SIFF Secret Festival. Which some might be calling the scorched earth week. I'll admit up front this third film in the series is not my fave so far for three that screened. It was very good at times and not really my thing at others. That said, there is definitely an audience for this film - but apparently (maybe not surprisingly) this crowd wasn't it. At least according to this story in The Stranger (though there was some objective data during the screening as well). Overall I appreciated the chance to get to see what I saw - and I know folks who would have killed for the experience this week. To me the Secret Festival is a weekly rolling of the dice. I've seen what are supposed to be warm and fuzzy things there that I positively loathed - way more than Sunday's screening. And you know what?, when I decided it wasn't for me on those occasions I simply left. 'nuff said. But clearly not everyone felt the same way.
brilliant film Still Walking. So when I saw the same director had something in SIFF this year I marked my calendar. I really enjoyed this tale of two brothers separated by many miles each living with a different parent. They have different but connected lives each one begins to suspect on a mission to get the parents back together. Somehow they hit upon a belief that they can have a wish come true by being at the right place at the right time when their towns are connected via bullet train. So scheme they do, along with their friends, grandparents and probably some other folks I'm forgetting. Just a very beautiful simple (on the surface) and fun film. Highly recommend.
Oh, and I totally need to buy tix to go visit my brother sometime soon. For reals.