Telluride Unveils Lineup of Films to “Fight About”

a bumper crop of documentaries are on the agenda at the 49th edition of the

Telluride Film Festival, which kicks off Friday in the Rockies and runs through Monday.

The intimate Colorado event serves as the unofficial stateside kickoff of awards season,

but Telluride may be most notable this year for the arguments its movies start, says festival director Julie Huntsinger.

The lineup is particularly heavy on documentaries this year, including Bryan

Fogel’s follow up to his 2017 Oscar winning Icarus, Icarus: The Aftermath, which

catches up with whistleblowing Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov; Steve James’s

A Compassionate Spy, about a Manhattan Project scientist; Ryan White’s Good Night,

Oppy, about the Mars rover that outlived expectations; Matt Tyrnauer’s

The End of the World, about Bennington College in the 1980s; and

Eva Weber’s Merkel, about German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Herzog has been coming to Telluride nearly every year since 1975,

and one of its premier theaters, which is also a hockey rink, is named in his honor.

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