Witherspoon plays the role of Strayed, and she also co-produced the film. According to Variety, the pre-screening buzz from the festival is gaining the actress some serious attention, "She offers a tour de force performance that moves her solidly into the Oscar race in the best actress category."
Back in 2006, Reese won an Academy Award for best actress in a lead role as June in Walk The Line.
For now, Reese was just excited that the premiere was in Telluride as she said by showing more of the beauty of the location.
According to their web site, this year, "TFF will screen 85 feature films, short films and revivals representing twenty-eight countries, along with special artist tributes, conversations, panels, education programs and festivities."