2018 Telluride Film Festival Lineup Tells Us What Best Picture May Look Like

As per usual, the Telluride Film Festival has held off until the Thursday before to announce their schedule. And as per usual, it seems incredibly likely that this year’s Best Picture winner will be on this list of films.

Honestly, this may be the most impressive year for the festival yet. There are dozens of great films appearing here, from those that have already premiered, like Olivier Assayas’ Venice contender Non Fiction and Cannes premieres Cold War and Shoplifters, to those films trying to break into the Oscar race, like the Melissa McCarthy Oscar play Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the Nicole Kidman thriller Destroyer, the crime thriller White Boy Rick, and Robert Redford’s final film The Old Man and the Gun. However, if you’re here reading about Telluride, then odds are you’re trying to find out which film is most likely to win Best Picture, considering every winner in the past decade premiered here. Well, by my count, there are seven likely suspects: Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, the late Orson WellesThe Other Side of the Wind, Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, Damien Chazelle’s First Man, Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite, and Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma. All seven of these films have the potential to win over the hearts and minds of critics, audiences, and Academy voters alike to become the next Best Picture. In particular, I’d say that the last five have the best shot, with The Front Runner and The Other Side of the Wind dropping two phenomenal trailers this week, while First Man, The Favourite, and Roma have already appeared in Venice to critical acclaim (Man has been called a true technical wonder, while The Favourite received rapturous applause during the movie and Roma won over the more artistic audiences). Still, no matter how the race shakes out, it’s destined to be one for the ages.

I’ll have updates on these films as the reviews roll in. Until then, you can enjoy the full lineup below.

Main Program:

  • Angels Are Made of Light – James Longley
  • Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blanché – Pamela E. Green
  • The Biggest Little Farm – John and Molly Chester
  • Birds of Passage – Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego
  • Border – Ali Abbasi
  • Boy Erased – Joel Edgerton
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Marielle Heller
  • Cold War – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Destroyer – Karyn Kusama
  • Dogman – Matteo Garrone
  • Dovlatov – Aleksei German
  • The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • First Man – Damien Chazelle
  • Fistful of Dirt – Sebastián Silva
  • Free Solo – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhely
  • The Front Runner – Jason Reitman
  • Ghost Fleet – Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron
  • Girl – Lukas Dhont
  • Graves Without a Name – Rithy Pahn
  • The Great Buster – Peter Bogdanovich
  • Meeting Gorbachev – Werner Herzog and André Singer
  • Non Fiction – Olivier Assayas
  • The Old Man & The Gun – David Lowery
  • The Other Side of the Wind – Orson Welles
  • Peterloo – Mike Leigh
  • Reversing Roe – Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • Shoplifters – Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead – Morgan Neville
  • Trial by Fire – Ed Zwick
  • Watergate or, How We Learned to Stop an Out-of Control President – Charles Ferguson
  • White Boy Rick – Yann Demange
  • The White Crow – Ralph Fiennes


  • A Final Cut for Orson: 40 Years in the Making – Ryan Suffern AND The Eyes of Orson Welles – Mark Cousins
  • Hal – Amy Scott
  • Hugh Hefner’s After Dark: Speaking Out in America – Brigitte Berman
  • It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story – Eric Friedler
  • The Ghost of Peter Sellers – Peter Medak
  • What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael – Rob Garver

Selections from Jonathan Lethem

  • Angel – Ernst Lubitsch
  • Bigger Than life – Nicholas Ray
  • Never Cry Wolf – Carroll Ballard
  • The Tarnished Angels – Douglas Sirk
  • The White Meadows – Mohammad Rasoulof
  • To Be or Not to Be – Ernst Lubitsch

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