NYFF ’06 – Days In The Dark

IMG_0226.jpgToronto, New York Film Festival, Woodstock, The Hamptons, AFI Fest, AFM, Denver, London… add those up with the new Fall TV season and it’s enough to make a guy go all jibber jabber (extra points if anyone can name that reference)! Having recently returned from Toronto, I find myself trying to catch up on my writing and my TV while simultaneously trying to plan the next 3 months of festivals and other travel. (I need to go on a mileage run later in the year. Anyone care to join me?)
Starting Monday, the press screenings for the 44th New York Film Festival kick into high gear, with fourteen screenings next week alone. There are ten more the following week and seven more the week after that. Are we crazy, or what? Don’t forget that stuck in there is the NYFF Opening Night gala screening of Stephen Frears’ The Queen followed by the official and always fun after party at Tavern on the Green and the “turn it up a notch” after-after party. Maybe this year will be my first in ten where I make it to the food at Tavern in time to get the seared tuna before it’s all gone. I swear people have been lying to me for a decade, cuz I have never seen it there. Not once.

Next week’s screening highlights for me: Marc Recha’s August Days, a screening of Alberto Lattuada’s 1962 Italian comedy Mafioso and Belle Toujours from Portuguese nonagenarian legend Manoel de Oliveira, a sequel, of sorts, to Luis Buñuel’s Belle du Jour. That’s Monday. Tuesday brings another troika with Offside, Jafar Panahi’s story of female soccer fans in modern Iran followed by Abderrahmane Sissako’s Bamako and Otar Iosseliani’s Gardens in Autumn. Thank got Wednesday and Thursday are only one-a-days for me. That said, seeing films back to back to back is not exactly the worst way to spend one’s day.
Below, enjoy some pix from last year’s woderful NYFF opening night, in preparation for this year’s fiesta!
George Clooney shoots his cuffs while entertaining the crowd.
A lovely vision: Filmmaker Chai Vasarhelyi (A Normal Life and an upcoming doc on Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour) with the IFC Center’s Katie Trainor outside last year’s after-after party at Village restaurant.
The inside of Village at 4:30am. We shut that mother down, yo!

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