Friday, June 3, 2016

The Film Festival Experience

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After watching Zoella's vlogs from Cannes a couple of years ago, one of my most unreasonable dreams is to one day go to the Cannes Film Festival. Luckily, even though I didn't get to jetset to France for this year's festivities, I got to participate in the Nashville Film Festival and absolutely loved the experience. I only saw two features -- one full length film and one series of shorts -- but I got to spend quite a bit of time in the VIP tent and saw a handful of red carpet interviews that were pretty entertaining. I felt like a classic zine-reading fashion-obsessed artsy girl every second I was there. When you're at a film festival the popcorn tastes better, the theatre seats feel more comfortable, and the movie goers are more passionate. To say the least: amidst all the rave around music festivals, I've fallen in love with film festivals.

The feature film I saw was Demimonde, a Hungarian drama about a prostitute and the people who surround her which, despite there not being an ounce of English (subtitles are God's gift to mankind), has become one of my favorite movies. Originally Demimonde felt reminiscent of The Grand Budapest Hotel (one of my favorite movies of all time). The muted color palette and mix of experienced emotions throughout the two hours can easily be likened to Wes Anderson's style of film making, but that's just about where the similarities end. Demimonde was beautiful and intrinsic in its own unique right. But regardless of which movie I saw, the experience of attending a film festival is one every self-proclaimed alt girl should pursue. From dramatic to hilarious, there's every type of film imaginable so that every fleeting mood can be satisfied. Unlike Cannes, most film festivals (including Nashville's) don't require black tie attire and a secured ticket 3 months in advance. Plus, the affordable pricing of film festival movie tickets make music festival seem as reasonably priced as a customized Ferrari. The life of an artistic soul can only be made more exciting by a week at a film festival. While the weekends of music festival shenanigans fall out of style, I suggest you jump on the film festival bandwagon and do so soon.

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