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2011 Telluride Film Festival Line-Up

For almost forty years, Colorado’s Telluride has been one of the premier film festivals in the country. It has garnered a great deal of praise for being a place that caters to pure, uncorrupted cinephilia. Today, Deadline reported that Telluride has released the lineup for its 2011 festival. Here’s the list of what will be playing their main program, alias ‘The Show.’

Albert Nobbs, directed by Rodrigo Garcia, U.S.The Artist, directed by Michael Hazanavicius, FranceBecoming Bert Stern, directed by Shannah Laumeister, U.S.Bitter Seeds, directed by Micha X. Peled, U.S.Bonsai, directed Cristián Jiménez, ChileA Dangerous Method, directed by David Cronenberg, U.K.-Switzerland-U.S.-CanadaThe Descendants, directed Alexander Payne, U.S.Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, directed by Lisa Immordino-VreelandFootnoote, directed by Joseph Cedar, IsraelThe Forgiveness of Blood, directed by Joshua Marston, U.S.-Albania-Denmark-ItalyGoodbye First Love, directed by Mia Hansen-LØve, FranceLe Havre, directed by Aki Kaurismäki, FinlandHollywood Don’t Surf, directed by Greg Macgillivray, Sam George, U.S.In Darkness, dircted by Agnieszka Holland, PolandInto The Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life, directed by Werner Herzog, U.S.The Island President, directed by Jon Shenk, U.S.The Kid with a Bike, directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, BelgiumLiving in the Material World, directed by Martin Scorsese, U.S.Passerby, directed by Eryk Rocha, BrazilPerdida, directed by Viviana García Besné, MexicoPina, directed by Wim Wenders, GermanyA Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi, IndiaShame, directed by Steve McQueen, U.K.The Story of Film: An Odyssey, directed Mark Cousins, U.K.Target, directed Alexander Zeldovich, RussiaThe Turn Horse, directed by Béla Tarr, HungaryThe Way Home, directed by Dr. Biju, IndiaWe Need to Talk About Kevin, directed by Lynne Ramsey, U.K.

The most interesting thing about this announcement is the fact that it comes just a day before the fest is due to begin. Talk about coming in just under the wire. I’m thrilled to see new films from Martin Scorsese, David Cronenberg, Werner Herzog, and Wim Wenders on the roster. As a psychology nerd, Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, an examination of the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, is particularly high on my list of must-sees. The Artist is a Weinstein release, George Clooney stars in The Descendants, and Tilda Swinton stars in We Need to Talk About Kevin. These are clearly films to keep an eye on come awards season.

The documentary Hollywood Don't Surf lists a rather eclectic assortment of interviewees including; Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Pam Anderson, and Robert Englund. Finally, Albert Nobbs is enticing not only because it boasts a cast that includes Glenn Close, Brendan Gleeson, John Rhys Meyers, and Kick-Ass' Aaron Johnson, but it was also co-written by Close. This will be her first writing project.