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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

I saw 54 films at this year’s London Film Festival

There were 248 films on offer. So I managed to see a little over 20 percent of them.

During the four-week LFF press screening period (which ended yesterday), I also saw another 17 films that weren’t on at the festival. So, 71 films in four weeks.

I am exhausted. I don’t think I broke my brain, but I definitely sprained it.

Reviews to come…

  • LaSargenta

    Damn. Well, we are all looking forward to your thoughts on as many as you can share…no rush, though. Comfrey compresses on your eyes?

  • rosterri

    Wow, I admire your stamina!

  • althea

    Don’t you have to take somebody with you to help you walk when you leave the theatre?

  • No guests allowed at LFF press screenings.

  • Beowulf

    Wow. Great dedication. So, what was the best film you saw?
    If a different one, what was the best “Hollywood-type” film on display?

  • jencat

    Hee, I did 30 in the twelve days of public screenings this year and I thought that was insane enough (not press, so don’t even have the excuse of it being work. I just like to squish all my arthouse/indie for the year into two weeks and catch some previews). It does do odd things to your brain, but then your brain also gets kind of trained into expecting constant fixes of narrative after a while as well. It also leaves you too hyped to sleep when you get home, which isn’t ideal…

    I think the most you can physically do is 44 films with the public screenings (not taking into account all the running between venues. My god the running I did between venues..!).

  • LaSargenta

    What if you got them registered as a Service Animal? ;-)

  • Oh, I’m not sure I could pick favorites. *The Imitation Game* is excellent, in a Hollywood style. *White God,* a bizarre Hungarian black comedy/horror, might be my favorite overall. Or *The Keeping Room,* an American indie horror/action/drama. Or *A Second Chance,* an unforgettable Norwegian drama with an intense performance by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

  • They’d still take up a seat that isn’t there to spare. :-)

  • Beowulf

    Thank you.

  • RogerBW

    If I watch more than one film in a day, I try to make them very different sorts of film or I start conflating them in my thoughts. That’s an average of more than 2½ a day over the month… I really wouldn’t be able to do them justice.

  • They mostly were very different films.

    There were many three-movie days, and a few four-movie days. Three-movie days aren’t all that unusual for me, but usually there will be only one of those per week, not weeks *full* of them.

  • Arianna M

    Did you get to see Rosewater and Goodbye to language? Will these films be ranked accordingly?

  • Oh, for Christ’s sake. You’re Cupcakes/Rianna Esquivas. You’re banned. Please do not attempt to comment here again.

  • Bluejay

    Thought so.

  • bronxbee

    oh for — *her again!?*

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