Friday, May 26, 2006

Happy Days

Not a great photo - but this shows why I prefer Un Certain Regard to Competition screenings! (despite having to queue for nearly an hour and a half to get in). It's a bit naughty because you're not supposed to have cameras in the screenings, but loads of people do (so don't post the picture anywhere else please!)

The buzz for "A Scanner Darkly" was building all day, and by the time we walked past the cinema at 8 on the way to dinner, a few people were already in line (for a 10:45pm screening). We joined the queue at 9:15. Once we got in, the vibe was really good, meanwhile outside apparently it was mayhem with people jamming the place trying to get in or get a good spot for pictures. The traffic was so bad that it kicked off ten minutes late, with Robert Downey Jr coming on stage with Richard Linklater and Keanu, and announcing "could the owner of the black Peugot please move your car?" Then he talked for a while, called Richard a genius and said Keanu is "a national treasure". Then Richard made a little speech in French, got the giggles at something Keanu said, and replied "but I've been practising that all afternoon."

Then they took their seats, and the film began.

I'm going to have to see it again - one thing was that I was so tired I think a lot of it went by me. The animation is amazing, wierdly lifelike, the technique has developed hugely since "Waking Life". It looks brilliant. The story meanders a bit, and it's fairly spaced out at times, but it kind of draws you into the strange world they inhabit. I can't say it's my favourite film of the festival, but if I'm honest, I wasn't in top form for seeing a film - not after the giddy afternoon we'd had, and given my zonked out state. But anyway, I got my Keanu moment, and I'm happy.


Blogger Mollywags said...

Am I the only one logging on in the past 15 hours? (or the only saddo?!!). Anyway, glad you got into the film, and saw Keanu. The Guardian reviewer seems to have been thoroughly confused by it.
Hope the wind down to Sunday includes some enjoyable and useful moments - with food.
(Prepare for rain - it's back today and forecast for the whole w/e).
Love from us

9:48 am  
Blogger Viv said...

And I never got round to cutting the grass either (hmm, last night after pilates it was a choice of mowing in the remains of the only sun seen for weeks or relaxing with friends and some wine... Not really a choice, is it?!)

Love the pic :) v glad you managed to get away with it. Scanner sounds surreal, but, as I may have mentioned, local Picturehouse is already advertising that its coming here in August, so if you did want to see again...

You sounded a little partied-out in your last post, so glad to hear you are getting a second wind. All these meetings sound so exciting, and yet you also seem so calm about it all. I'm impressed!

Enjoy you champagne! Seems like you should be celebrating surviving the week too!

10:40 am  
Blogger Stacie said...

WooHoo! You got your Keanu moment and a photograph to prove it!

SUMMER is here; it's actually going to be HOT over this holiday weekend. So, I only need to read your adventures for celebrity sightings and parties. :)

Hope you are having more of both this afternoon....

3:33 pm  
Blogger Mama(French for mother!) said...

You sound tired and although you have had an amazing time I expect you are getting ready to go home for a rest and a bit of normality.
As mollywags says, prepare for rain. We have just been to the new Waitrose in Buxton (oh, yes it's all happening in Derbyshire too!) and didn't need to bother applying sun screen, just a generous coating of Rustola was all that was required to "creep through rust to free siezed up parts".Well, that's what it says on the can - hope it works!
Looking forward to your final postings before you set off on the homeward journey.
Love, M.D,L and N.

4:50 pm  
Blogger anna said...

hello! i am perhaps too late and don't rush around if you've not got time but check your e-mails and this mysterious message will be explained!

saw da vinci code yesterday - it is ok, too long, but didnt deserve all the negative press it got. ian mckellen is good in it.

i'm pleased you seem to have found your energy again - just think, you can sleep for a week when you get home!

love anna xx

6:40 pm  
Blogger Nez said...

I am MOST EXCELLENTLY (is that a word?) pleased for you.

Mwah Nez x

6:47 pm  
Blogger anna said...

ps. look, i updated my profile thing on here - click on my name!

6:52 pm  
Blogger Mollywags said...

Late now. Amazed at Anna's postings and her printout. V. impressive. How many of our fellow commentators have heard of any/all those? (Apologies if everyone has done except me). Anyway, humble pie being munched here along with coffee and port!! Well done, Anna.
We shall await your final posting with eager anticipation, S. Will it be fuelled by eau de vie and cafe noir, and maybe un petit pain au chocolat.

A bientot from us anyway.

11:02 pm  
Blogger haze_e said...

A Keanu moment, wow!

10:46 pm  

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