While Monday was a bit of letdown film-wise for myself and many others, the evening social activities were a blast and Tuesday's lineup promises to be the real deal. The tropics were out in full swing, first with a nice get together for the Caribbean International Film Festival at a little place on Richmond St. East called Harlem. I stayed away from the spicy foods ( a bigger wuss you'll never find), but the coconut shrimp were delicious and the "special " rum drink of the night (made with mango juice and 3 Jamaican rums and who knows what else) was refreshing to say the least. After that it was over to the Sarasota Film Festival 10th anniversary celebration in a very cool place on Queen Street West called The Ultra Supper Club (a fitting name). The tunes were good (Grace Jones! Imagination's "Just an Illusion!") and the open bar and myriad of tasty hors d'oevres that were passed for hours were even better. Congrats to Jody, Tom, and Holly for a really nice and fun shindig.
Films from the last day or so with the most acclaim amongst the cocktail conversation: Julian Schnabel's Cannes Best Director Award-winner, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (which seems to be in a class all its own), and Ken Loach's IT'S A FREE WORLD... Since I unfortunately missed them both, I guess I'll just have to wait for each to open commercialy like everybody else.
Tuesday's Press & Industry screenings include the new films from Woody Allen, Brian DePalma, Claude Chabrol, Francois Ozon, Paul Schrader and Hector Babenco, Alexi Tan's BLOOD BROTHERS (produced by John Woo and Terence Chang), a new John Sayles, the Todd Haynes Dylan film, the Gillian Armstrong Houdini movie, new Harmony Korine, Stuart Gordon, and George Romero flicks, and Alan Ball's directorial debut, NOTHING IS PRIVATE. Are you kidding me? How many hours are there in a day?