Ebertfest: Final Day
Sunday April 26th: I had all kinds of logistical issues on this day: noon checkout, noon movie, two pieces of luggage, an Ebertfest tote bag full of books, exhaustion, and an 8P.M. train departure. What to do? What to do from 2P.M. – 8P.M.? (remember the noon check out) Well, like everything else on this trip, it all worked out for the best.
Oh you can do check out at 7:30P.M. for a small fee –
and it was small and well worth the convenience. I left my bags in the room until my departure for the train.
And so I slipped into the darkness of the theater a bit late. I grabbed my seat and took a journey through the wondrous world that is our planet – via our wonderful last film: Baraka.
Baraka is a non verbal meditation of our planet. It shows us its spaces (both natural and man made) and its inhabitants (at work and at play) performing various rituals and traditions: both ancient and modern, sacred and mundane.
The film carried us through various landscapes, churches, ruins, religious ceremonies, and cities buzzing with life. It was filmed using time-lapse photography in order to capture the great pulse of humanity as it flocks and swarms in daily activity and also featured many long tracking shots that really put the viewer in the time and space depicted. It was truly magnificent and a beautiful celebration of our planet and the diversity of its inhabitants.
The movie was filmed at 152 locations in 24 countries – an awesome achievement considering the size of the camera 70 millimeter (HUGE) and crew (only a five person crew.)
More details of my final day at Eberfest, as well as my overall impressions coming soon…
Gotta run out to meet friends in Chicago at BFF Barb’s play!!