So last night they have this interview programme on TV, where a woman is introducing the Reykjavík International Film Festival, which begins today.
YT: [idly, to EPI, over dinner] That’s funny, I thought the film festival wasn’t until next month.
EPI: [idly, to YT, chewing] No, it’s tomorrow. It starts tomorrow.
YT: Hm. I could have sworn it started next month.
[Fast-forward about 20 minutes. YT and EPI have fininshed dinner and are online, trying to find film festival programme. YT accesses site.]
[Sure enough, up in the corner: Iceland Film Festival – 26 October – 14 November.]
YT: … I just read this morning, Quentin Tarantino’s coming and that was s’posed to be in November.
EPI: OK, but what about that Iranian director? Click on the programme link…
[Iranian director not found. EPI and YT stare at screen in sheer confusion.]
EPI: [Slowly] Could there be… another festival?
YT: Pfft! Another festival? Two international film festivals in one month? – Don’t think so.
EPI: Yes, but the other one was a Reykjavík film festival.
EPI: Do a search.
Conclusion: there are two major film festivals on in the City of Reykjavík [pop. 179,000] within one month. The Reykjavík and the Icelandic. And not only that, but as regular readers may recall, there was also an Iceland Film Festival last spring. Count ‘em: three major international film festivals in one year.
Plus the week-long Reykjavík Jazz Festival is also kicking off today.
And as we know, the Reykjavík International Literature Festival has just finished.
Is it all a bit much?
[I think I’ll go crawl into bed with a book.]
AND THE WEATHER IS?
At this very moment, godawful. Seriously. Rain hammering against my windowpane, stormy and dark, wind gusts coming off the open sea that is just a block away. Glad to be inside, uh-huh. Unlike AAH, who has gone off at this late hour to the sun studio that is next to the video store that is next to Dominoes Pizza, that is just a couple blocks away. She’ll get soaked. But should dry out on the sun bench. Temps at the moment 3°C and daybreak 06.43, nightfall 19.51.