The Telluride Film Festival has just wrapped after a highly successful four days that left audiences wanting more. The festival, whose line-up is famously kept secret each year until the event, featured a laundry list of Oscar buzz-worthy movies including “The Black Swan” and “127 Hours.”
The two features were the surprise “sneak preview” movies of the ski town’s annual film festival that had previously announced 24 feature films, 13 documentaries, 25 short films, and 6 revivals in its main program.
“127 Hours” was a fitting premiere locale for a number of reasons. Director Danny Boyle is no stranger to the Telluride festival scene as the “Slumdog Millionaire” helmer used the same Colorado venue to premiere his would-be Oscar winner just two short years ago. Now with “127 Hours,” starring James Franco as Aron Ralston in the big-screen adaptation of the trapped climber that amputated his own arm to survive, Boyle is hoping for history to repeat itself amid one of the country’s premier cities for outdoor activity.
As for “127 Hours” Oscar chances? This writer wasn’t so fortunate to check out a screening, but Deadline Hollywood‘s Pete Hammond was one of the lucky viewers and had this to say:
“It’s a tour-de-force for Franco, virtually never off screen in the same way Spencer Tracy triumphed in the similarly spare ‘The Old Man and the Sea,’ ” said Hammond (Deadline Hollywood). “Franco’s performance could put him in contention for a best actor Oscar nod just as Tracy’s did over 50 years ago. It should be noted that Franco’s ‘farewell to arm’ scene is graphic and not for the squeamish.”