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Aug 29th
07:57 pm
'At Any Price' going to Telluride Film Festival  
Please do not post or reference elsewhere. Telluride might be even more offended than Venice by a schedule leak since they don't officially release their schedule till the first day of their festival, lol.

It seems like 99% sure that At Any Price will play at Telluride, the new hip film festival, lol.

If you recall, in comments earlier jeezbee pointed out her theories on the TIFF large theater placement and priority press screening for At Any Price and how maybe that means TIFF is expecting a lot of heat off of the Venice screening and also possibly (hopefully) a Telluride screening.

There were also other indicators. It's been on Bahrani fan wishlists (which doesn't mean a lot). But then someone on twitter actually mentioned that a leaked (later revealed to be bullshit) Telluride schedule was missing at least one film he knew was going. Which is notable when you realize that someone is a student of Bahrani, so he actually would know.

In the end, the twitter comment deduction seems to be right... at least according to production notes we've obtained. From the first page:

Plus later they quote Michael Pollan's notes in the Telluride guide:
AT ANY PRICE takes us on a harrowing journey into the modern, post-Monsanto farm belt. This is a place where the pressures on farmers to “expand or die,” as one character puts it and to rat out their neighbors creates a world in which good men find themselves resorting to desperate measures to maintain their hold on the land and a way of life that is falling apart.

Now for some excerpts from the production notes...

The fiercely competitive world of high-tech agribusiness is the backdrop for AT ANY PRICE, a drama that melds timeless themes of fathers and sons, ambition and rebellion, morality and survival, with a sharply de-romanticized view of modern farming. “I spent about six months in the Midwest observing the life of farmers,” says writer/director RAMIN BAHRANI about his heartland portrait. “I’d ride with the farmers in their massive 48-row air-conditioned GPS planters and they’d talk to me, almost like a therapy session. A lot of the stories and emotions in the movie came from those conversations with real farmers.”


“Like a lot of people these days, we’re very interested in food—where does it come from? Is it processed? What are we putting into our bodies? And the king of processed food is corn. There’s a collision between our collective romantic idea of farming and heartland values, and the reality that farming is a big, cutthroat business. It has dramatically changed—it’s not local guys in overalls plowing the land; it’s businessmen running multimillion dollar operations with very advanced technology. On my first trip out to Iowa, every farmer I met told me the same two phrases, “Expand or die” and “Get big or get out.” It seemed like a metaphor for American society, for the values that have led us to disaster. In many ways, believing in those mantras perpetuated the housing crisis, and the global financial meltdown. It’s a dangerous philosophy for life that is being exported to Europe and beyond.”


In his headlong pursuit of profit, Henry’s corporate crime—breaking...is nearly his ruin, but his moral crime... totally shatters the act he has been playing and his illusions that he’s living a good life. “Henry and Irene are disturbed and haunted in ways that Dean may not be. But they get away with it,” says Bahrani. “And that’s the culture of the country right now. Politicians on both sides helped the banks get away with it. Corporate and political greed is on steroids. Screw people over and you’ll get away with it—you will even be rewarded! And this is a problem, a real problem. ‘Getting away with it’ will haunt the Whipple family for the rest of their lives.”

The Second Son

The character of Dean, the underappreciated second son, traces a trajectory from rebel desperate to escape the family legacy to conspirator desperate to keep the legacy going. As Dean, ZAC EFRON takes on a classic archetype and makes it his own. The character of Dean, struggling to break free of small town roots and family obligations, demands formidable acting range and shades. Says Efron, “The key to Dean for me was to figure out the relationship with his father and brother—resenting one and loving the other, his feelings of abandonment and his urge to break free. He's a renegade younger brother who wishes he could leave like his older brother did, but he's confused about his life and his place in the family. I enjoyed acting the dark side of Dean, and trusted Ramin to guide me through the experience.”

Dean’s dreams of stardom on the big-league racing circuit extend the story into another aspect of Americana—and blast white-knuckle suspense and action into the movie’s storyline. “Race cars are Dean’s escape from the mundane,” says Efron, who admits: “To be honest, racing scared the heck out of me. However, we had great instructors and after a few laps, I got the hang of it pretty quickly. Driving the rally car through the cornfield was insane.”

Although his character’s name and plight might invoke another young actor who played the moody protagonist of EAST OF EDEN, Efron says, “I was really inspired by Paul Newman in HUD—he’s a prodigal son who’s into fast cars too.”

So, barring disaster, I expect this to become public probably tomorrow (if the schedule leaks a day early like last year). Or at the latest, Friday, when the Festival begins.

It would be awesome if Zac can turn up there as well. There was already a rumor about him going but unclear if true since their timeline was off in re: him needing to be in Venice.
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Beejeezbee on August 30th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
Most interesting production notes I've ever read - I hope that's indicating also an interesting and hopefully good movie.

I'm happy it's going to Telluride too. It's a more relaxed film festival than the madness of TIFF and it's pretty respected. It gives a whole bunch of US critics and awards pundits a first look (Venice it great but many can't afford to go) when they aren't yet completely stressed out and tired like they are going to be in Toronto after the first few days. I hope Zac can go as well.

hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 30th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
plus telluride is right up his alley in terms of hiking and camping. he should just stay there until TIFF.
Sapphirasapphia on August 30th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Very interesting! Thanks for that!

Tell me please, where is the Telluride festival?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 30th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
it is in the southwestern part of colorado.
Sapphirasapphia on August 30th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
Thank you. I do not know about the festival.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 30th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
If this is true, I'm glad. Another film festival isn't going to hurt especially since they already have a US distributor. Hopefully Zac can go if the dates don't interefere with TIFF.

And Zac has proved he is smarter than he leads on to be.

Edited at 2012-08-30 03:10 am (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 30th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
getting in to another film festival will never hurt. unless it is the 'most awful films of the year' festival lol.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 30th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
'most awful films of the year' doesn't sound like it would ever be a good idea. Hopefully this means the quality of the film is really good for it to be in 3 festivals.

Edited at 2012-08-30 03:24 am (UTC)
The Writers Denmusewriter on August 30th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Interesting. I'm glad it seems to be getting so much. I saw the tweet about Zac supposedly being in Telluride already, but figured it was probably BS since Venice starts Friday.
abigail80831abigail80831 on August 30th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Damn it, if Telluride wasn't kinda a long drive for me I'd have my ass there in 2 seconds. Sadly there are family members I'm responsible for taking care of and therefore can't go. :(