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More Oscars buzz from the Telluride Film Festival

September 1, 2008 | 12:04 pm

At the L.A. Times' entertainment news blog, John Horn reports on the Telluride Film Festival, fretting over "the near complete absence of American movies in this Colorado mountain hamlet may underscore a more worrisome trend: that some of the highest-quality movies are being made far from American soil. Among the best-received Telluride titles are 'I've Loved You So Long,' a French drama about estranged sisters starring Kristin Scott Thomas; and 'Gomorrah,' an Italian crime story set in the world of toxic waste disposal and garment manufacturing." READ MORE

Anne Thompson of gives a smart report on awards buzz surrounding pix at the Telluride Film Festival.


Meantime, she gives a tweak of the cheek to Jeff Wells of for reporting negative gossip about the 20-minute audience reax to "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" at Telluride Film Festival. She insists that it "played well in the Opera House with the folks who actually saw it . . . . No matter how the film turns out, the buzz on Brad Pitt — who was impressive in the Fincher clips of 'Seven' and 'Fight Club' — is getting louder. It could be his turn.

"Among the relative unknown pics with Oscar hopes on their sleeves are 'Flash of Genius,' a heart-tugging David-and-Goliath story starring Greg Kinnear in a moving performance as the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper who takes on Ford and loses everything in the process," Anne Thompson adds. "Mike Leigh's 'Happy-Go-Lucky' comes out of Telluride with some heat for actress Sally Hawkins, yet another relative British unknown like 'Vera Drake's' Imelda Staunton, who went on to win an Oscar nomination (along with Leigh for writer and director)."

Speaking of Cinematical, blogger Kim Voynar gives this report on the Telluride Film Festival: "I'm hearing strong positive buzz so far for 'I've Loved You So Long,' 'Hunger, Flame & Citron,' The Good, the Bad and the Weird' and 'Happy-Go-Lucky, all of which will play Toronto. Folks here are enamored of Sally Hawkins, who plays the lead in 'Happy-Go-Lucky'; sadly, she broke her collarbone while shooting a stunt for her latest film, and isn't here in Telluride, but she will be at Toronto."

IndieWire gives this report on the fest's panel discussion about film distribution and criticism, which included Anne Thompson, Paul Schrader, Jonathan Sehring, Annette Insdorf, Danny Boyle, Michael Barker and Scott Foundas.

(Photos: Sony Pictures Classics, Miramax)