Plans are changing all the time. So far I've seen five films (see sidebar, left), met brilliant, adorable Canadian filmmaker Don McKellar, and basked in the presence of international film hero Wim Wenders (pictured at right). Last night we switched at the last minute from Caterina in the City to The Taste of Tea, and I'm sooooooo glad we did. The Taste of Tea was incredibly beautiful; you can almost see the airheaded tagline now: "Japan's answer to 'Amelie'!" Well, Amelie crossed with Napoleon Dynamite. Made up of absurd vignettes tied together with calm moments of pastoral family togetherness, The Taste of Tea is imaginative and everything I could hope for in a festival film: imaginative, unusual and funny, transcending borders and sending me on my way out of the theater with a renewed love of life.
I'm having a really hard time trying to decide what to see tonight, but we're leaning toward Or at 5pm, followed possibly by Bitter Dream, but we'll definitely end up at the Oak St. to see About Love at 9:30. I was really hoping to catch the re-screening of Murmuring Coast (7:30 at Block E), but we won't be able to make it to About Love if we do that. Poopy. Hal Hartley's film will certainly screen again somewhere, and the other runner-ups were A Real Man, Kontroll, and Mila from Mars, though we may be able to see the latter on Wednesday night.
If you haven't yet: get out! I know the weather's been great but there are some amazing filmgoing possibilities happening this week. See you at the movies.