A man adrift at sea. A woman adrift in space. And a young girl all by herself in the desert.
If there's a theme at this weekend's Telluride Film Festival, it's that solo travel may have its benefits but also carries more than a few risks.
But the inclusion of three films — Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity," which stars
In recent years, more by accident than design, Telluride has hosted the world premieres of several films that went on to take the best picture Oscar, including
"It's incredibly fortunate that we're just really lucky that way," said Julie Huntsinger, who directs the festival with Gary Meyer and Tom Luddy.
Among the 59 features and shorts playing in Telluride, the awards contenders certainly include "Gravity" (premiering Wednesday at
The festival typically holds several "sneak previews" of movies that are not on the festival's official schedule, and candidates for those prime slots could include writer-director Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years a Slave" and the
In addition to "All Is Lost," the festival will show several other works that debuted to acclaim at Cannes, including Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," which stars
Although the Telluride festival is not known as a destination for sales agents and distributors looking for new movie titles to buy, the festival will show two up-for-grabs films likely to draw some buyer interest:
In 2012, Telluride showcased the French end-of-life drama
Telluride typically presents some of the year's top nonfiction films (a year ago, it had the Oscar-nominated Israeli film
Huntsinger said the usually silent half of the Penn and Teller prestidigitation duo will not only speak at a question-and-answer session following a screening of "Tim's Vermeer," but he also will be among the storytellers at a new Friday event called "Story Night," where he, Reitman,
While the audience will have the final say over the quality of the festival's selections, Huntsinger said she, Luddy and Meyer were able to pick from a solid crop of contenders.
"I do feel there is an amazing amount of good cinema," she said. "And we're the lucky recipients of it."