Telluride Film Festival presents FREE cinematic weekend at Library and Palm

Telluride Film Festival presents FREE cinematic weekend at Library and Palm

Howie It has never been about blockbusters or crowd-pleasers, although films such as this year’s “Slum Dog Millionaire” may turn out to be both.

The Telluride Film Festival has always been about quality not brand names and Hollywood endings – although at times both appear on the screen.

The art of filmmaking, the TFF’s core value, is what drives their programming not just over Festival weekend, but throughout the year. Case in point is this weekend’s program: “A FREE Cinematic Weekend with Howie Movshovitz of NPR.”

In Telluride, recyling is synonymous with “put it in a special container, not the trash bin.” The weekend kicks off Saturday evening with a different spin on finding new life for flotsam and jetsam of our lives.

Agnes Varda’s “The Gleaners and I,” (2000), is an intimate portrait of France’s recyclers who hunt for food, bric-a-brac – and personal connection. As it turns out, Varda, “The Mother of French New Wave,” is a gleaner herself.

Varda’s film is being shown in the program room of the Wilkinson Public Library on Saturday, January 17, 6 p.m. A lively discussion, heavy appetizers and chocolate are included in the evening.

The leitmotif of the Movshovitz’s weekend is French New Wave cinema. Francois Truffaut’s “400 Blows,” (1959), is another classic example of the genre.

The semi-autobiographical plot line tells the story of an ordinary adolescent in Paris, taught by his parents and teachers to be a troublemaker.

Program time on Sunday at the Palm is 4 p.m.

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