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Telluride festival to screen Bay Area films

August 30, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 30--The 40th anniversary edition of the Telluride Film Festival this weekend will include a new documentary by San Francisco filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine.

The festival lineup was announced Wednesday in Telluride, Colo., and also includes the film "Palo Alto," by a member of the Coppola family.

"The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden" by the husband-and-wife team, is both about an unsolved 1930s murder on the islands and about the present-day population whose families came to the Galapagos from the 1930s to 1960s.

The film features the voice talents of Josh Radnor, Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann and Gustaf Skarsgard.

Geller and Goldfine's previous films include "Something Ventured," a documentary on the original venture capitalists of Silicon Valley that aired on PBS, and "Ballets Russes," a documentary about the two legendary dance companies that shared that name, featuring interviews with several of their surviving stars, some of whom have died since the film was made.

The feature "Palo Alto" was directed by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis Ford and Eleanor Coppola. The film stars James Franco, a Palo Alto native, and Emma Roberts.

The festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, will include tributes to Robert Redford, the Coen brothers, T Bone Burnett and Mohammad Rasoulof.

This year's four-day anniversary edition of the festival will include more than 100 films from 25 countries.

It will also include the official christening of the 650-seat Werner Herzog Theater. The director is the fourth film great -- after Chuck Jones, Abel Gance and Pierre Rissient -- to be honored with a theater name.

Other films in this year's festival include "Burning Bush" by Agnieszka Holland, Herzog's "Death Row: Blaine Milam + Robert Fratta," Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," Joel and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis," Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman" and Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," among others.

David Wiegand is The San Francisco Chronicle's executive features editor and TV critic. E-mail: dwiegand@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @WaitWhat_TV

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