Cinequest: Raising My Antennae
Finally, I managed to find some time to figure out what the Cinequest Film Festival is about. Yeah, I didn’t really choose the best time — weekday afternoon. The motley crowd was pretty small, but everyone seemed eager to check out what the festival had to offer. The hospitality lounge was nice enough, with snacks, drinks and laptops.
Ten minutes into La Antena (The Aerial), I realized that I had also not chosen a good movie. Rather, let me just say that it was not of my taste. Technically, this Argentinian movie was pretty neat; I have no complaints about that. The subject and treatment were just too wacky — fantasy-cum-satire, with a noir feel, in black and white and set in early 20th century Europe kind of environment. You get the idea. I had a few laughs too, but the movie was plain disappointing for me. Of course, Cinequest is about ‘maverick’ — I should have expected this.
I should have gone to watch Una Vida Mejor instead. Anyway, I’ll be back at Cinequest soon, with better luck hopefully.
Tail-piece: I learned about the 26th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, which will spend 3 of its 11 days in San Jose (March 21-23).
[Picture Courtesy: Cinequest]