Telluride Film Festival unveils lineup last minute

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The Telluride Film Festival unveiled its lineup Thursday in its traditional way - announcing the schedule 24 hours prior to the event, September 3-6, in Colorado. The festival plays a selection of upcoming A-list films on the film fest circuit.

Among the 24 feature films in the main program, new works by Martin Scorsese, Mike Leigh, Olivier Assayas, Werner Herzog, and Ken Burns will be screened.

Director Peter Weir, actor Colin Firth and legendary Italian actress Claudia Cardinale are this year's Medallion Award recipients. Weir's war drama The Way Back will be shown in the program.

In addition to Scorsese's A Letter to Elia about director Elia Kazan, co-directed by Kent Jones, the 13 documentary titles include Errol Morris' Tabloid, Werner Herzog's Happy People: A Year in the Taiga and Charles Ferguson's documentary Inside Job.

As is customary for the festival, there are bound to be surprises. Some suggest that Danny Boyle's 127 Hours starring James Franco may be screened since the Slumdog Millionaire director is reportedly in town to present a screening of his 2004 film Millions.

Highlights of the feature films include:
. Another Year, director: Mike Leigh, UK
. Biutiful starring Javier Bardem, director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mexico
. Carlos, the 11-hour biopic , director: Olivier Assayas, France
. Never Let Me Go starring Carey Mulligan, Kiera Knightley and Andrew Garfield, director: Mark Romanek
. The Illusionist, animated film, director: Sylvain Chomet, France
. The King's Speech, director: Tom Hooper, UK
. Tamara Drewe starring Gemma Arterton, director: Stephen Frears, UK
. The Way Back starring Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan, director: Peter Weir
. Incendies, director: Denis Villeneuve, Canada

Guest director is Michael Ondaatje will program a series of favorite films. There will also be films screened from around the world including Cuba, Romania, Italy, Korea, and Israel.

Archive prints of the historic films will be screened including Russia's The Ascent (1977), Confidence by Hungary's István Szabó (1980), Fat City by John Huston (1972), Here's Your Life by Sweden's Jan Troell, and The Hustler (1961).