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two press screenings, restaurant lunch and some relaxation, SIFF opening night film and party

Today there were only two SIFF press screenings. (Technically, there were three, but the 2 pm film was restricted to press only.) So, I was able to use street parking, and I found a spot for $7.39, which beats the $15 price for usual all-day lot.

The morning film was beautiful but relentlessly melancholy. It was also quite long, almost a full two hours. Starting the second film at the usual time, noon, would not have allowed for the usual break between films, so instead it started at 12:15 pm. The second film was supposed to be a comedy, but after a pretty good opening scene it was only occasionally funny after a good opening. It was a real waste of talent; Juliette Binoche was great, but couldn't save the movie.

Because the 12:15 pm start time meant the second film ended a bit later than usual, I had to run to get back to the parking space to avoid getting a ticket for exceeding its four-hour time limit. Fortunately, the parking meter police weren't just waiting for my meter to expire, so I got back soon enough to avoid a citation.

I returned to Pacific Place and picked up not just "J", but also our friend "D". We had a late lunch near the opera house (where we saw a few other SIFF regulars), then went to D's home to relax for a while so we'd be adequately rested for the opening night festivities.

The opening night speeches were somewhat quicker than usual. Unfortunately, the opening night film was a boring disappointment. The most interesting character was the supporting male, not the lead. The film was another waste of talent.

After the film, the party was fun, although there was a lot of confusion among volunteers about the different rules that applied to people with all the different sorts of ticket classes.

Meanwhile back at home, "T" had a visitor, "L". They were both glad to see each other again.

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