Guillermo del Toro is heading to Colorado…
The 52-year-old Mexican filmmaker is among the directors taking the films to the Telluride Film Festival this year.
The festival, which always holds its cards close to the vest until the eve of the annual Rocky Mountain movie event — and which has become a strong bellwether for Oscar season with several Best Picture winners first showing there at the official launch of awards season — looks to have several major contenders in the lineup just released this morning.
del Toro will be bringing his latest film The Shape of Water to the film, after premiering the film to glowing reviews at the Venice Film Festival.
The filmmaker’s lyrical period fairy tale, starring Sally Hawkins, marks a return to Pan’s Labyrinth territory for the filmmaker.
It also stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins.
There will be plenty of foreign-language Oscar hopefuls on display including Chile’s transgender drama Fantastic Woman, directed by Sebastián Lelio.
The 43-year-old Argentinian-born Chilean filmmaker’s film stars Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes and Luis Gnecco.
The film centers on Marina as a young transgender waitress and aspiring singer. Reyes stars as Orlando, 20 years older than her, is the owner of a printing press. Marina and Orlando are in love and they both plan a future together. After Orlando dies suddenly, Marina sees herself forced to confront Orlando´s family and fight again to show everyone what she is: a complex, strong, honest and fantastic woman.
Here’s the complete lineup below:
- ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER (d. Rebecca Miller, U.S., 2017)
- BATTLE OF THE SEXES (d. Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, U.S., 2017)
- DARKEST HOUR (d. Joe Wright, U.K., 2017)
- DOWNSIZING (d. Alexander Payne, U.S., 2017)
- EATING ANIMALS (d. Christopher Quinn, U.S., 2017)
- FACES PLACES (d. Agnes Varda, JR, France, 2017)
- A FANTASTIC WOMAN (d. Sebastián Lelio, Chile-U.S.-Germany-Spain, 2017)
- FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (d. Paul McGuigan, U.K., 2017)
- FIRST REFORMED (d. Paul Schrader, U.S., 2017)
- FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER (d. Angelina Jolie, U.S.-Cambodia, 2017)
- FOXTROT (d. Samuel Maoz, Israel, 2017)
- HOSTAGES (d. Rezo Gigineishvili, Georgia-Russia-Poland, 2017)
- HOSTILES (d. Scott Cooper, U.S., 2017)
- HUMAN FLOW (d. Ai Weiwei, U.S.-Germany, 2017)
- THE INSULT (d. Ziad Doueiri, France-Lebanon, 2017)
- LADY BIRD (d. Greta Gerwig, U.S., 2017)
- LAND OF THE FREE (d. Camilla Magid, Denmark-Finland, 2017)
- LEAN ON PETE (d. Andrew Haigh, U.K.-U.S., 2017)
- LOVELESS (d. Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia-France-Belgium-Germany, 2017)
- LOVE, CECIL (d. Lisa Immordino Vreeland, U.S., 2017)
- LOVING VINCENT (d. Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, U.K.-Poland, 2017)
- A MAN OF INTEGRITY (d. Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran, 2017)
- THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (d. Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 2017)
- THE RIDER (d. Chloé Zhao, U.S., 2017)
- THE SHAPE OF WATER (d. Guillermo del Toro, U.S., 2017)
- TESNOTA (d. Kantemir Balagov, Russia, 2017)
- THE VENERABLE W. (d. Barbet Schroeder, France-Switzerland, 2017)
- THE VIETNAM WAR (d. Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, U.S., 2017)
- WORMWOOD (d. Errol Morris, U.S., 2017)
- WONDERSTRUCK (d. Todd Haynes, U.S., 2017)
Two documentary shorts, HEROIN(E) (d. Elaine McMillion Sheldon, U.S., 2017) and LONG SHOT (d. Jacob LaMendola, U.S., 2017) will also play together in the main program.