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A Check In From The Telluride Film Festival, Plus KPCC’s FilmWeek Critics Share Their Favorite Films of 2019 So Far

Telluride Film Festival Attracts Thousands
Telluride Film Festival Attracts Thousands
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The quiet mountain town of Telluride, Colorado will triple in population this weekend when the Telluride Film Festival gets underway, according to the festival’s website. About 5,000 will descend on the town for the festival’s 46th annual running. Seven out of the last ten best picture winners at the Oscars were screened at Telluride, so it would seem that the festival has a penchant for tapping into films that the Academy likes to consider. This year, it’s dedicated to legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda, who passed away in March.

Among the highly-anticipated films to be screened at Telluride include “Judy,” a biopic about Judy Garland starring Renée Zellweger, “Ford v. Ferrari,” starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale in the story of how Ford built a revolutionary race car to try and compete with Ferrari at Le Mans in 1966, a divorce drama from director Noah Baumbach called “Marriage Story” starring Scarlett Johannson, Adam Driver and Laura Dern, and acclaimed British filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s new documentary “Diego Maradona,” about the controversial former Argentinian soccer star.

Plus, the summer movie season has officially passed us by, and with the arrival of high-profile film festivals like Telluride, Toronto, it can only mean that we’re starting to head down the final stretch of the 2019 movie season.

This year, films like “Avengers: End Game,” “The Farewell,” “Once Upon A Hollywood” have garnered early praise as awards contenders from the first half of the year, but there are still a handful of movies still to release this year that could give the aforementioned features a run for their money.

Martin Scorsese’s latest project “The Irishman” has yet to release, as does the Fred Rogers biopic “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers. And this week’s release of the final trailer for Warner Bros. highly-anticipated film “Joker” starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Harlequin of Hate is sure to send comic book fans into a frenzy of anticipation for the long-awaited origin story of Batman’s archnemesis.

For more information on Telluride and the films that will be showing, click here.


John Horn, host of KPCC’s “The Frame” who is attending the 2019 Telluride Film Festival; he tweets @JGHorn

Christy Lemire, film critic for KPCC, and co-host of the ‘Breakfast All Day’ podcast; she tweets @christylemire

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and; he tweets @CinemaInMind

Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC, Animation Scoop and Animation Magazine