Whilst everyone else tries to get into films at the annual orgy... I mean Film Festival that is Cannes, I have been at home enjoying being able to watch films without queueing up forever and drinking tea without having to apply a second mortgage to be able to afford it.
To be honest, I sort of miss Cannes as there seem to be some good films there this year (the new Haneke, Reygadas and many others all have has some positive reviews) and - more importantly - some close friends who would be good to catch up with. But I am sure that the festival has managed to struggle on without me like the plucky old thing that it is.
Even though I wasn't there, I did some stuff for the Screen International Cannes Dailies and Cannes Market News. You can read about the Estonian Film Industry HERE and HERE whilst I take a look at the Latvian film industry HERE
And who need Cannes when you have Krakow and 2Annas. I am going to be heading to the Krakow Film Festival - for the 9th or 10th time now - to do a panel called GET WITH THE PROGRAMME in which me and a load of other festival programmers talk about what we do. So, you know, come along. No heckling though. Read about the rest of the fest HERE. I am then heading to Riga where I will be on the jury of the Riga International Film Festival 2Annas which is also ace. So, if you're there, come and say hello and bring bribes! (Notice: This is a joke and I am completely unbribable. Damn me and my ethics).
On writing news, I have written a big piece for The Avengers (which I enjoyed immensley) over at Eesti Ekspress. It's in Estonian and currently behind their paywall but try it HERE - I will post the English translation at some time in the future.
I also reviewed two films I loved as they came out on DVD, namely HAYWIRE and TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS.
And I also reviewed a book about the GARBAGE PAIL KIDS - as you do
So, see you in Poland and Latvia. Or somewhere else.