Kate Winslet stars in 'Labor Day' – film gets mixed reviews at Telluride Festival
Kate Winslet stars in the movie 'Labor Day,' which recently screened at the Telluride Film festival but split audiences. Kate Winslet will also star in the upcoming film 'Divergent.'
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"We premiered J.C. Chandor's film 'Margin Call' at our festival in Utah," said Redford. "Then when he came to me in New York and said that he had written this piece with me in mind and there was no dialogue, the first thing that struck me and got me excited was that there was no dialogue.Skip to next paragraph
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"Of all the people we've supported over the years at Sundance, either in our labs or at our festival, I thought it was ironic that no one ever asked me to be in a film. J.C. was the first one who'd come through our process that asked me to be in a film." Having said that, Redford may need a bodyguard at the Sundance awards ceremony next January.
If tradition counts for anything, Redford – who's being strongly touted for a best actor nomination – and Chandor can take heart in remembering how well things went for the last almost entirely speech-free film to play Telluride. That would be "The Artist."
The Coen brothers, who will receive a Telluride tribute Saturday along with their usual music supervisor T Bone Burnett, also brought a Cannes favorite for a North American premiere Friday. At a Q&A following the first screening of "Inside Llewyn Davis," Ethan Coen, famous for being the quieter of the siblings, finally felt compelled to speak up when asked about the cat that darts in and out of much of the film's narrative.
Coen shook his head balefully for about 30 seconds before explaining: "Just... don't... work with a cat. We should have known better, because we'd done it before on 'The Ladykillers,' where we did a lot of stuff with cats.
"It's like we didn't learn our lesson... I think in some weird way, at a certain point we realized we were writing a movie with no plot where nothing happens, so we thought, 'Let's put a cat in it.'"
Reaction to the Coens' already-lauded look at an unlucky folksinger in 1961 was as positive as expected, although there was a bit of deflation for a few laugh-seeking passholders who quickly realized that "Llewyn" would be more along the sober lines of their "A Serious Man" than a period musical spoof like Christopher Guest's "A Mighty Wind."
The fictional folkie schlub who serves as the film's title character comes in for as much existential punishment as the God-addled protagonist of "Serious Man" did.
Telluride's opening night capped off with a near-midnight world premiere of "Under the Skin," a science-fiction fable helmed by Jonathan Glazer ("Sexy Beast") with Scarlett Johansson as an otherworldly serial killer of sorts, ensnaring unwitting men in the Scottish highlands for alien abductions.
Its somber tone and elliptical narrative won't exactly ensnare the average "Avengers" fan, and there was some bleary-eyed grumbling as the film let out close to 2 a.m., but the pic could get some traction with more demanding sci-fi cultists.