It’s impossible to see everything over the short four-day Labor Day weekend. Especially so if you’re trying to write in the meantime. I envy those who don’t. The patrons purchase their badges and enjoy whatever films they can fit into their schedule. This year those passes sold out quicker than ever. I expect the same thing will happen next year as the festival becomes a less best-kept secret. Telluride itself hasn’t changed much. The town is still the town. The festival has changed insofar as so many hot tickets play there long before they play anywhere else. So it would be pretty great to buy a ticket, find lodging (very very expensive lodging) and see these movies before anyone else has the chance.
I’m usually there for one reason only — to seek out the films that might break into the Oscar race. Well, that’s the pretend reason I go. The other big reason is just to go there. I wish I could Laura Linney into a permanent residence there and maybe someday I will. Either way, I missed a few key films that should be mentioned.