"Cinema is the evening class for discriminating adults."--Ousmane Sembene
The heck with sidebars - Andrew Lau's new film looks like it will kick some serious booty judging from the trailer. I hope also to see Norwegian Wood in part because what little I have seen is how I visualized the book, plus there is a coup of having The Beatles' song, and not a cover, on the soundtrack.
Well, if kicking serious booty is the critera by which you would choose films at TIFF, you would be right in league with my teammates at Twitch who almost unanimously seek out these titles. We coordinate our efforts to increase our coverage. I leave them to most of the genre fare (and the Midnight Madness sidebar exclusively) to explore the gems discovered in the Discovery sidebar and the treasures re-evaluated in the Masters sidebar. I tend to also catch a lot of the Latin-themed films in the Contemporary World Cinema sidebar. I like serious booty to be kicked as well as the next guy; but, when it comes to TIFF, I've learned to intuit which films I'll get to see at SF festivals (and that would include most of the genre fare) and which might never make it past TIFF, which ranks higher on my list.
It is quite a line-up and to think there are still about 230 or so more titles to go :) Wow.
Not quite as many films at the Denver International Film Festival, but I also have to be select. While I do have my bias towards the few Asian titles, I tend to write about the films that do not have U.S. distribution in place. Still, what I cover is a fraction of over 100 features and I try to be as wise as possible.
Heh. I guess I'd like to think I'm wise, if not at least smart, about my selection process; but, like yourself it's a seesaw between seeing films I know I should see (for whatever reason) and films I want to see.By way of example, at last year's TIFF, not only did I opt to see Dante's 3-D version of The Hole, which proved dreadful and (I believe) never achieved distribution but I also snuck out of the festival proper to catch the theatrical release of Final Destination 3D, which was an enjoyable change of page at that juncture. One year I gave a ticket to City of Sylvia just to enjoy a piece of apple crumble pie. Who knows what kind of silly choices I'll make this year?
I remember that story about the pie Michael. But I assume everything worked out in the end and you were able to see City of Sylvia albeit a few years later? If you have seen the film, then it was a win-win solution with an inbuilt delay. Atleast you were able to feed all the senses nicely, with Guerrin's film feeding the visual and aural senses and the pie taking care of the taste :) But at that time, it must have felt otherwise. I remember there have been enough times where I have given up seeing a film only to be told by friends that they thought it was the best film of the festival. I have been caught up with some of those missed films now but it has taken me a few years.The tough choices one has to make during a festival :)
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