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Film Festival

Posted by Ed on March 26, 2006

So, that was it then. The last ten days or so have been filled by the 30th Cleveland International Film Festival. It was an amazing few days and my hat goes off to the organisers for their excellent choice of films as well as the day-to-day running of the festival. I saw about half a dozen of the very many films on offer, and they were mostly very good.

Of particular note was Portrait of a Lady Faraway, from Iran. A young woman rolls the dice, and dials the numbers that come up to ask for help. The night-long journey that follows takes a man back through his difficult past in a (sometimes confusing) mix of memory, dreams, fantasy and reality. The story is compelling, though, and the performances and cinematography are excellent.

My favourite film of the festival though was Tapas, from Spain, about the intertwined lives of a group of people surrounding a Tapas bar. It was moving, intriguing, funny and unsentimental. Highly recommended.


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