Large autographed portraits featuring the filmmakers and cast of competition films are hung daily in the Berlinale Palast. Here on opening night, Tom Tykwer, director of opening night entry "The International." A hotel delay made it difficult for me to catch the film's press screening, so I reluctantly sat out the showing yesterday. Immediately after, a good friend emailed a message that eased my disappointment at missing the screening:
"You made the right choice. The Tykwer was absolute shit."
That snapshot review paved the way for Shane Danielsen's pan of the film in indieWIRE. Going a step further, he dissed opening night Euro fest films in general:
"For well over a decade, now, virtually every major European film festival has begun more with a whimper than a bang, whether out of a desire to appease sponsors and dignitaries (who are rarely cinephiles), the availability or otherwise of Talent, or the simple lack of anything else available."
Putting Shane's opening night analysis to a test, I pondered Cannes fest openings and I'l; counter that the French fest has had two winning openers this decade: "Moulin Rouge" in 2001 and "Bad Education" in 2004. Other than those two, not so much. So, with the Berlin opener behind us, I'm already wondering what will open Cannes in just three months?
[photo by eugene hernandez]