Guggenheim is expected to help introduce the film — for which he had unparalleled access to Malala, and which reportedly features considerable animation and an original song by Alicia Keys (“Story to Tell”) — and to participate in a post-screening Q&A.
Malala cannot join him — she is studying at a private girls’ school in England, where she has lived ever since she was shot in the head by a member of the Taliban in 2012 — but there is rampant speculation that she and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, may participate, in some way, via a remote connection.
THR will post a full report about the entire gathering shortly after the film ends. (It will screen several more times in Telluride this weekend before heading north of the border for a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 12.)
Previous “Patron Preview” screenings — which shine a bright spotlight on an Oscar hopeful at this awards season-launching event — have included 2011′s The Descendants, 2012′s Argo (the eventual best picture Oscar winner), 2013′s Labor Day and last year’s Wild. (Descendants and Wild, like Malala, were Fox Searchlight releases.)
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