Having George Clooney and Tilda Swinton in attendance as silver medallion tributes didn’t hurt the celebrity “wattage”. However, not having to attend red carpet events, being able to mix with the locals and attendees without worrying about “who they were wearing” and basically enjoying the low key vibe that is Telluride was refreshing. Add Glenn Close and Jennifer Garner to the list of celebrities also in town and it made for another enthusiastic event.
Telluride Film Festival has always been and remains – simply about the love of films. With that as a narrative, Telluride has always selected films that may not necessarily appeal to those people looking for the next box office blockbuster. The goal being – find those films that embody the core essence of what films are meant to do - provoke, entertain, disturb, amuse, etc. Some of the films premiered in Telluride have been commercial successes and probably many more have not been – but those less commercial films are no less embraced and enjoyed by the festival crowd. In fact, standing in line listening to what people enjoyed most are often small, mindful films that you need to seek out afterwards from art house rental companies or art house movie theaters.
This year’s menu of films was no exception. Some examples include “The Descendants”
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