” (Errol Morris)

“Bleed for This” (Ben Younger)

“Bright Lights” (Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens)

“California Typewriter” (Doug Nichol)

“Chasing Trane” (John Scheinfeld)

“The Eagle Huntress” (Otto Bell)

“The End of Eden” (Angus Macqueen)

“A Fanatic Heart — Bob Geldof on WB Yeats” (Gerry Hoban)

“Finding Oscar” (Ryan Suffern)

“Fire at Sea” (Gianfranco Rosi)

“Frantz” (François Ozon)

“Gentleman Rissient” (Benoît Jacquot, Guy Séligmann, and Pascal Merigeau)

“Into the Inferno” (Werner Herzog)

“The Ivory Game” (Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson)

“Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown” (Gregory Monro)

“La La Land” (Damien Chazelle)

“Lost in Paris” (Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon)

“Manchester by the Sea” (Kenneth Lonergan)

“Maudie” (Aisling Walsh)

“Men: A Love Story” (Mimi Chakarova)

“Moonlight” (Barry Jenkins)

“My Journey Through French Cinema” (Bertrand Tavernier)

“Neruda” (Pablo Larraín)

“Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” (Joseph Cedar)

“Sully” (Clint Eastwood)

“Things to Come” (Mia Hansen-Løve)

“Through the Wall” (Assaf Amir)

“Toni Erdmann” (Maren Ade)

“Una” (Benedict Andrews)

“Wakefield” (Robin Swicord)

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Repertory titles:

“The Marseilles Trilogy: “Marius,” Fanny” and “César” (Marcel Pagnol)

“Variety” (Ewald André Dupont)

Guest Director selections:

“The Barefoot Contessa” (Joseph Mankiewicz)

“The Fire Within” (Louis Malle)

“I Was Nineteen” (Konrad Wolf)

“It Was the Month of May” (Marlen Khutsiev)

“Les Enfants Terribles” (Jean-Pierre Melville)

“Spies” (Fritz Lang)

Basically, it’s now the fall festival season in earnest. The Toronto Film Festival will follow shortly, with the New York Film Festival coming afterwards. For the moment though, it is Telluride’s time to shine, and fingers crossed for some big time awards players to shoot out before the fest wraps up. If anything truly remarkable hits, we’ll be sure to cover it, and obviously expect much more from certain titles, such as Arrival, Bleed for This, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, and Sully (which I see for myself in a few days as well). Things are about to get a little bit crazy, so strap in and prepare. Before you know it, it’ll be precursors time…

Stay tuned to see which true Oscar contenders emerge from Telluride over the next few days!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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