Today Dan and I headed south for the final day of the Cinequest film festival in San Jose. Unfortunately the first movie we wanted to see, The Island President, was cancelled for some untold reason. So instead we saw a documentary called Unfinished Spaces about the schools for the arts that Castro commissioned in Cuba right after the revolution. Schools for the people is what he wanted. Schools to showcase the arts. This project began in the late 1960s and has yet to be fully completed. A very interesting story told from the architects perspective.
We had about 45 minutes to kill before the closing night feature film, The Deep Blue Sea. We made a b-line for the bar at the Fairmont to grab a drink and a light bite. I just love the lounge in the Fairmont. Gives you a feeling that time has stood still. You’re not stuck in the past, nor in the future. But you are precisely where you should be in that moment. Nothing aging. Just perfect ambiance and character to sit and enjoy a drink.
The feature presentation was being held at the California Theatre (also where they hold the opera). I adore this theatre. 1927 architecture restored to its glory.
Cinequest put on a nice closing ceremony. Complete with winners of the art/painting contest, all the remaining artists came up and took a bow, and they had an on stage interview with Terence Davies, Maverick Spirit Award winner, and director of the feature film.
Finally, the film begins. It’s a bit hard to follow in the beginning. Very slow moving. I heard a dude snoring behind us, and quite loudly. The ever popular and traumatic tale of forbidden love gone wrong. I enjoyed it. Hate is a strong word, but Dan came close.