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2009 “PACIFIC MERIDIAN” VLADIVOSTOK INT. FILM FESTIVAL – Day 7

OPENING NIGHT I’ve been met by cars at the airport before. I’ve often had smiling guides greet me at the airport. I’ve had some festivals demonstrate distinctive local greeting rituals. But Vladivostok is the only festival where I’ve been bear hugged by festival staff members* as I’ve cleared customs. It’s like a homecoming. My only […]

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2009 “PACIFIC MERIDIAN” VLADIVOSTOK INT. FILM FESTIVAL – Day 6

NOT SO CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE PRESS KIND The sun continues to shine in Vladivostok, but otherwise it’s been one of those days. After a hearty breakfast at the hotel and establishing that I could indeed use my laptop for free wi-fi in the press room (in room internet costs 200 rubles per hour), I […]

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2009 “PACIFIC MERIDIAN” VLADIVOSTOK INT. FILM FESTIVAL – Day 5

IT WAS ON THE GOOD SHIP PALLADA Having seen Departures at the Ocean Theatre (Not a dry eye in the house. Some of the toughest looking film festival attendees I’ve ever seen had tears in their eyes) and getting to bed around midnight, I was in better shape than some other festival guests (who had […]

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2009 “PACIFIC MERIDIAN” VLADIVOSTOK INT. FILM FESTIVAL – Day 4

I’VE GOT A LITTLE SONG AND IT WON’T TAKE LONG The moment you all (well hopefully some of you) have been waiting for. As pointed out in an earlier entry Berlin and Cannes to name but two film festivals have theme music. Cannes is a variation on the “Days of Heaven” theme. Berlin’s theme: I’m […]

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2009 “PACIFIC MERIDIAN” VLADIVOSTOK INT. FILM FESTIVAL – Day 3

STEADY AS A ROCK If there is a staple of the Vladivostok festival it is the annual appearance of Rock Brynner. Rock as the son of Yul Brynner who in turn is Vladivostok’s most famous son was invited to the first festival back in 2003 – and has come back every year since. Wearing his […]

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2009 “PACIFIC MERIDIAN” VLADIVOSTOK INT. FILM FESTIVAL – Day 2

BUILD A SHIP, SAIL TO SADNESS* Apologies for tardiness. It’s been a whirlwind. No sooner did I leave Vladivostok than I bounded into Brisbane for the Nominations Council deliberation week for APSA 2009. It was an intense week, full of rigorous debate, minimal name calling, and more eligible films than you could shake a stick […]

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2009 “PACIFIC MERIDIAN” VLADIVOSTOK INT. FILM FESTIVAL – Day 1

Russia? In the Asia-Pacific? Well yes actually… “But look – Vladivostok! We’ve flown seven hours and we’re still in Russia. It’s amazing. This is still Europe!” I was going to say, Europe? But I thought: no, this is too good to interrupt. – Paul Theroux listening to a drunken Englishman in Vladivostok in his book […]

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