They're five days into the Berlin International Film Festival and I've scarcely mentioned it. Oh, to have funds that would take us there. Nevertheless we can stargaze. Here's a random sampling of the celebrities working that roter teppich.
Michelle Williams favored black and white for the official events for Shutter Island in which she has a small but pivotal role, haunting the film from flashbacks and in hallucinations. Now that the movie is being reviewed I can tell you that I couldn't connect to it at all. A lot of those reviews are raves, but I'm definitely more in the Tim Robey camp here. I'd read the novel and it's maybe the most faithful adaptation I've ever seen... which isn't necessarily a good thing. I missed Scorsese's own cinematic voice. It felt too beholden to every description, gesture and page in the book. Given that it's a twist novel, knowing the twist before hand makes the experience inconsequential. It did for me at least.
David Kross stars in a true story about a German student who travels to Cambodia and falls for a woman there. No word yet on whether he takes a bath in her apartment or reads to her incessantly. The film, which just opened in Germany, is called Same Same But Different.
Renée Zellweger, red carpet staple, is at the festival... as a jury member. No word yet on which film Zeéeeee and the jury like. It's early still. Her next film is the disability weepie My Own Love Song (from the director of La Vie En Rose) so she's obviously still eyeballing that return trip to Oscar. Could that happen for her this year?
"The World's Biggest Movie Star" Shahrukh Khan was there to premiere My Name is Khan, which coincidentally also just opened in the States. I haven't seen enough Bollywood pictures to know whether or not he deserves the status as the guy. Have you?
World reknowned director Zhang Yimou (sans former muses Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi) hit the carpet to promote his latest Sam Qiang Pai an Jing Qi. The title translates to A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop which makes it sound like a comedy... but for the plot which is about a man out to murder his adulterous wife. Or some such.
Finally, can we safely agree that goddess Tilda Swinton is now the official mascot of all A list film festivals? Mascot doesn't sound hot enough. The Official Muse of A List Film Festivals! That's better.
Brain Twister: If a film festival opens, plays and closes and Tilda never once appears, did the film festival actually happen?
Interesting Side Note: Tilda is now a big enough star that the media notices who she brings to these things and is perplexed by it. Note to media types: Just because Tilda walks the carpet holding hands with someone you don't recognize, that does not mean that she's taken yet another lover. Tilda doesn't have time to maintain an entire harem of young men (gay or otherwise).
Where would she find the time? She makes a lot of movies, goes to a lot of film festivals, and surely spends at least one hour of every day immobile, paralyzed by the magnitude of her own fabulousity.