I did see wonderful things which you will learn all about in the upcoming days (I have a theory about an alternate Oscar win now) and I gained new faith in the art of the short film (why oh why don't we get more of them?).
The overall experience was fantastic and I really urge everyone out there to make sure they visit Guadalajara at least once; it's such a wonderful city!
Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful but it is also one of the most cultural places I've ever been to. Few things have given me as much pleasure as watching a bunch of 14 year olds walk into the screening of an Israeli film and actually stop texting while the movie played.
But that wasn't the only great thing about Guadalajara;
- It was fascinating to learn about the different takes on film criticism between Europeans and Americans.
While screenwriter Michael Tolkin all but declared that criticism was irrelevant in the face of Twitter and blogs, European festival organizers saw this as an opportunity to reaffirm the need of leading voices in film criticism that actually contribute to the overall experience of watching a film.
There was a debate between important Latin American film critics that stimulated me intellectually in shamelessly pleasurable ways.
- I had no idea how old Matt Dillon actually was. He sure looks good though.
- I attended the world premiere of a movie which didn't even have an IMDB page yet! More about that soon...
- Ugh it's so ridiculous to think of the amount of movies that never get distribution in most countries. Out of the dozen or so films I saw there are some that have only premiered in festivals and Norway!
- The screenwriter of Goodbye, Lenin! bought me a beer!
- A Prophet is nothing short of majestic on a giant movie screen.
- Diego Luna has got to be one of the nicest movie people out there, I wasn't even starstruck when I was in the same room with him!
- Kinatay was a letdown in terms of shock...am I becoming too difficult to surprise?
- Nothing like Europop to uplift a so-so movie and make it more entertaining than it has any right to be.
How have all of you been?