Saturday, June 14, 2008

Some Notes About Last Year

It wouldn't be fair to just leave last year unfinished without a few notes, so here are a few things about last year's EIFF.

I ended up seeing 40 films in 13 days, which wasn't nearly as impressive as the previous year's 60 films in 10 days, but was still pretty good.

The top ten films I saw at the Festival last year were:

1) In Search of a Midnight Kiss
2) Paranoid Park
3) Control
4) Billy the Kid (still unreleased, though it'll be on More4 soon)
5) Stardust
6) The Counterfeiters
7) Crazy Love
8) Teeth
9) Ex-Drummer
10) I Served the King of England

Special mentions to: Razzle Dazzle, The Waiting Room, John Waters: This Filthy World, The New Man, Run Granny Run, The Interpreter, Auftauchen, Skills Like This, Special People and Joshua for pure camp value.

Highlight of the festival: Landing an incredibly jammy 25 minute interview with the lovely Olga Kurylenko, in the cafe of her hotel, just as she was about to leave. Pictures are here:

Olga Kurylenko

and here:

Olga Kurylenko

Basically, at that point, I seriously considered just going home, because there was no way I was going to top that.

Disappointment of the festival: Not getting to meet John Waters.

Party of the festival: Probably the Knocked Up party, purely because I briefly spoke to both Seth Rogen and Natalie Press. Nothing as good as last year's Air Guitar Nation parties though.

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