The 2008 Cambridge Film Festival has been a great experience, combining the usual programme of brilliant filmmaking at the Arts Picturehouse with a series of inspired events that took the festival out into Cambridge. It ended yesterday with what was probably the strongest programme of the festival, including sold-out screenings of Werner Herzog's Encounters At The End Of The World, Peter Greenaway's Nightwatching and of course the surprise movie.
Starting early last week, a list of predictions for the surprise movie appeared in the festival office and I got in there quickly with my guess: the Coen brothers' new comedy, Burn After Reading. The Tilda Swinton connection made it sound like a good guess, so I was very happy when the film rolled and proved me right. What a way to end the festival.
Festival director Tony Jones introduces the closing night gala, Encounters At The End Of The World:
Rajnesh Domalpalli, director of Vanaja:
Peter Greenaway, director of Nightwatching: