Telluride At Dartmouth Film Festival Runs September 24-30

Oscar buzz and other accolades are beginning to attach to several of this year’s Telluride at Dartmouth selections—a series of six films direct from the world-famous Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, shown at Dartmouth well before their national release.

Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as George VI and Helena Bonham Carter as his wife Elizabeth, is one of six films showing during the film festival Telluride at Dartmouth 2010. (photo courtesy The Weinstein Co.)

The King’s Speech, which opens the Dartmouth series on Friday, September 24, is garnering the most compliments: even in the “so rich and remarkably varied” Telluride line-up, the film is the “hands-down standout,” The Wall Street Journal says, and the influential film blog For Your Consideration named it as a sure bet for nominations in numerous Academy Award categories, including Best Picture and Best Actor for star Colin Firth.

The UK’s News of the World calls Tamara Drewe—to be shown Saturday, September 25—“not just a laugh, it’s a ruddy SCREAM.” The entertainment blog HitFix writes that Never Let Me Go, which will be shown Sunday, September 26, “is a marvel of economy in storytelling, spare and solemn and heartbreaking, and [Mark] Romanek has brought the film to luminous life ... Carey Mulligan is rapidly becoming one of the can't-ignore actresses of the moment.”

Other selections are The Illusionist, on Tuesday, September 28, a new animated feature by the creator of The Triplets of Belleville; Oka! Amerikee, on Wednesday, September 29, a heartrending story set among the pygmies of Central African Republic; and The Princess of Montpensier, on Thursday, September 30, director Bertrand Tavernier’s (’Round Midnight) adaptation of a novel by 17th-century French writer Comtesse Marie-Madeleine de la Fayette.

This is the 25th year the Hop has shown selections from the 37-year-old festival, a connection made thanks to Hopkins Center Film Director Bill Pence, who co-founded the Colorado festival. The Hop celebrates this anniversary with a move from 200-seat Loew Auditorium to 900-seat Spaulding Auditorium, which boasts a 32-foot-wide screen and new state-of-the-art digital projection and stereo surround sound.

The roomier venue and streamlined purchasing will enable a much larger audience to see, months before their general release, films that often end up on “year’s best” lists. Audience members may buy single tickets for $12 each or a Telluride Pass, for all six shows, for $60, by calling (603) 646-2422, online, or at the Hopkins Center box office. Each film is shown at 4 and 7 p.m.