Aspen Film will host the 41st annual Filmfest Oct. 15 - 21, 2020. This year's festival features a hybrid format with both online and in-person screenings.
Passes for the virtual portion of the event go on sale Sept. 25, 2020, and tickets to in-person screenings will be offered to the public starting Oct. 5, 2020.
In-Person Screenings for Aspen Filmfest 2020
NOMADLAND | Thursday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Isis Theatre
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloe Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern's mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West. (USA, 2020) 108MIN
- FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Golden Lion Award, Venice Film Festival 2020; Toronto International Film Festival 2020, Telluride Film Festival 2020, New York Film Festival 2020
- DIRECTOR: Chloe Zhao
- WRITTEN BY: Chloe Zhao
- WITH: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Swankie
THE DISSIDENT | Thursday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Isis Theatre
THE DISSIDENT, from Academy Award(r)-winning director Bryan Fogel (Icarus), is an edge-of-your-seat, adrenaline-filled thriller that plays out at the highest levels of power, exposing the labyrinth of deceit behind the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi was a principled reformer who sought to create a more open society in his homeland, and who was ultimately murdered for his vocal opposition to the Saudi government. Featuring never before seen surveillance footage and unprecedented access to a wealth of other damning information previously unavailable to the public, Fogel earned the trust of those closest to the tragedy to weave together this story of courage, money, power, tyranny, love, and technology run amok. (USA, 2020) 117MIN
- FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Sundance Film Festival 2020
- DIRECTOR: Bryan Fogel
- WRITTEN BY: Mark Monroe, Bryan Fogel
DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA | Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Park in Snowmass
This is a drive-in movie event.
HBO presents the filmed version of the acclaimed Broadway show DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA. Directed by Oscar(r) and Emmy(r) winning director Spike Lee, the one-of-a-kind, dynamic film gives audiences around the world access to Byrne's electrifying Broadway show that played to sold-out, record-breaking audiences during its run from October 2019 to February 2020 at Broadway's Hudson Theater. Featuring Academy(r), Grammy(r) and Golden Globe(r) Award-winning musician David Byrne (Talking Heads), together with 11 musical artists from around the world performing songs from Byrne's 2018 album of the same name, along with songs from Talking Heads and his solo career for a major cultural milestone in the worlds of music and theater; David Byrne's American Utopia is a unifying musical celebration that inspires audiences to connect to each other and to the global community. The HBO special event in partnership with Participant, River Road Entertainment and Warner Music Entertainment is produced by David Byrne's Todomundo and Lee's Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks production companies and executive produced by RadicalMedia. (USA, 2020) 105MIN
- FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Toronto International Film Festival 2020, New York Film Festival 2020, London Film Festival 2020
- DIRECTOR: Spike Lee
- WRITTEN BY: David Byrne
*Drive-in generously underwritten by Jeff Grinspoon and Jon Foley
THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS | Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Isis Theatre
Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle. They're guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They're untethered to the Internet, make food and drink by hand and prioritize in-person connections and community.
Demand for white truffles increases every year, even as supply decreases. As a result of climate change, deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunters' secrets are more coveted than ever. However, these aging men may hold something more valuable than this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life. (Italy, USA, Greece, 2020) 84MIN
- FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Sundance Film Festival 2020, Cannes Official Selection 2020, Telluride Film Festival 2020, Toronto International Film Festival 2020, Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival 2020, New York Film Festival 2020
- DIRECTOR: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
- WITH: Carlo Gonella, Sergio Cauda, Aurelio Conterno, Angelo Gagliardi, Maria Cicciu, Gianfranco Curti, Paulo Stacchin, Piero Botto, Egidio Gagliardi
AMMONITE | Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Isis Theatre
In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught paleontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself and her ailing widowed mother. When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives in Lyme on the first leg of a European tour, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Mary, whose life is a daily struggle on the poverty line, cannot afford to turn him down but, proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, she clashes with her unwanted guest. They are two women from utterly different worlds. Yet despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realization that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably. (UK, 2020) 117MIN
- FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Toronto International Film Festival 2020
- DIRECTOR: Francis Lee
- WRITTEN BY: Francis Lee
- WITH: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan