The dust from the festival has cleared and Enzian is back to its routine of "Film/Food/Friends" and great fun, with truly something for everyone's taste. The monster hit Swedish thriller/bestseller adaptation, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, is heading into its second killer week; a huge Cinco de Mayo party at Eden Bar brought in revellers from far and wide and featured a free screening of THREE AMIGOS outside on the lawn under the stars; a gorgeous NC-17 scope print of the crap-tastic SHOWGIRLS lapdanced a packed Cult Classics audience into convulsive laughter; John Huston's 1948 classic, THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, starring Humphrey Bogart, screens for free in downtown Winter Park Thursday as the May Popcorn Flick selection; and heads-up for the pre-Memorial Day blow-out at Eden Bar on Sunday the 30th featuring a free outdoor screening of Ivan Reitman's STRIPES, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, John Candy, Warren Oates, and P.J. Soles ("Riff Randell" in ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL!) Oh, and to add the festivities, Eden Bar is now open for lunch on weekends, Friday - Sunday at 11:30.
But before we put a complete wrap on this year's Florida Film Festival, I want to send out my heartfelt congratulations to two of our attending filmmakers, Bill Plympton and Jen McGowan. Bill's new film, THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER, had its East Coast Premiere and 2nd US showing at the festival, and tells the funny and touching story of a heroic cow in a vivid and bold new color palette. Jen's film, TOUCH, had its North American Premiere at FFF (and is now headed to Cannes I believe), is a sublimely acted wonder, with two women strangers engaging in a conversation while waiting for a subway train. Each of these short films won Grand Jury Awards, and since the Florida Film Festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in both the categories of Best Live Action Short and (now) Best Animated Short, they have successfully cleared the first hurdle in their journeys to secure an Academy Award nomination next year. Best of luck to each of them as they move forward.