True confessions, Reese made me cry. And early in the morning. (Maybe I was crying because it was so early in the morning?)
But seriously. Rendition was amazing. I really liked it. Not only did I find it gripping and emotional and important, but it was my first film this year that made me think about storytelling techniques.
I don’t want to give away spoilers for a film I think everyone should see… but there are multiple storylines and an interesting twist in how the writer/director uses those storylines. Just something I’d never seen before and I thought it really worked to heighten tension, build to a climax, etc. etc.
Another very cool festival experience was the world premiere of Stuart Townsend’s new film Battle in Seattle about the WTO riots in 1999. The audience gave a five minute standing ovation… I’m not sure I thought it was five-minute-standing-ovation good… but clearly others did and Stuart and Charlize were too cute for words. During the Q&A someone asked how each of the actors got involved in the project and they all gave these long-winded answers about how great the script and subject matter were and how badly they wanted to be involved… And then the mike went to Charlize and she said, “I just wanted to sleep with the director.” Seriously, they were too cute.
All-in-all a great day but I’m a little too tired to blog much and need to get up in less than 6 hours if I want to make my screening of Eastern Promises, and I want to pay the films I saw today justice when I talk about them.
I’m just going to say one more thing. In person, Brad Pitt is the most beautiful human being on the planet. Oh, My, God. (Says Maureen from the third row, realizing she’s not over him like she thought she was when he left his wife for that slut.