Telluride Film Fest #47: What/How To Watch!

On September 4, 2020 the Telluride Film Festival reluctantly cried “Uncle,” albeit eloquently, stating what was obviously to its many fans around the world: in the Age of Corona:

“We should be anxious and excited, hurrying around town. Some of you still puzzling over the line up; others furiously peddling bikes to get to a location for last looks and fixes. .. bigSharing thoughts on the gondola. The endless delights of Labor Day at the SHOW. And yet…

“We believe we know much of what works with our festival and chief among the secret sauce ingredients is the being together part. This is also the impossible part for now. So we’re spread out across the globe. We hope you got a chance to check out the list of films we’ve selected and that you’ll be able to see them somewhere, soon.”

Soon is now.

The following note from Film Fest details how to watch the directors’ – Julie Huntsinger and Tom Luddy – picks for 2020. A Xmas present to the big wide wonderful world of cinephiles.

As the decade that was 2020 comes to a close, we want to tell you again how much we miss you and update you about where you can find the terrific films we selected in the Long Ago Times of Summer.

You’ll find information on each of them below – we hope that you will make the effort to seek them out. There is so much greatness for you to discover!

The Bee Gees doc on HBO? Pete Souza and his incredible works as depicted by Dawn Porter? Saoirse and Kate – so gloriously working alongside Francis Lee? A Greek Charlie Chaplin … Stacey Abrams! Chloé Zhao! True urban cowboys … Werner! Gianfranco Rosi!! Olivia Colman –  we could go on, but hope that you will. There is beauty and poetry out there, be reassured.

And to that end we feel extremely hopeful about getting together in 2021 and are hard at work already.

We can’t wait to hug you.

Not to jinx anything…

Happy holidays and VERY best wishes for you and your families in the coming new year. Thank you for being a committed part of this incredibly special community.

47th Telluride Film Festival 2020, THE SHOW:

AFTER LOVE
(dir. Aleem Khan, UK, 89 min)

How to watch: Les Arcs Film Festival December 12-19, theatrical release planned for the first half of 2021, visit The Bureau Films for a  synopsis and updates.

ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY
(dir. Liz Garbus, Lisa Cortés, USA, 102 min)

How to watch: On Amazon Prime Video now.

THE ALPINIST
(dir. Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, USA, 92 min)

How to watch: Upcoming 2021 release is planned by Red Bull and Universal Pictures Content Group. Visit thealpinistfilm.com and register for updates.

AMMONITE
(dir. Francis Lee, UK, 117 min)

How to watch: In theaters now and available to rent on PVOD platforms, including Apple TV / iTunes. The film will be made available to purchase on January 12th. For more information on where to watch, ammonite-movie.com.

ANDREY TARKOVSKY. A CINEMA PRAYER
(dir. Andrey A. Tarkovsky, Italy-Russian Federation-Sweden, 97 min)

How to watch: Visit syndicado.com and https://www.facebook.com/Syndicado/ for updates.

APPLES
(dir. Christos Nikou, Greece-Poland-Slovenia, 90 min)

How to watch: Les Arcs Film Festival December 12-19, AFI European Union Film Showcase December 12-20. The film is Greece’s official entry in the International Feature Film Category for the 2021 Academy Awards.

THE AUTOMAT
(dir. Lisa Hurwitz, USA, 79 min)

How to watch: Release planned for 2021, visit www.facebook.com/THEAUTOMATthemovie for updates.

THE BEE GEES: HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART
(dir. Frank Marshall, USA, 111 min)

How to watch: On HBO now.

CHARLATAN
(dir. Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic-Ireland-Poland-Slovakia, 118 min)

How to watch: AFI European Union Film Showcase December 5-20. Visit Strand Releasing for updates. The film is the Czech Republic’s Official Entry in the International Feature Film Category for the 2021 Academy Awards.

