The North American awards-industrial complicated revved up once more on Thursday within the Rocky Mountains — some 17 months after the pandemic largely shut it down — with the launch of the forty eighth Telluride Movie Pageant.
Curiously, the primary movie to display screen on the fest, and within the highly-coveted Patrons Preview slot — which has beforehand launched movies like The Descendants, Argo, Wild and La La Land — was not one of many many movies on this 12 months’s lineup that’s already the topic of appreciable awards buzz: Michael Pearce‘s Encounter, starring Riz Ahmed, who was a severe contender for the most effective actor Oscar earlier this 12 months for his work in Sound of Metallic. And it stays removed from sure if/the way it will determine into the awards dialog.
Pearce, who gained the most effective debut by a British author, director or producer BAFTA Award for 2018’s Beast, right here tackles a genre-hopping story, which he co-wrote with Joe Barton, that’s basically a few largely absent father who’s nonetheless idealized and revered by his younger kids. It’s, in some ways, similar to Sean Penn‘s Flag Day, which screened on the Cannes Movie Pageant again in Could — beat for beat, in a number of situations — solely with an added sci-fi veneer.
As with Flag Day, the most effective efficiency in Encounter is given by the actor who performs the daddy (Ahmed), who could make virtually something fascinating. (The British actor, regardless of being simply 38, was to obtain a profession tribute at this 12 months’s fest, however was in the end unable to make it, for causes that haven’t been shared.) However, additionally as with Flag Day, the movie feels a bit heavy-handed and in the end not up the standard alley of the movement image Academy.
The Telluride viewers, which typically responds to movies in a way just like the Academy, appeared — each through the screening and in dialog afterwards — largely blended on the movie, wowed by its opening sequence, which options spectacular VFX, and to a point by Ahmed’s efficiency, however not with the movie total.
Amazon, which launched Sound of Metallic, can be behind Encounter, and can subsequent take it to the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant. No additional launch plans have been disclosed but.