The folks behind the Telluride Film Festival maintain such a thick veil of secrecy about their programming that you'd think they were hoarding nuclear secrets. But they wouldn't sell out their ticket passes far in advance each year if the programming wasn't consistently of high quality. And truth to tell -- it adds to the mystique and appeal of the festival, held in a little mountain town in Colorado. Telluride starts today and our own Kim Voynar is on the scene, ready to review, report and mingle with the stars.

Now that the festival has started, the lineup has been revealed. As you'd expect, it's a good one, presenting 33 features along with more than a dozen revivals and restoration programs, a healthy selection of shorts, panel discussions and conversations with filmmakers. The features are a mix of titles that made a splash at Cannes or are about to screen in Venice or Toronto.

The newest films include Sean Penn's Into the Wild (man vs. nature), Todd Haynes' I'm Not There (Dylan vs. Dylan), Noah Baumbach's Margot at the Wedding (sister vs. sister), David Nicholl's When Did You Last See Your Father? (father vs. son), Alison Eastwood's Rails and Ties (family vs. family), Wayne Wang's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (father vs. daughter) and Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters (Nazis vs. German criminals). New documentaries include Kevin Macdonald's My Enemy's Enemy (Klaus Barbie), Matthew Sussman's Who is Norman Lloyd? (the actor and filmmaker), Mark Kidel's Journey With Peter Sellars ( the stage director) and Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World (Antarctica).

For more information on the program, including the selections that played earlier at Cannes, Sheigh Crabtree in the Los Angeles Timeshas a good story on the complete lineup. The festival runs through Monday, September 3.
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