Cary Fukunaga (SIN NOMBRE) rode the rails with illegal immigrants in Mexico… Sophie Barthes (COLD SOULS) had a dream about Woody Allen and a chickpea in a box… And Cruz Angeles (DON’T LET ME DROWN) overheard a group of Albanian teenagers in New York City cracking jokes about 9/11…
The Festival has something of the miraculous about it. Not only is the orchestration of so many screenings and events in so many venues a marvel but it occurred to me that, having picked movies in a fairly random fashion,
I have seen encountered a diverse bunch of films and filmmakers. Black, white, Asian, Latino, gay, straight. For that to happen by no design at all is impressive.
Focusfeatures CEO James Schamus is a tad late to the Festival this year due to a bug. But what’s really bugging him is the amount of prognosticating about sales and the state of film financing that goes on in advance of the event. “We have layered over the possibility of any new experience we might have with this ongoing discourse,” he laments.