Joel Edgerton

From 'First Man' to 'Roma,' Oscar season comes into focus at Telluride Film Festival

From 'First Man' to 'Roma,' Oscar season comes into focus at Telluride Film Festival

The Telluride Film Festival, which concluded Monday, proudly sets itself apart from bigger and flashier festivals. There is no backroom deal-making or juries doling out prizes at the scenic Rocky Mountain gathering, where Hollywood directors and stars mingle with local hikers and their dogs, and the unofficial dress code of jeans and untucked shirts is as far from the glamour of Cannes as you can get.

“We know what we want to remain, and where things don’t jibe with our ethos and culture, it’s pretty easy to keep them out,” said the festival’s executive director, Julie Huntsinger. “I feel like we’re still in a sweet spot.”

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