The MIFF 60 Films in 17 days blog-a-thon is a lot like eating a six-course dinner. I can account for this as I have now done both in the last month.
Something strange has happened, it’s 2am and I’m still awake. I do believe I’ve got my second wind, just in time to get me through the final weekend of MIFF. Yes it’s finally here, or sadly here, depending on the time of day you ask me I feel both excitement and sadness on the eve of the final two days of the festival.
MUBI is a MIFF partner this year and have a great selection of films playing on their site until August 7th, and the best part is they’re free! This may be a thorn in the side of anyone who has paid to see one of these films at the festival but for others unable to attend it means you can have a little piece of the festival in your very own lounge room.
Day 11 and 12 of the festival had me watching films about the French child protection unit, a husband and wife on a quest to look the same through plastic surgery, old men trying to net young lovers, a cheating husband leaving his family, a faithful wife searching for her husband’s illegitimate son, two musicians falling in and out of love, and finally a family comedy about a brother who acts before he thinks.
I was wondering at what point during the festival I would be brought to tears. Day Six is when the flood gates opened and it wasn’t until around 5pm that I fully recovered from the cause of those tears, Project Nim.
I’ve reached that point in the festival where I’m not entirely sure what day of the week it is at various points throughout the day, emerging bleary eyed into the ever-changing Melbourne weather.
They say one is the loneliest number, but in the case of my MIFF Day Four, one was just the right number.
Can you smell that? It’s the stench from the two bad films I saw on Day Three at MIFF.
All the coverage of Day Two of Melbourne International Film Festival.
And they’re off! It was a slow start to the 60 Films in 17 Days Melbourne International Film Festival blogathon for me, choosing to exchange my first booked in session for a sleep in – I could tell this was the attitude that would help me get through the following 17 days.