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September 12, 2013

Big Screen Bonanza

Telluride by the Sea brings world-class film festival to Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH – When you think of film festivals, you may picture the French coast, or open western skies. Next weekend, however, world-class film festival comes right into our backyard as Telluride by the Sea kicks off in Portsmouth.

The festival, now in its 15th year, brings viewers six movies fresh from their debut at the Telluride Film Festival, which took place Labor Day weekend in Telluride, Colo. Telluride by the Sea’s six films air over three days from Sept. 20 to 22, with additional screenings for passholders.

“We’re again in store for a sensational weekend of film, food and fun,” said Chris Curtis, programming coordinator for The Music Hall, which hosts the event. “It’s a great time of year, and it’s great to see the whole town energized!”

The festival’s films feature big names, including Brad Pitt, Bruce Dern (winner of Cannes best actor prize) and Kristin Scott Thomas, as well as international stars such as Irrfan Khan and Daniel Auteuil.

Keeping with a Telluride tradition, this year the film festival will celebrate silent films by screening three classics: “Safety Last,” “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” and “Lonesome.” The Silent’s Please series is available only to weekend pass holders, and will be screened at The Loft, around the corner from the main venue.

To get the most out of the festival, Curtis advises buying a pass to all of the weekend’s festivities.

“When you commit to the whole weekend, it pays off,” he says. “ It’s TFI – Total Film Immersion.”

Here are the films that are showing at the 2013 Telluride by the Sea festival:

“Nebraska” (USA, 110 minutes, courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

Woody (Bruce Dern) is a booze addled alcoholic. Convinced that he’s won a mail-order sweepstakes, he embarks on a cross-country journey, his youngest son David (Will Forte) playing Sancho to his Don Quixote. Telluride favorite Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) creates a bittersweet elegy to the American extended family.

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