The bad news: Through my own mindboggling stupidity (the details of which I don't want to go into because they make me cry) I am only actually able to go to four full days of the festival--plus two other weekends. 8 days in total out of 19. I am not happy about this but only have myself to blame, so I will suck it up. It means I'll probably just push myself to get as much out of those days and other evenings as I can, until I crash in a heap, ill, as I usually do each year. The idea was to avoid that this year... ah well. :(
The good news: The program's out, so I can begin the obsessive reading, circling, question-marking, planning, scheduling and liaising that accompanies it. I usually spend about a month doing this, but it's out late this year so my obsessing will be confined to two weeks. I'm currently drafting a 'priority viewing' list which I'll then compare with friends and see if we can see some together. There's a real art to picking the right festival movies. So many haven't been widely reviewed overseas yet, so it's hard to know which will be the surprise hits. And it's also really hard to get the right balance of movies. I have a great track record of picking all the truly soul-destroying depressing flicks, and I wound up seriously emotionally overwrought the last couple of years running. *g* This year, I'm instituting a 'one light film to every four heavy ones' policy. I may even up that!
If anyone out there is truly horrendously bored, you can browse to the festival website and tell me what I should see. ;)
And finally, I'll be keeping my own record of the films I go to see, but I wondered if others would be interested in hearing about the festival. Warning: the reviews may get more and more whacked as the Festival progresses. ;) You can read some from last year here.
Are you interested in me posting about the films I see at the Festival?
Would you prefer me to post film reviews on a filter or are you happy skipping (cut-tagged) entries?