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Friday 10, February 2011


How long has it been since there was a Berlin International Film Festival
without snow? It is mild outside so it feels very hot inside the building.

Tonight’s opening film will be the Coen brothers latest film
“True Grit”. The tickets for huge cinema have already sold out.
I think it is perfect that the brothers are doing a stage greeting. 

Lots of mega-stars are arriving for this festival,
which is one of the big three international film festivals in the world.
Everybody wants to see the stars on the Red Carpet
at least once in their lifetime.

Don’t worry. 

We can see the press conference for the official screening films
and the live performances on the film festival website.
Actually although we are here in Berlin and
very near the main festival theatre you can see everything
just as well over the internet live streaming.

I wrote in a previous blog “Hollywood Pay Attention!”.
J.C. Chandor has arrived in Berlin.
Tomorrow morning (local time) he has
his press conference and photo-call.
Berlin International Film Festival official website
live streaming schedule:

11/2 (Berlin local time)
MARGIN CALL by J.C. Chandor
10.50 Photo-call
11.00 Press Conference

MARGIN CALL by J.C. Chandor
19.00 to 19.30 Red carpet

By the way, the film market is unusually quiet.
It seems that the Asian buyers are altogether non-existent.
In spite of it being the first day, the attendees are very, very few.
Each countries sales agents said, in chorus,
“Business is dead”, and looked very bored.

Meanwhile, I heard about a film that does
not sound commercially viable.
It is a Portuguese film, which tells the fascinating tale of
the life of Fado singer, Amália Rodrigues.
So I thought it would not be profitable as a film about fado
music seems to be only for the hard-core fans.
Then” I’ll tell you a secret if it is unsold on the last day of the market”. I said it suggestively and left it there.

Fado was born in the port town of Lisbon.
The city still has the atmosphere of traditional
downtown neighbourhoods, where for example,
old women cook beside their kitchen doors.

In a way Fado has a lot in common with the
Japanese Enka song, which is a traditional style of Japanese popular song.
It’s like a folk song born of the local land,
which deeply effects the people’s emotions and is beautiful.

Although very few people go out of their way
to visit Lisbon to hear Amalia’s singing,
if we could see and hear her on screen,
I think we would find and treasure the feeling that although
“the world is wide, it is not a stranger”.

I hope we can see many more films from
around the world that make us light-hearted.

However, putting that all to one side,
I am so sleepy due to jet-lag.