The San Francisco International Film Festival has been underway, and I have been able to see two programs so far: “Pirate Utopias,” a collection of experimental shorts, and “Soul Kitchen” by Fatih Akin. On Thursday I will see “Wild Grass” by Alain Resnais.
I actually didn’t pick any of these films, I just said “ok” to them blindly (can’t say no to free festival tickets!) which I think is best for me, since I probably wouldn’t bother watching any of these films otherwise if I had researched them beforehand. I’ve been unexcited about films lately. The last movie I really enjoyed seeing was “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” and “Kunjo” (made by the supremely talented Terrie Samundra, who happens to be a best friend of mine, and shot by the always dapper D.W. Lech), which was quite some time ago. I don’t know when I got so picky, but I’m always wishing I could lose myself in a film and that “magic” never seems to quite happen anymore. I’ll be sad if that means I’ve lost my innocence as a film goer…(wah)…
Anyways, back to SFIFF…So far, I have been underwhelmed. The shorts didn’t seem to be of a higher caliber than shorts that I have seen elsewhere (at less well-known or prestigious film festivals). And watching “Soul Kitchen” was alright, but it was supposed to be a comedy, and I didn’t laugh once!
I’m not sure why. Everyone else was hooting and hollering at it, but my funny bone remained firmly untickled. I’ve never been accused of lacking a sense of humor, so maybe some of the audience was laughing because everyone else was? Pack mentality, but for comedy? Who knows!
I’m pretty poor at the moment, but I might suspend my Blue Bottle addiction for a few days to be able to spring for another ticket. I would like to see at least one more film before the festival is over, and am deliberating between:
1. A Brand New Life (Ounie Lecomte, 2009)
2. Night Catches Us (Tanya Hamilton, 2009)
3. La Pivellina (Tizza Covi, Rainier Frimmel, 2009)
Hopefully, one of these films will restore my wide-eyed wonder for movies!!!