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Telluride taps Geoff Dyer as guest director

June 11, 2012 |  5:30 am

Geoff Dyer
The Telluride Film Festival has named Geoff Dyer guest director for its 2012 edition.

Dyer will select  a series of films to present at the festival, which will hold its 39th edition this year.

A British author of novels such as "The Search" and "Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi," Dyer has also explored film subjects in his nonfiction work. He recently published "Zona," a look at the making and meaning of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 science-fiction film "Stalker." The author's jazz study "But Beautiful" won or was shortlisted for a number of literary prizes.

Dyer will curate a selection that will be announced at the start of the festival, along with the rest of the lineup.

Telluride has a history of choosing eclectic guest directors--in addition to more traditional choices such as Erroll Morris and Alexander Payne, it has also tapped Salman Rushdie and Stephen Sondheim in past years.

The festival, which takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in the Colorado resort town, is often a platform for award-season contenders. In the past few years, movies such as "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Shame" got a boost at the festival.


Telluride: Jennifer Garner Spreads "Butter"

George Clooney Makes Waves with "The Descendants"

Telluride: Michael Fassbender exposes more than skin in 'Shame'

--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Geoff Dyer. Credit: Getty Images

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