(Siffest has often proved itself to be a festival of surprises, and in terms of films, that refers to many things that may go beyond expectation of any expected feeling. Confused? Read on!)
One of the advantages of attending screenings during a film festival is that a rare chance of meeting creative minds behind a film, be them directors, actors, producers, screenwriters or cinematographers. The latter may apply if they carry household names like Christopher Doyle or Anne V. Coates, for example.
How do you feel when you get to see those remarkably talented people in the screening of their films that we’re about to see?
Or simply indifferent?
Whatever our feeling that may reflect our perception towards the film itself, be thankful for this rare chance we may not likely often encounter in the first place. And wouldn’t it be cool if the director himself said something like,
“Relax. If you fall asleep during the film, please do so!”
Oh! Can anything get any greater than that?
So I salute you, Hou Hsiao Hsien.
First, for being what you are, a respected, honored director. May your recent The Best of Times will bring its best at Cannes this year.
Second, for being humble and honest in seeing your own works objectively. You even persuaded us to be ourselves on how to treat your film, Cafe Lumiere.
And I did what you had, erm, suggested, Maestro.
I fell asleep throughout the entire film.
No, no, no. Of course not the entire per se, but apparently, closing your senses in some parts of the film means losing the core essence of the film. So, no matter that I managed to wake up and tried to decipher the series of images appearing on the screen, I lost the main thread of the story.
And so I lost the film.
But then, it’s worth a second viewing. 😉