Telluride Film Fest 2007: Full Program

August 30, 2007–Though usually veiled in secrecy up until the first day of the festival, the program of the 34th edition of the prestigious Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, will include:

SECRET SUNSHINE, Lee Chang-dong's drama stars Jeon Do-yeon, winner of the Best Actress prize at Cannes, as a young woman trying to adjust to a new life with her young son amidst tragedy.

WHO IS NORMAN LLOYD, Matthew Sussman's biography tracing actor/director Norman Lloyd's 70 years as an entertainer.

RAILS AND TIES, Alison Eastwood's directorial debut, stars Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden in a story about two families in physical, emotional and psychological collision.

Julian Schnabel's THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY turns Ronald Harwood's adaptation of ELLE France's editor, Jean-Dominique Bauby's best-selling memoir into a celebration of his hero's two remaining assets: imagination and memory. The film, which won Schnabel the best director prize at Cannes, stars Mathieu Amalric, Marie Jose Croze, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Consigny and Max von Sydow.

Winner of Cannes' Palme d'Or, writer-director Cristian Mungiu's film, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, set in the final year of Ceausescu's dictatorship in Romania, depicts the horrors of the Securitate and the brutality of its methods used. Starring Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu.

In Eran Kolirin's THE BAND'S VISIT, the Alexandrian Police Orchestra, comprised of eight or nine slightly bewildered Egyptian policeman, head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in a foreign city. Starring Ronit Elkabetz, three-time winner of the Israeli “Oscar.”

A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS, Wayne Wang's adaptation of stories by young writer Yiyun Li, explores the cultural differences between China and America while a father (Henry O) travels to Spokane to visit his daughter.

Stefan Ruzowitzky's (THE INHERITORS, TFF 1998) THE COUNTERFEITERS is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history set up by the Nazis in 1936.

PERSEPOLIS, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parronaud's adaptation of Satrapi's graphic novel by the same name, is a gripping, bittersweet and surprisingly funny female coming-of-age tale. Catherine Deneuve, Sean Penn, Gena Rowlands and Iggy Pop provide voice support.

WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER, David Nicholl's adaptation of poet-novelist Blake Morrison's memoir directed by Anand Tucker (HILARY AND JACKIE, SHOPGIRL), tells the story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father. Starring Colin Firth and Jim Broadbent.

I'M NOT THERE, Todd Haynes's (FAR FROM HEAVEN) essay-poem on the life of Bob Dylan, where seven characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work, features an all-star cast including Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Ben Wishaw, Marcus Carl Franklin, Heath Ledger, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

In TERROR'S ADVOCATE, Telluride veteran Barbet Schroeder (OUR LADY OF THE ASSASSINS, TFF 2000; REVERSAL OF FURTUNE, TFF 1990; IDI AMIN DADA, TFF 1974) documents the story of the controversial French lawyer Jacques Vergs, a former Free French Forces guerrilla who defended unpopular figures such as Carlos the Jackal and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.

INTO THE WILD, writer-director Sean Penn's adaptation of Jon Krakauer's nonfiction tale of Chris McCandless's (Emile Hirsch) solo journey into Alaska's most remote wilderness.

JAR CITY, adapted from one of Arnaldur Indridason's best selling detective-novel series by writer-director Baltasar Kormkur, is a police thriller set in contemporary Iceland starring Ingvar Sigurdsson.

JELLYFISH, co-directed by popular Israeli novelist Etgar Keret and his wife, screenwriter Shira Geffen, who won Cannes' Camera d'Or for their film, follows three women through their lives in Tel Aviv. Stars Sarah Adler, Ma-nenita De Latorre and Noa Knoller.

In writer-director Li Yang's BLIND MOUNTAIN, the promise of a decent paying job lures a woman to a desolate farming village in Northern China only to find out she's essentially been sold in to slavery.

BRICK LANE, Sarah Gavron's adaptation of Monica Ali's controversial Booker Prize-winning novel, follows Nazneen (Satish Kaushik) from her impoverished life in Bangladesh to post-9/11 London, where she struggles to make sense of her life.

Oscar-winning Kevin Macdonald returns to Telluride (LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, TFF 2006; TOUCHING THE VOID, TFF 2003; FOUR DAYS IN SEPTEMBER, TFF 2000) with MY ENEMY'S ENEMY, a documentary that tracks Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, a.k.a. the Butcher of Lyon.

CARGO 200, Aleksei Balabanov's (THE WAR, TFF 2002) controversial film set in 1984 ravaged industrialized Russia offers a detailed portrait of the Soviet Union in its death throes.

MARGOT AT THE WEDDING, from writer-director Noah Baumbach, tells the story of Margot (Nicole Kidman), who tries to stop the wedding of her sister Pauline (1993 TFF Tributee Jennifer Jason Leigh) to the less-than-impressive Malcolm (Jack Black). Ciarn Hinds and John Turturro round out the ensemble cast.

In ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, Werner Herzog explores the vast empty splendor of Antarctica and, along with the physicists, biologists and volcanologists he interviews, tries to extract meaning from this desolate place.

WIND MAN, Khuat Akhmetov's striking second feature centers around a struggling town in post-Soviet Kazakhstan visited by a mysterious, aging, sickly man with wings and the gift of flight.

In JOURNEY WITH PETER SELLARS, Mark Kidel travels the globe with Sellars (TFF Guest Director, 1999) to reveal the inner life of a true visionary.

STEEP!, writer-director Mark Obenhaus's extreme skiing documentary features ski legends Stefano de Benedetti, Glen Plake, Doug Coombs and Seth Morrison.