The highlight of my moviegoing here at the Toronto International Film Festival so far has probably been Hal Hartley‘s “Fay Grim”, a follow-up to his 1998 film “Henry Fool” that picks up on the story of the title character, portrayed with vigor and zest by longtime indie “it” girl, Parker Posey. I can barely remember “Henry Fool,” but am anxious to go back and give it another look. I rode with Hal Hartley in his car back to his hotel this afternoon, as he prepared to head back to his new home, Berlin. For more on the film and the filmmaker, check out our latest festival dispatch
Also quite good is AJ Schnack‘s unconventional documentary about the late Kurt Cobain, its a sad and beautiful portrait told through previously unheard audio interview excerpts married with stunning images the people and settings of Aberdeen, Seattle and Olympia…with a terrific soundtrack of music that inspired him. Among the other films I’ve since in the past few days, I found both Christopher Guest‘s “For Your Consideration” and Philip Noyce‘s “Catch a Fire” mildly entertaining, but ultimately disappointing.
Finally, amidst the moviegoing, at indieWIRE we’ve also been trying to keep track of the market for films. In last night’s Toronto dispatch, I tried to make sense of this year’s marketplace and found that the getting an accurate snapshot of the proceedings is tough…opinions can vary greatly, depending on who you ask.