We’ve been waiting for this day to arrive. The Portland International Film Festival. B is a big festival guy and a dedicated San Francisco and Cinequest festival-goer. I was hoping that Portland would provide him with something comparable. Tonight was opening night….a mere jaunt across the park blocks to the theater! The film, The Lives of Others, was absolutely the best film I’ve seen this year. The director, Florian Henkel von Donnersmarck, was there for a Q & A afterwards. He was very charming to say the least 🙂
He had such good commentary on film in general, how it shapes our perception about life. He discussed the importance of the actor and how it is the purest art, no hiding behind a pen or brush or trumpet. Really was a fascinating evening – both with the film and afterwards.
The movie is set in the former East Berlin and tells the story of a couple under surveillance by the police…much deeper than that, but its hard to describe. It is Germany’s submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.
After the Q & A, B and I walked through the after party, got a sweet for the short walk home and mow we’re calling it a night! I have high hopes for this festival – its off to a great start!!!