I know it’s been a while since I returned from France, but what can I say? I’m a busy gal! Seriously though, the work didn’t stop while I was in Cannes; it certainly didn’t slow down when I got back…doesn’t the world know to stop when I go on vacation? ;-p Just kidding.
Anyway, attending the festival was an incredible experience, and Nice/Cannes are absolutely BEAUTIFUL cities – check out the pictures if you don’t believe me.
I think we (Josh Luria, Ye-Jee Kim, Elizabeth Kerin, and I) did a great job promoting our respective films in the Short Films Corner, and we still had time left over to catch a few screenings…by sheer coincidence, I managed to see the much-talked-about “Che,” Steven Soderbergh’s biopic (or should I say biEPIC?) of Ernesto Guevara.
Not surprisingly, I felt the film was a *little* long (read: really long) because it was repetitive at times; a lot of the second half seemed similar to the first half. However the cinematography, sound, and design were breathtaking (as was the location!) and Benicio Del Toro’s
portrayal of the humble revolutionary reminded me why I love acting – I empathized with Che, I hated Che, I yelled at Che, I cried for Che, I thought Che was foolish, I thought Che was a genius, and just when I thought there couldn’t be more to Che…there was. The emotional roller coaster lasted the entire 4 1/2 hours.
Overall, I wouldn’t change my first film festival experience one bit. Will I do things differently next time? Well, I was given a Cinephile pass to Telluride Film Festival this August as a graduation present (thank you!!!), so I suppose only time will tell…