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Telluride Movie Pageant 2022 Highlights | Festivals & Awards

For me, essentially the most revealing conversations on the pageant’s lately wrapped and surprisingly austere 49th version didn’t unfold throughout a gondola trip in direction of the Chuck Jones theater, Telluride’s solely screening venue up at Mountain Village, or one of many varied dinners or events I used to be fortunate to attend, witnessing the likes of Chloé Zhao and Alejandro González Iñárritu misplaced in dialogue. As a substitute, they occurred nearly concurrently earlier than an early Labor Day screening of first-time-filmmaker Charlotte Wells’ haunting father-daughter reminiscence piece “Aftersun,” a splendid movie that lightly radiates echoes of Sofia Coppola’s “Someplace,” with Telluride common Barry Jenkins amongst its producers.

Behind me, a younger viewer of their 20s (refreshingly in abundance this yr at a pageant that tends to skew older) was enthusiastically praising Luca Guadagnino’s scorching standout “Bones and All,” starring Timothée Chalamet, “Waves” breakthrough Taylor Russell and Oscar-winner Mark Rylance as … properly … cannibals, to place it as glibly as attainable. “It was so insane and f*cked up,” they exuberantly mentioned, including in panic, “within the BEST attainable approach,” in order that their reward wouldn’t be misconstrued. I giggled as a result of I agreed: “Bones and All” is so insane and f*cked up in the very best approach, in its fearless exploration of on-the-fringes Reagan-era Individuals, starved and invisible to anybody apart from one another. Gritty, lush, sensual (that is Guadagnino in any case) and deeply cinematic, “Bones and All” is the type of movie you hope to find for those who’re going by way of the difficulty of touring 1000’s of miles to a movie pageant.

In the meantime in entrance of me, two viewers who have been, let’s say, roughly Telluride’s normal demographic have been praising Sam Mendes’ well-meaning, love-of-movies-themed “Empire of Gentle” as the perfect movie they’d seen on the pageant. I giggled as soon as once more, as a result of I disagreed about Mendes’ at-best-naïve try to dig into his recollections of the early ‘80s England, a formative time for him when it comes to music, tradition and cinema, as Mendes put it on the movie’s world premiere. He admitted that he’s by no means felt this weak standing in entrance of an viewers previous to the screening, along with his most private mission so far. He was so real that I truly felt a bit responsible for not loving, and even liking his movie higher. However then once more, if solely the coy “Empire of Gentle” didn’t mishandle themes like racism, psychological sickness, and nostalgia so toothlessly; if solely it didn’t have a misguided construction with a number of endings … 

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