The 49th Telluride Film Festival, the home of the Best Picture winner 13 out of the last 15 years, has officially announced its 2022 lineup, and soon we will have first thoughts on Women Talking, Tár, and a litany of upcoming documentaries.
Perhaps the biggest names of the bunch – as evidenced in the fact that their screenings will be accompanied by tributes to the filmmakers – are Sarah Polley’s Women Talking and Todd Field’s Tár. This will be the world premiere for Talking, a film touted by many as one of the year’s most exciting, thanks to a cast including Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Judith Ivey, Jessie Buckley, and Frances McDormand.
Meanwhile, Field’s film just had a rapturous premiere at Venice, making it one of the most exciting premieres at Telluride. Featuring a supposedly career-best Cate Blanchett, this may be the film to beat on the awards trail. It’ll be interesting to see how it fares here in America.
Speaking of Venice, Alejandro González Iñárritu will be looking to save face after a disastrous Venice premiere. While it may be able to recover if the Colorado crowd takes to the film, this will be make-or-break for Netflix’s one Oscar hope. Other Venice titles premiering at Telluride include Bones and All (which just bowed at Venice to solid reviews) and The Wonder, not to mention the Venice/Sundance title Living, which is looking to make an Oscar push.
Cannes will similarly be well represented, thanks to a handful of major titles like James Gray’s reflective Armageddon Time, Lukas Dhont’s weepy Close, Ali Abbasi and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s award-winning Holy Spider and Broker (respectively), the Dardenne Brothers’ Tori and Lokita, and Mia Hansen-Løve’s One Fine Morning. And then there’s a series of major documentaries ready to dazzle audiences, including Matthew Trynauer’s The End of the World, the Mars Rover film Good Night Oppy, the buzzy title Bobi Wine, Ghetto President, a sequel to the 2017 Best Documentary winner Icarus: The Aftermath, a Robert Downey Sr. documentary titled Sr., and two Mark Cousins films: the Italian fascism story The March On Rome and a Hitchcock retrospective My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock.
It’s certainly possible that one of these titles is your future Oscar winner – it’s even more likely one of the year’s best films is amongst the lineup. In the meantime, the Telluride Film Festival will run from Friday, September 2nd to Monday, September 5th. I will have an update for you all in the near future. You can see the full list of titles below.
- Armageddon Time – James Gray
- Bardo (Or, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths) – Alejandro González Iñárritu
- Bobi Wine, Ghetto President – Moses Bwayo and Christopher Sharp
- Broker – Hirokazu Kore-eda
- Close – Lukas Dhont
- A Compassionate Spy – Steve James
- The Corridors of Power – Dror Moreh
- Empire of Light – Sam Mendes
- The End of the World – Matthew Trynauer
- The Future Tense – Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy
- Godland – Hlynur Pálmason
- Good Night Oppy – Ryan White
- Holy Spider – Ali Abassi
- Icarus: The Aftermath – Bryan Fogel
- If These Walls Could Sing – Mary McCartney
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover – Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
- Last Flight Home – Ondi Timoner
- Living – Oliver Hermanus
- The March On Rome – Mark Cousins
- Merkel – Eva Weber
- My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock – Mark Cousins
- One Fine Morning – Mia Hansen-Løve
- Retrograde – Matthew Heineman
- Sr. – Chris Smith
- Squaring the Circle – Anton Corbijn
- TÁR – Todd Field
- Tori and Lokita – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
- Wildcat – Trevor Beck Frost and Melissa Lesh
- Women Talking – Sarah Polley
- The Wonder – Sebastián Lelio