Robert Redford will be getting the royal treatment at this week’s Telluride Film Festival.
Redford will be a recipient of the festival’s prestigious Silver Medallion presentations at the festival, which marks its 40th year this Labor Day weekend in the Colorado ski town.
The presentation will include an onstage interview with Redford, a selection of clips from his long career, and a screening of his new movie, the one-man survival drama "All Is Lost" -- a movie that, according to industry buzz, will likely snag The Sundance Kid a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
Telluride awards three Silver Medallions each year, and a tribute event to go with each one. This year’s other recipients are Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, and a joint award to music producer T Bone Burnett and the filmmaking Coen Brothers (who collaborated on "O Brother Where Art Thou?" and the upcoming "Inside Llewyn Davis," which also will be screened at Telluride).
Redford’s inclusion at Telluride is doubly sweet because the Colorado event long has maintained a friendly Rocky Mountain rivalry with Redford’s Sundance Film Festival here in Utah.
Telluride organizers announced the festival line-up today. (Telluride traditionally keeps its slate a secret until just before the festival starts, and regulars know to trust the programmers to bring in great stuff.)
Among the expected highlights in the just-announced Telluride slate:
• This year’s Palme D’Or winner at Cannes, the lesbian drama "Blue Is the Warmest Color."
• Alfonso Cuaron’s space-disaster drama "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
• "The Invisible Woman," a tale of Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes, who directed) and the young woman who became his secret lover.
• Jason Reitman’s drama "Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
• Alexander Payne’s father-son drama "Nebraska," starring Will Forte and Bruce Dern, another hit at Cannes.
• The French/Iranian marital drama "The Past," starring Berenice Bejo ("The Artist") and directed by Asghar Farhadi ("A Separation").
• "Tim’s Vermeer," a documentary directed by Teller (the quieter half of the magician duo Penn & Teller) about an inventor trying to understand the painting techniques of the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
• "The Unknown Known," a documentary in which Errol Morris sets former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld under the Interrotron.
• A revival of Werner Herzog’s 1972 classic "Aguirre: The Wrath of God," along with a new Herzog documentary, "Death Row," and the opening of the new Werner Herzog Theatre.
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