“For me, filmmaking combines everything. That’s the reason I’ve made cinema my life’s work. In films, painting and literature, theatre and music come together. But a film is still a film.”
- Akira Kurosawa, filmmaker
Beginning this Friday at the Enzian, the Florida Film Festival will showcase 170 movies for ten days. They range in genre and scope, and there’s something for everybody as far as both films and events. Older classics such as “The Big Lebowski,” “Goldfinger,” and “Murder on the Orient Express” will be shown alongside more recent films such as the Academy Award nominated animated film “Ernest and Celestine.”
In addition to the many films, there are several panels to attend. One scheduled for this Saturday is called “Locally Fresh!” which is all about food; afterwards one can attend a farmer’s market outside of the cinema. What will mostly likely be the most anticipated panel is the “Filmmaker Forum,” moderated by Rollins College Professor Denise Cummings, scheduled for April 11th. Along with panels special guests will be appearing, including actress Susan Sarandon who will be in attendance for a Q&A on April 11th after a screening of the film Dead Man Walking.
Throughout the film festival there will be several parties held. This coming Monday is “Italian Cinema Night,” featuring two films and lots of Italian food. There’s also the “Filmmaker Welcome Party,” on April 10th and the “Awards Bash” on April 12th. Both Sundays also feature a “Sunday Brunch Buffet.”
So if you’re a film lover in the Orlando area this April, come on down to the Florida Film Festival.