So, here we are at Day 3 of the Telluride Film Festival, and surprisingly, the hottest buzz of the fest seems to be all about Juno, which sneak-previewed to a sold-out house yesterday and is playing TBA screenings tonight and tomorrow. Tonight's screening at The Nugget, which holds only 186 fest-goers, was sold out as well -- I heard from folks who were in line that there were some 150 Patrons in line for the screening, which included a Q&A with director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody, and that pretty much everyone else was out of luck. The folks I talked to on the gondola waited in line for three hours (!) only to get turned away. Fortunately, they were given queue cards for tomorrow's screening, which will be at a bigger venue (and which likely will also be packed).
Other films I'm hearing good buzz about include The Counterfeiters(loved it, and will be reviewing it maybe later tonight if I'm not too wiped after my last screening) and Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn, who is here in Telluride and participated in two panels. The filmmaker, who has a reputation for being a bit surly, must really love the mountain air (or perhaps his mood is up because his film is getting raves), because at both panels he was warm, inviting, funny and penetratingly intelligent. Today's panel was about Into the Wild and as well as Penn, included Jon Krakauer, the author of the book on which the film is based, and director Werner Herzog, whose film Encounters at the End of the World is also playing the fest. Into the Wild is based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who, after graduating from college, gave all his worldly possessions and money to charity and went to live in the Alaskan wilderness. I'm hoping to catch this film at a TBA tomorrow.