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Pictured above: Labor Day Picnic Seminar with Sarah Polley, Haifaa Al Mansour, Gael García Bernal, Annette Insdorf, Dennis Quaid, and Ray Liotta.
The 39th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, drew to a close today following a spectacular weekend of diverse programming, surprise screenings and special guests.
"As the 39th Telluride Film Festival closes, we are energized by the talent we've seen by both emerging and established filmmakers," said Festival Co-Directors Julie Huntsinger, Gary Meyer and Tom Luddy. "Following what has been a bountiful cinematic feast, we look toward next year's 40th Anniversary of TFF with anticipation of what's yet to come."
Telluride Film Festival screened twenty-five new feature films in its main program, seven film revivals selected by Guest Director Geoff Dyer, twelve Backlot programs, six revival programs, 29 shorts and student films, and hosted ten seminars and conversations between festival guests.
Ben Affleck presented his newest film ARGO (U.S., 2012) as an unofficial part of the Telluride Film Festival program known to attendees as a "Sneak Preview."
39th Telluride Film Festival guests and program participants include: Oskar Alegria, Nikolaj Arcel, Ramin Bahrani, Noah Baumbach, Gael García Bernal, Satya Bhabha, Wayne Blair, Katriné Boorman, Serge Bromberg, Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, Roger Corman, Marion Cotillard, Mark Cousins, C. Chapin Cutler Jr., Christine Cynn, Ziad Doueiri, Geoff Dyer, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Dave Eggers, Michael Fitzgerald, Scott Foundas, Liz Garbus, Jack Garfein, Greta Gerwig, Shirley Henderson, John Horn, Viktor Dénes Huszár, Katrina Kirk, Robert Kirk, Shaun Kirk, Stephanie Kirk, Ed Lachman, Pablo Larraín, Valentina Leduc, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Leonard Maltin, Haifaa Al Mansour, Todd McCarthy, David McMahon, Deepa Mehta, Kad Merad, Mads Mikkelsen, The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Dror Moreh, Kim Morgan, Errol Morris, David Moynihan, Bill Murray, Marielle Nitoslawska, Alessandro Nivola, Joshua Oppenheimer, Alexander Payne, Christian Petzold, Sarah Polley, Sally Potter, Juan Carlos Rulfo, Salman Rushdie, Carolee Schneeman, Matthias Schoenaerts, Donald Sosin, Mickey Sumner, Margarete Tiesel, Paolo Cherchi Usai, Ariel Vroman and Michael Winterbottom.
Previously announced Telluride Film Festival Silver Medallion awards, given to recognize an artist's significant contribution to the world of cinema, went to Roger Corman, Marion Cotillard and Mads Mikkelsen. The Special Medallion award, given to a hero of cinema who preserves, honors and presents great movies, went to C. Chapin Cutler Jr. and Boston Light & Sound.
Previously announced new feature films that played in the official 39th Telluride Film Festival main program: THE ACT OF KILLING (d. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, 2012); AMOUR (d. Michael Haneke, Austria, 2012); AT ANY PRICE (d. Ramin Bahrani, U.S., 2012); THE ATTACK (d. Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon-France, 2012); BARBARA (d. Christian Petzold, Germany, 2012); THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (d. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon, U.S., 2012); EVERYDAY (d. Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2012); FRANCES HA (d. Noah Baumbach, U.S., 2012); THE GATEKEEPERS (d. Dror Moreh, Israel, 2012); GINGER AND ROSA (d. Sally Potter, England, 2012); THE HUNT (d. Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 2012); HYDE PARK ON HUDSON (d. Roger Michell, U.S., 2012); THE ICEMAN (d. Ariel Vromen, U.S., 2012); LOVE, MARILYN (d. Liz Garbus, U.S., 2012); MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN (d. Deepa Mehta, Canada-Sri Lanka, 2012); NO (Pablo Larraín, Chile, 2012); PARADISE: LOVE (d. Ulrich Seidl, Austria, 2012); PIAZZA FONTANA (d. Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy, 2012); A ROYAL AFFAIR (d. Nikolaj Arcel, Denmark, 2012); RUST & BONE (d. Jacques Audiard, France, 2012); THE SAPPHIRES (d. Wayne Blair, Australia, 2012); STORIES WE TELL (d. Sarah Polley, Canada, 2012); SUPERSTAR (d. Xavier Giannoli, France, 2012); WADJDA (d. Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia, 2012); WHAT IS THIS FILM CALLED LOVE? (d. Mark Cousins, Ireland-Mexico, 2012).
Previously announced film screened in The Backlot, venue: BREAKING THE FRAME (d. Marielle Nitoslawska, Canada, 2012); CARRIÈRE 250 METERS (d. Juan Carlos Rulfo, Mexico, 2012); CELLULOID MAN: A FILM ON P.K. NAIR (d. Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, India, 2012); CINEMA JENIN (d. Marcus Vetter, Germany-Israel-Occupied Palestinian Territory, 2012); FINAL CUT: LADIES AND GENTLEMAN (d. György Pálfi, Hungary, 2012); IN SEARCH OF EMAK BAKIA (d. Oskar Alegria, Spain, 2012); JONATHAN MILLER (d. David Thompson, U.K., 2012); JOURNAL DE FRANCE (d. Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret, France, 2012); ME AND ME DAD (d. Katriné Boorman, U.K., 2012); MIKIS THEODORAKIS, COMPOSER (d. Klaus Salge and Asteris Kutulas, Germany, 2012); ON BORROWED TIME (d. David Bradbury, Australia, 2012); THE SHORT FILMS OF JEAN NEGULESCO.
Telluride Film Festival celebrated the 100th birthday of its friend Chuck Jones (who died in 2002). Classic cartoons and his words of wisdom were included at screenings throughout the Festival. Animator-artist Jones, who received his first retrospective at Telluride in 1976, made regular visits to Telluride with his characters - The Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepe Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin Martian, Michigan J. Frog plus those he directed including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd. Jones's daughter, Linda Jones Clough, was present for a special animation conversation, which took place at the Chuck Jones Cinema.
39th Telluride Film Festival was dedicated to Bingham Ray (1954-2012) and Jan Sharp (1946-2012).