Is Oscar Listening?
Provincetown Film Festival Wrap-Up 2011
by Stephen Holt
Film Festivals are often most succinctly defined by their locations, and nothing is more distinctive than the glorious locale of the Provincetown International Film Festival, now in its’ 13th year. And growing in importance and prestige every year. This year’s honorees included Oscar Nominees Vera Farmiga and director Darren Aronofsky, for Achievement in Acting and Director on the Edge, respectively.
The tiny seaside community, perched on one of the easternmost tips of the U.S. of A. at the tail end of Cape Cod is virtually an island. Surrounded on three sides by water, it certainly feels like one. It is isolated from the mainland, difficult to reach, exotic as hell and delightful as heaven.
But the trip is definitely worth the trip.
This smart, sharp, challenging Festival never disappoints. All the films I saw there I can wholeheartedly recommend and applaud. I was waiting for a downside, or a bump in the road, and this year, there never was one.
And there may even be a couple of Oscar contenders in the mix. Is Oscar listening?