CONCRETE COWBOY
(dir. Ricky Staub, USA, 111 min)

How to watch: Available on Netflix, Spring 2021.

THE FATHER
(dir. Florian Zeller, UK-France, 97 min)

How to watch: In theaters February 26, 2021. Visit TheFatherMovie.com for updates.

FIREBALL: VISITORS FROM DARKER WORLDS
(dir. Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer, UK-USA, 97 min)

How to watch: Apple TV+

THE HUMAN FACTOR
(2019, dir. Dror Moreh, UK-Israel, 108 min)

How to watch: In theaters January 22, 2021. Visit TheHumanFactorMovie.com for updates.

IBRAHIM
(dir. Samir Guesmi, France, 84 min)

How to watch: French theatrical release planned for February 3, 2021. Visit Le Pacte Films for updates.

MAINSTREAM
(dir. Gia Coppola, USA, 94 min)

How to watch: Visit @mainstream2020 and @automatikent on Instagram for updates.

MANDIBULES
(dir. Quentin Dupieux, France, 77 min)

How to watch: U.S. release planned for May 2021. Visit Memento Films and Magnolia Pictures for updates.

MLK/FBI
(dir. Sam Pollard, USA, 104 min)

How to watch: In theaters and on demand through IFC Films on January 15, 2021

A still from 4 Feet High by María Belén Poncio and Rosario Perazolo Masjoan, an official selection of the Indie Series Program at the 2021. Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Natalia Roca.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD
(dir. Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri, Sweden, 93 min)

How to watch: Sundance Film Festival January 29, 2021. Release planned for 2021, visit themostbeautifulboy.com for updates.

NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN
(dir. Małgorzata Szumowska, co-dir. Michał Englert, Poland-Germany, 113 min)

How to watch: Theatrical release planned for Spring 2021 followed by VOD and Bluray releases, visit Kino Lorber for updates. The film is Poland’s Official Entry in the International Feature Film Category for the 2021 Academy Awards.

NOMADLAND
(dir. Chloé Zhao, USA, 108 min)

How to watch: In theaters February 19, 2021.

(dir. Gianfranco Rosi, Italy-France-Germany, 100 min)

How to watch: Release planned for some time in 2021. The film is Italy’s official entry in the International Feature Film Category for the 2021 Academy Awards.

PRAY AWAY
(dir. Kristine Stolakis, USA, 101 min)

How to watch: Visit prayawayfilm.com for updates.

THERE IS NO EVIL
(dir. Mohammad Rasoulof, Germany-Iran, 152 min)

How to watch: Theatrical release planned for Spring 2021 followed by VOD and Bluray releases, visit Kino Lorber for updates.

TO THE MOON
(dir. Tadhg O’Sullivan, Ireland, 76 min)

How to watch: Dublin International Film Festival March 3-14, 2021, CPH: DOX March 17-28, 2021. Visit Deckert Distribution and www.facebook.com/tothemoonfilm.2020 twitter: @tothemoon_film instagram: @tothemoon_film for updates.

THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS
(dir. Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw, Italy-USA-Greece, 84 min)

How to watch: In theaters March 5, 2021. Visit TheTruffleHuntersMovie.com for updates.

TRUMAN & TENNESSEE: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION
(dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland, USA, 81 min)

How to watch: Visit @trumanandtennese on Instagram for updates.

THE WAY I SEE IT
(dir. Dawn Porter, USA, 100 min)

How to watch: on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Fandango Now, GooglePlay, Peacock, VUDU Movies & TV.

Long Shorts:

THE LETTER ROOM
(dir. Elvira Lind, USA, 32 min)
How to watch: Coming soon to topic.com

LINDA AND THE MOCKINGBIRDS
(dir. James Keach, USA, 40 min)
How to watch: Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay, Fandango Now

PAWS IN PRISON
(dir. Bill Guttentag, USA, 31 min)
How to watch: CBS

THE TOXIC PIGS OF FUKUSHIMA
(dir. Otto Bell, Japan-USA, 35 min)
How to watch: the film will be available in the Academy Screening Room
for Documentary Branch Academy Members online.

