Telluride Film Fest 2019: Strong Slate of Movies–Highlights

The line-up for the 46th Telluride Film Festival, which takes place over Labor Day Weekend, has been announced.

Judy: Starring Renée Zellweger

The starry slate includes the world premiere of Judy, director Rupert Goold’s biopic about the final months of Judy Garland’s life with Renée Zellweger in the title role. “Maybe because Renée hasn’t done a huge number of things in the past few years, she’s saved up all of her tenderness, all of that vulnerability to bring to this role,” Telluride co-director Julie Huntsinger said.

Judy is just one of the highly anticipated world premieres during this year’s edition, which runs from Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2.

James Mangold’s real-life car racing drama Ford v Ferrari, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale is also on the bill.

Edward Norton will premiere his directorial debut Motherless Brooklyn, with a large and impressive ensemble that includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willam Dafoe, Bruce Willis, Bobby Canavale, Michale K. Williams and Cherry Jones.

“There’s nothing like this,” Huntsinger said of Norton’s work. “This is a directing tour de force, an acting tour de force.”

Adam Driver, who’s quickly becoming Hollywood’s most in-demand actor, receives double billing with showings of both Marriage Story and The Report. Like Zelleweger, the actor will also receive a tribute over the weekend.

Director brothers Josh and Benny Safdie will make their first trip to Telluride with Uncut Gems, a drama inspired by the siblings’ father’s work in New York City’s Diamond District. This personal movie stars Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Judd Hirsch, Eric Bogosian and Tony winner Idina Menzel.

The world premiere of Trey Edward Shults’ Waves, should generate Oscar buzz. The drama, with music scored by Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (“Social Network”), stars Sterling K. Brown, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges and Renee Elise Goldsberry.

Female filmmakers have a strong showing with Kelly Reichardt marking her first time at the festival with “First Cow.”

Additional highlights include “Portrait of Lady on Fire” from Céline Sciamma and Kitty Green’s feature directorial debut “The Assistant” with “Ozark’s” Julia Garner. Lauren Greenfield’s “The Kingmaker” is a look at the life of former first lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos.

“We will seek out and make sure that what is on offer represents as much of what is being created by women as possible,” Huntsinger said.

A tribute to the late Agnès Varda is set to include appearances by Rosalie Varda, Mathieu Demy and Martin Scorsese.