The Telluride Film Festival, which takes place every Labor Day weekend in the mind-expandingly gorgeous San Juan Mountains, is the favorite film festival of anyone who's ever attended it. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but not much. The four-day festival is neither hectic nor amped, but it nonetheless manages to showcase the best of each year's Cannes and Toronto line-ups, as well as invariably some rarities and older films to savor.

This year, Eric D. Snider and I will be bringing you the news and reviews from Colorado. (It's Eric's first trip, which is doubly exciting.) And the line-up, announced earlier today, looks excellent, showcasing Cannes favorites like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful, Mike Leigh's Another Year, and Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe, as well as high-profile premieres like Mark Romanek's eagerly awaited Never Let Me Go (with superstar novelist Kazuo Ishiguro in attendance) and Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, which is getting major Oscar buzz for Colin Firth.

The title that really makes me tingle with anticipation is Peter Weir's POW flick The Way Back. Weir makes two movies a decade these days, if we're lucky, and they're always good. (I am maybe the world's biggest Peter Weir fan; two of his movies -- The Truman Show and Gallipoli -- would make my all-time top 20 if I were to construct one.) Weir is getting one of the festival's "Silver Medallion" awards, which is usually a bit of an exercise in who-can-we-get-to-come, but this is a great choice. The festival will also be screening Weir's long-lost 1979 horror film The Plumber, which I have never seen and will do my very best to catch.



A couple of surprise screenings always turn up on Saturday or Sunday. This year, the surprise has pretty much been ruined: it appears virtually certain that Danny Boyle's 127 Hours (following the wildly successful Telluride premiere of Slumdog Millionaire two years back) and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan will make appearances.

The complete line-up is available at the Festival's website. Frankly, it's the most exciting in my seven years of attendance. I'll see you on the other side.