WHEN WE WERE BULLIES
(dir. Jay Rosenblatt, USA, 36 min)
How to watch: visit jayrosenblattfilms.com for updates.

Student Prints:

“The Student Prints program is always exciting and surprising, discovering the fresh new voices in cinema today,” said Academy Award-nominated writer, director, producer Gregory Nava. “This year’s program features diverse filmmakers from around the globe. From the heartbreaking story of a Venezuelan refugee, to a surreal trip by Australian schoolgirls at a shopping mall, to the harrowing story of two young indigenous sisters escaping violence in Colombia, to a delightful comedy of a chubby, shy, nerd seeking some kind of human connection in modern-day Denmark, these films are dramatic, humorous, poignant and moving, showing that the future of cinema is in good hands.”

BORDER
(dir. Shu Zhu, Ino Yang Popper, AFI, USA, 4 min)
How to watch: stream at inoyangpopper.com

FOREVER
(dir. Mitch McGlocklin, USC, USA, 7 min)
How to watch: visit mitch.cool for film updates

METAMORPHOSIS
(dir. Xi Wang, USC, USA, 4 min)
How to watch: visit jakexwang.com for film updates

PEEPS
(dir. Sophie Somerville, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia, 17 min)
How to watch: screen at sophiesomerville.com/peeps

SILENTO
(dir. Esteban García Vernaza, Columbia University, Colombia, 11 min)

SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN
(dir. Fany de la Chica, Columbia University, Spain, 13 min)
How to watch: screen on vimeo

UNDER THE HEAVENS (SEIVA BRUTA)
(dir. Gustavo Milan, NYU, Brazil, 17 min)
How to watch: screen at nanuchafilms.com

VIKTOR ON THE MOON
(dir. Christian Arhoff, National Film School of Denmark, Denmark, 28 min)

Great Expectations:

DA YIE
(dir. Anthony Nti, Belgium-Ghana, 20 min)
How to watch: screen online Vimeo

GRAMERCY
(dir. Jamil McGinnis, Pat Heywood, USA, 23 min)

UNFORGIVABLE
(dir. Marlén Viñayo, El Salvador, 36 min)

Calling Cards:

BENJAMIN, BENNY, BEN
(dir. Paul Shkordoff, Canada, 7 min)

BITTU
(dir. Karishma Dev Dube, India-USA, 17 min)
How to watch: Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (Sept. 16-27),
visit https://www.facebook.com/bittushortfilm/ for film updates

COMMUNITY GARDENS
(dir. Vytautas Katkus, Lithuania, 15 min)
How to watch: La Guarimba Film Festival (Aug. 7-12),
Minikino Film Week (Sept. 4-12), visit Lights On for film updates

DAVID
(dir. Zachary Woods, USA, 11 min)

I, JULIA
(dir. Arvin Kananian, Sweden, 14 min)

LEAVE OF ABSENCE
(dir. Anton Sazonov, Russian Federation, 12 min)
How to watch: visit antonsazonov.com for film updates

THE LOST ASTRONAUT
(dir. Ben Proudfoot, USA, 13 min)
How to watch: screen at The New York Times

“Despite the fog of madness that’s pervaded the lives of everyone inhabiting this spinning rock we call home, this year’s Filmmakers of Tomorrow program is proof positive that both life and The Show will indeed go on,” said Academy Award-winning writer, director, producer Barry Jenkins. “Spanning numerous continents and forms and stylings, the group of shorts submitted to this year’s festival was just as fine as ever and, to my delight, incredibly representative of the madness swirling in this most radical of times. As we move forward from the ashes of upheaval with a renewed focus on the shared experiences that unite us, this fantastic group of shorts illustrates that the ‘empathy machine of cinema’ is alive and well.”

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