A Venice-Telluride-Toronto assessment by WorldofReel’s Jordan Ruimy: “Telluride no-shows that are premiering at Venice include Suspiria, The Sisters Brothers, Sunset, Maya, Kursk, 22 July, Buster Scruggs, The Nightingale and A Star is Born.
“Meanwhile, Toronto can brag about snatching up world premieres for Widows, If Beale Street Could Talk, High Life, Beautiful Boy, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, The Outlaw King, Hold the Dark, Mid90s, Fahrenheit 11/9, Ben Is Back, Green Book, The Land of Steady Habits and many more.
“Can we now conclude that this year’s Cannes Film Festival had a fantastic lineup? Part of the complaints that derived from this year’s pre-Cannes buzz was the fact that the festival failed to deliver the big names.
“However, looking at all the Cannes rejects and now the mixed buzz surrounding them, maybe Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux was right all along in not including Peterloo, Loro, The Death of John F. Donovan, The Sisters Brothers, Suspiria, The Nightingale, Sunset, Maya, Kursk and a few others. These rejections, and consequent pickups by Venice, could definitely detract from the quality of the films being presented at the Lido this year.
“Cannes has always strived for quality over anything else. Except for Peterloo, none of the above Cannes-rejected titles are going to Telluride.” Which should tell you something.