Just a day after Variety film critic Todd McCarthy dropkicked it into the ether with a nasty first review, John Hillcoat’s much-anticipated Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Road was added to the lineup for the 36th Telluride Film Festival. That should make for some interesting (and potentially reactionary) responses from critics in the Colorado mountain paradise. The Road is joined in Telluride by an assortment of Cannes and Sundance winners, as well as a few other new entries. Among the likely to be talked about are Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet, Lone Sherfig’s Sundance darling An Education, Michael Haneke’s big Cannes winner The White Ribbon and Werner Herzog’s Nic Cage-led sequel Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.
As it does every year, Telluride will also feature a series of surprise screenings as the week goes on. Director Edgar Wright has already hilariously addressed rumors about a Scott Pilgrim vs. The World screening via Twitter — that’s not happening. Last year, David Fincher showed up to show off an unfinished version of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button several months in advance. As well, films such as Juno and The Last King of Scotland have also started their Oscar campaigns in the Colorado Rockies in recent years. So needless to say, Telluride is one fall festival worth keeping an eye on. Which is what we’ll be doing, from the comfort of our own homes. But as we do so very well, we’ll keep an eye on the buzz for you.
For a complete listing of the films playing Telluride, check out the update from IndieWire.