The 49th Telluride Film Festival
The US film industry will be flocking to this Colorado cinephile retreat this weekend, where once again nonfiction makes up well over 60% of its new feature presentations.
Among the offerings:
BOBI WINE, GHETTO PRESIDENT
Director: Christopher Sharp and Moses Bwayo
When the charismatic Bobi Wine, a musician and member of parliament, announces his campaign for president, Uganda’s youth are ecstatic… but then comes the crackdown.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Director: Dror Moreh
A deep dive into the three decades of American foreign policy since the fall of the Berlin Wall, a period of almost constant war and mass killing.
THE END OF THE WORLD
Director: Matthew Tyrnauer
An exploration of the not-so-secret history of Bennington College in the 1980s, a small liberal arts school that nurtured a shocking amount of genius.
GOOD NIGHT OPPY
Director: Ryan White
A team from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory create, launch, and guide Opportunity, a dazzlingly innovative and surprisingly personable Mars robotic explorer on an unprecedented 15-year adventure.
ICARUS: THE AFTERMATH
Director: Bryan Fogel
This sequel to ICARUS follows Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov over three years, continuously moving residences, protected by his heard-but-never-seen security detail, to escape the threat of death by Vladimir Putin’s decree.
Director: Eva Weber
Archival material and revealing interviews with Merkel’s friends and colleagues create a rich portrait of the enigmatic world leader.
Director: Matthew Heineman
The story of the last months of the 20-year war in Afghanistan through the intimate relationship between American Green Berets and the Afghan officers they trained.
RUSSIA [1985-1999] TRAUMAZONE
Director: Adam Curtis
An archive-driven narrative of societal collapse, political opportunism, corruption and identity crisis in the USSR’s final hour.
Director: Melissa Lesh and Trevor Beck Frost
A British war vet crippled by depression and PTSD attempts to find healing by raising an orphaned baby ocelot to maturity deep in the Peruvian jungle.
THE PADILLA AFFAIR
Director: Pavel Giroud
An explosive time capsule dissecting a moment of political pressure and betrayal, when a beloved Cuban poet publicly renounced his own writing as a betrayal of the Revolution.
THEATER OF THOUGHT
Director: Werner Herzog
A road trip exploring the mysteries of how our minds function.
WERNER HERZOG: RADICAL DREAMER
Director: Thomas von Steinaecker
A comprehensive portrait of an artist who has shaped the way we see the world and ourselves.