Top Telluride selections to screen in New Hampshire

In the Italian film "Dogman," Marcello (Marcello Fonte) is an elfin, sweet-tempered dog groomer. To afford scuba-diving trips for his daughter, he also deals a little cocaine on the side, a neat arrangement until one of his friends and customers, Simone, a former boxer, forces Marcello into assisting in robbing a neighbor. In the manner of a classic Western, Marcello must ultimately take revenge.

Selections from Colorado’s famed Telluride Film Festival are on the road and headed to the Granite State.

The 20th annual Telluride by the Sea screenings will take place Friday through Sunday at The Music Hall, 28 Chesnut St., and The Loft, 131 Congress St., both in Portsmouth.

For a 33rd year, the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College in Hanover opens its film season with a Telluride slate Friday through Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Hop’s Spaulding Auditorium.

In this year’s crop, Melissa McCarthy stars as an author-turned-con artist in a true-life comedy drama (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”); Hugh Jackman stars in a dark political comedy about Sen. Gary Hart’s abortive run for the presidency (“The Front Runner”); Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone fight tooth, nail and each other for favor in the 1700s English court of crazy Queen Anne (“The Favourite”); a modern Nordic spin on the Ugly Duckling tale takes a surprisingly humanist turn (“Border”); a teenage boy dreams of being a (transgender) ballerina (“Girl”); a modern crime drama involving a dog groomer unfolds in southern Italy (“Dogman”); and a rock climber is followed by a documentary team as he attempts an impossible feat on Yosemite’s El Capitan (“Free Solo”).

The Telluride Film Festival, held on Labor Day weekend in Colorado, draws hundreds of cinema lovers.

For ticket information, visit and call 436-2400 for Portsmouth screenings or and 646-2422 for Hanover screenings.