For years now, my good pal and troublesome Telluride attendee Michael Patterson, has been predicting what might show up at Telluride. He just posted his first take on the season, along with his own accuracy rate. He keeps posting these as we get closer to the end of summer fest.
He does not have a read yet on Universal’s First Man. My first thought on that one was that it had to be going to Telluride. When asked, Patterson said he didn’t know whether or not Universal would feel confident launching it there, considering how it all played out last year. Was it hyped too soon? Too early? Hard to say. It seems like the way to go is to play Telluride, be universally liked – even loved – but not hyped. That is something that can’t be controlled, considering all of bloggers are the ones doing the hyping. So, Argo, Spotlight, Moonlight – these were low key frontrunners heading out of Telluride, not necessarily films that were thought of as unstoppable, as La La Land was.
Patterson has his sights set on these films:
Beautiful Boy – Chalamet and Carell in a father/son addiction story.
The Front Runner – Reitman’s movie about Gary Hart.
Burning – Lee Chang-dong’s Cannes critical fave
Sunset – Lazlo Nemes new movie.
The Old Man and the Gun – Robert Redford heist movie, based on a true story.
Cold War – Pawel Pawlikowski – black and white love story already a favorite of many who attended the fest.
Capernaum – Cannes Jury prize.
Peterloo – Mike Leigh’s new film.
The Other Side of the Wind – Orson Welles’ last movie.
If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins is part of the Telluride family – seems like a pretty sure bet.
What I think is that there will be a film directed by a woman going. That could be: Mary Queen of Scots. It could be On the Basis of Sex. Could be Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Of Michael’s list, the ones I think seem most likely would be: Beale Street, Cold War, Beautiful Boy. Head on over to Michael’s site to let him know what you think.