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Telluride Film Festival Lineup 2022: Cate Blanchett Tribute and More

Festival director Julie Huntsinger addresses the post-Slap Oscar season and highlights of the program, which includes “Empire of Light,” “Bardo,” and “Bones and All.”

Cate Blanchett will receive a tribute for her performance in “Tár.” Ten actors, including Rooney Mara and Claire Foy, will fill the stage for the premiere of Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking.” Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu and Sam Mendes will salute the art of cinema with their new movies, “Bardo” and “Empire of Light,” while Robert Downey Jr. will emerge from his post-“Avengers” retreat to promote a new documentary about his late filmmaker father.

These are some of the potential highlights of the 49th Telluride Film Festival, which announced its lineup today with the usual blend of awards season hopefuls, festival favorites, and cinephile treats. The Labor Day weekend event returned to form last year after its 2020 cancellation by launching future Oscar winners “The Power of the Dog” and “Belfast,” and that success has injected renewed optimism in the festival’s impact.

“This year, there are some real ass-kicking films,” Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger told IndieWire during a recent interview. “I feel that this is a really challenging program in a good way.”

Blanchett is one of three tribute subjects at this year’s festival. Telluride will also host celebrations of “Women Talking” director Polley and film history essayist Mark Cousins, both of whom have been regulars at the festival over the years. Blanchett, however, will make her first Telluride pilgrimage straight from the film’s premiere in Venice, and will be joined by director Todd Field, who delivers his first feature since 2006’s “Little Children” with this character study that finds Blanchett playing the fictional classic music composer Lydia Tár. “Cate goes places with this film that you thought you knew, but then she passes them by miles,” Huntsinger said. “I’m just agog at her talent. Once you see it, your jaw is on the floor.”

Another first-timer at Telluride is filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, who will also arrive at the festival from Venice with his cannibal road trip drama “Bones and All.” While the movie reteams him with “Call Me by Your Name” breakout Timothée Chalamet, Huntsinger said that co-star Taylor Russell was the real discovery (though she was last celebrated at Telluride in Trey Shults’ “Waves”). “She’s a very smart, gifted actress with a range of emotion and intellect,” Huntsinger said. “It’s absolutely her movie.” She added that squeamish audiences shouldn’t be scared off by the material. “You quickly get over the revulsion of what they have to do to survive because you understand that it’s about something more than that,” Huntsinger said.

Women Talking

“Women Talking”


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