SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE a Hit at Telluride!
A Big Hit at Telluride!
Fox Searchlight's recent acquisition SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE wowed audiences at the Telluride Film Festival and will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend! Check out the 'Net's recent reactions these past few days...
"Telluride Buzzing Over 'Slumdog'"
In terms of new titles and industry excitement, the runaway smash was Danny Boyles exhilarating, madly entertaining drama "Slumdog Millionaire."
"Slumdog" offers a vivid snapshot of modern India through the prism of a teenagers appearance on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." The film, which moves on to the Toronto Film Festival next weekend, provided much grist for the trade mill, as it had just been handed off by Warner Bros. to Fox Searchlight as the fest began.
Fans of director Danny Boyle's work will find much to appreciate in his latest film...
Patel, with his wide-eyed openness and mournful brown eyes, utterly charms as Jamal -- I want to see much more from this young actor in the future -- and all the cast, including the kids who play Jamal, Latika and his brother in their childhood, bring life and energy to their roles. Sweeping cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle brings the slums of Mumbai to life, finding the beauty and humanity amidst crushing impoverishment that most of us who will see the film could never imagine surviving, much less thriving in.
There's sadness and tragedy within Slumdog Millionaire -- starvation, genocide, child prostitution and overwhelming oppression -- but there's humor, humanity and dignity as well. Boyle, stepping outside the UK to focus his lens on India, seems to have freed himself here to bring his brilliance as a director to its fullest fruition. Slumdog Millionaire is Boyle's best film to date, which is saying quite a lot; He's made a joyous, fun, and wonderfully accessible film that should play well in Toronto before moving on to wider release.
The Los Angeles Times:
"David Fincher, Danny Boyle Accomplish Their Missions"
Directors David Fincher and Danny Boyle came to the Telluride Film Festival with very different motivations for their fundamentally dissimilar films. But both will leave the festival having accomplished pretty much exactly what they needed to do...
"When you hear that Warner Independent Pictures has closed down, you have to be concerned," said Boyle, the director of "28 Days Later," "Millions" and "Trainspotting," among other films. "I'm experienced enough now to know to keep calm, relax and don't panic. I knew it was a good film and that people would want to see it."
That proved to be the case. Fox Searchlight, which has distributed most of Boyle's movies, last week entered into a joint "Slumdog Millionaire" deal with Warner Bros. as the invites to Telluride and Toronto were welcomed. A last-minute addition to the Telluride schedule, "Slumdog Millionaire" had its first public screening Saturday night, and the response inside the sold-out theater could not have been much more enthusiastic. The film arrives in American theaters on Nov. 28...
Given all that his film has been through, Boyle knows that he has been lucky. "The independent film world is clearly in a massive crisis," the director said. "We need some movies to work to get the faith back."
"Boyle Film Leads Buzz At Telluride Film Festival"
Film fans, directors, actors and industry executives mingled easily the past three days in this mountain town for the Telluride Film Festival where foreign films including director Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" gained strong buzz...
In the past, Telluride has paved the way for hits such as "Juno," to go onto box office success and critical acclaim. British director Boyle's new "Slumdog Millionaire" earned praise after it packed the larger festival cinemas with audiences who clapped and cheered as the credits rolled.
Boyle, 51, told Reuters on Monday that America's current "conservative market," which favours blockbusters, meant initial audience reaction was important to spreading early word about his energetic, colourful film. The film tells of an orphan from the slums of Mumbai, India, on the verge of winning millions on India's television show "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire."
"For a film like this that doesn't have a particular star in it and is challenging in certain respects, somebody has to pick it up and say 'There, Go, Walk' . . . and this film festival has done that," said Boyle, who has directed movies such as "Trainspotting," "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine."
"Driven by fantastic energy and a torrent of vivid images of India old and new, "Slumdog Millionaire" is a blast," said the review from showbusiness newspaper Daily Variety."