Venice kicks off today, hurrah! We, of course, aren’t there, but, this morning, we did get to step over a huge puddle that’s been sitting near our apartment for days and not evaporating due to the humidity, so that was practically like a canal. Later today: see us talk to our computer, which is practically like a real live friend.
Peter Bradshaw at the Guardian isn’t there either this year, but he did post a list of the five films he’d be most excited about, were he, at the Guardian‘s blog:
Drawing Restraint 9 (dir. Matthew Barney)
American conceptual artist Matthew Barney’s bizarre and gigantic Cremaster cycle of five films was an awe-inspiringly crazy crossover project – part-movie, part-art installation. This probably has similar ambition. One’s heart sinks at the news that BjÃ¶rk is in it, but it has to be worth a look all the same.
As if Barney’s films were more or less bearable than BjÃ¶rk. The BBC takes at look at the changes to the festival wrought by new artistic director Marco Mueller, namely more emphasis on celebs (there will be nine US premieres this year) and international films. Weinstein moment of the day, re last year’s festival:
Andrew Pulver at the Guardian looks over the just-wrapped Edinburgh International Film Festival and the reasoning behind the paper’s presenting of their new directors award to "Thumbsucker"‘s Mike Mills. And Jason Sanders at Filmmaker sums up June’s Los Angeles Film Festival, which he sees as "raising the bar for how festivals treat filmmakers."