Telluride Film Festival 2017 Puts ‘Hostiles,’ ‘Darkest Hour’ On the Map

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Prestigious yet defiantly low-key, Telluride Film Festival 2017 took place this Labor Day weekend Sept. 1–4. The Telluride, Colorado festival consistently gathers film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and critics—and is increasingly seen as a launching pad for the film industry’s largest awards.
Over the star-studded weekend 60 films were screened, with programs and festivities overseen by this year’s guest director, Joel Oppenheimer. With a notoriously secretive schedule—official selections were announced the day before the festival—Telluride made good on its well-established reputation for premiering the year’s most talked-about films. Last year, it staged the premieres of Academy Award winners “Moonlight” & “La La Land,” and eight of the last nine Best Picture Oscar winners have screened there, five of them world premieres. Expectations for this year’s outing were understandably high.
The 44th annual ceremony did not disappoint. People are already talking about Oscar possibilities for Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s World War II drama “The Darkest Hour,” and for Christian

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