2020 Telluride Film Festival Lineup Includes ‘Belfast,’ ‘Spencer,’ And More

The Telluride Film Festival still remains one of the most important events of the year, when it comes to foreseeing the rest of the cinematic year. Even with last year’s pandemic cancellation, they still managed to make the right call, with Nomadland listed as one of their centerpieces before the event got bumped. In fact, in the last twelve years, Telluride has only missed the Best Picture winner once – the infamous Green Book year that no one saw coming. So if you’re looking for the best judge of talent and character on the market, I would look towards the Telluride lineup to see what’s up.

The official Telluride schedule was announced two days ago, just in time for the premiere last night. And I’ve gotta say: this is one helluva lineup. Many of the big players from the season are looking to premiere, starting with Netflix’s powerhouse trio of Jane Campion’s Western The Power of the Dog, Paolo Sorrentino’s coming-of-age drama The Hand of God, and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s thriller The Lost Daughter. Also launching at the festival are Mike Mills’ road trip dramedy C’mon C’mon, Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical Belfast, and Pablo Larraín’s Princess Diana picture Spencer. Oh, and in two of the biggest boons of the festival, Telluride held the world premieres (and in the case of the latter, the first time anyone had seen it fully edited) for Reinaldo Marcus Green and Will Smith’s biopic King Richard and Joe Wright’s musical adaptation of Cyrano.

The festival also found itself padded with some major names from both Sundance and Cannes. These include foreign language titles like Asghar Farhadi’s A Heroand documentaries like Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Sundance hit Flee, Andrea Arnold’s nature doc Cow, and Todd Haynes’ musical biography of The Velvet Underground. Other major Cannes titles include Mia Hansen-Løve’s satricial Bergman Island and Sean Baker’s character study Red Rocket. Oh, and in a delightfully surprising turn of events, it appears that Jenny Slate and her ex-husband Dean Fleischer-Camp reunited to make a movie adaptation of their beloved YouTube series Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. What a surprising twist!

You can see the full lineup for the 2021 Telluride Film Festival below. While films technically began premiering last night, I am holding off updates at this time: I’ll have a full update by the end of the weekend, for both Telluride and Venice.

  • The Automat – Lisa Hurwitz
  • Becoming Cousteau – Liz Garbus
  • Belfast – Kenneth Branagh
  • Bergman Island – Mia Hansen-Løve
  • Bitterbrush – Emelie Mahdavian
  • C’mon C’mon – Mike Mills
  • Citizen Ashe – Sam Pollard
  • Cow – Andrea Arnold
  • Cyrano – Joe Wright
  • The Duke – Roger Michelle
  • The Electrical Life of Louis Wain – Will Sharpe
  • Encounter – Michael Pearce
  • Fauci – John Hoffman & Janet Tobias
  • Flee – Jonas Poher Rasmussen
  • Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song – Dayne Goldfine & Dan Geller
  • The Hand of God – Paolo Sorrentino
  • A Hero – Asghar Farhadi
  • Julia – Julie Cohen & Betsy West
  • King Richard – Reinaldo Marcus Green
  • The Lost Daughter – Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On – Dean Fleischer-Camp
  • Muhammad Ali – Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, & David McMahon
  • Nuclear Family – Ry Russo-Young
  • Petite Maman – Céline Sciamma
  • The Power of the Dog – Jane Campion
  • Procession – Robert Greene
  • The Real Charlie Chaplin – James Spinney & Peter Middleton
  • Red Rocket – Sean Baker
  • The Rescue – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin
  • River – Jennifer Peedom
  • The Same Storm – Peter Hedges
  • Speer Goes To Hollywood – Vanessa Lapa
  • Spencer – Pablo Larraín
  • Torn – Max Lowe
  • Unclenching the Fists – Kira Kovalenko
  • The Velvet Underground – Todd Haynes

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