The film festival is here again. A few negative changes from previous years: apparently no "trailers" this year (one of the best features of previous VIFFs), nothing but junk food at the concessions (they used to have fruit and veggie bowls!) and a management policy that makes patrons with successive films in the same theatre leave the theatre in between, for no apparent reason (they used to let you stay put and read or whatever).
The films: so far, so good.
Sawako Decides. OK film, with a few good funny bits, but a bit slow-paced (and thus too long), and with a bit too much histrionics for my taste.
Lucky. I chose this one as a "filler" between the other two, but it turned out to be a quite interesting documentary on the effects of a lottery win on the winners' lives. Somewhat gratifying that the winner most in control of his current life is a former mathematics professor. The best line in the film: "Winning the lottery is like adding Miracle Gro to all your short-comings."
Pinoy Sunday. Pretty funny film centred around trying to get a couch across the city of Taipei. The best of the three.
The next three are on Monday.