"Wild," "Rosewater" to play at Telluride Film Festival

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in "Wild."

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Movie directors, film lovers and a handful of stars are gathered in southwestern Colorado for the 41st annual Telluride Film Festival.

The festival, which opens Friday and runs through Monday, includes the film based on Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir "Wild," starring Reese Witherspoon, and Jon Stewart's directorial debut, the political drama "Rosewater." "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton -- which premiered at the Venice Film Festival this week -- will also get its North American debut at the festival.

In keeping with tradition, the festival didn't announce its lineup until Thursday.

Organizers have a reputation for picking films that go on to win or get nominated for Oscars, including "12 Years a Slave" and "The King's Speech."