Monday, February 26, 2007

Sorpresa, sorpresa

My initial reaction was surprise, but then it turned to resignation and frustration as a filmie.
Germany's "Lives of Others" pulled what is considered an upset over Mexico's "Pan's Labyrinth" as Best Foreign Language Film. Mexico has yet to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after six previous tries. This film by director Guillermo del Toro was considered to be "the time."
Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (at left) pulled out the win in his first feature film after previous success in short films and television work.
So, why the frustration and resignation? Most of us never had the chance to see "Lives of Others." It only opened in this region on Friday, see previous blog. It doesn't open in Fort Worth until a "special screening" at the Modern Art Museum in March.
Maybe it's the better film. But most of us dont' know. Instead we're left with the sinking feeling that an opportunity was missed, both ours and Mexio's.