Most Anticipated Films at Telluride Film Festival: A List by Ashley Menzel

Most Anticipated Films at Telluride Film Festival: A List by Ashley Menzel

Telluride Film Festival is the little festival hidden away in a picturesque Colorado ski town and much like the town is hidden in the mountains, so is the line-up. The festival line up of films is not released until the day before the film festival is set to begin. This lends itself to much anticipation and speculation about the films playing at the festival. As the schedule was released yesterday, I did a readthrough of the films and squealed in joy at some of those films. This is a list of my most anticipated films at the Telluride Film Festival 2019.

The Aeronauts 

As the lineup dropped yesterday as I was about to board a flight to Telluride, easily the most exciting news for me was seeing The Aeronauts at the top of the list. I’m excited for the reunion of Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones on-screen and have hopes that this highflying film will be an exciting journey and give us all the right festival feels.

Marriage Story

Now, everyone knows I have some trepidation when talking about Noah Baumbach. I historically don’t like his films but the buzz around this film is that is unlike his other films and is his pièce de resistance. I will withhold my judgment until I see this film but am hesitant.


Seeing the trailer at the Arclight Hollywood a few weeks ago, I was hooked. This looks like an incredible film that is both timely and interesting. It also won the Palme D’or at Cannes so it has to be pretty fantastic.

Motherless Brooklyn

Edward Norton sells a film for me because his roles are always so interesting. In addition to it being the first time in 19 years he has directed, I suspect he took his time creating something truly magical.

Uncut Gems

Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie had their 2017 film, Good Time get a lot of praise and I am excited to see what they have as a follow up to that. The cast in the film is intriguing with Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, and Adam Sandler so we will see how it is.


I think Waves is going to be the breakout film of Telluride and will surely get some notice come awards season. The description has the chance of being an extremely emotional film. Sterling K. Brown and Lucas Hedges are known for their emotional performances and I think this may be poignant. Kelvin Harrison Jr. who had a breakout performance in Luce also joins the cast, so I can’t wait to see what role he tackles next.

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Ashley Menzel is an avid film lover and lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves foreign films and dramas and reading books that have film adaptations. Her favorite movie of all time is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. She loves Doctor Who, Supernatural, iZombie, and Grimm.

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