Finally made it to Florida Film Festival in Orlando…ten days, 170 films at three theaters in Maitland, just north of Winter Park and the metropolis of Orlando. Just saw Ida at the lovely Enzian Theater. The beautifully shot, compelling film follows a young Jewish girl contemplating joining a convent, but not before embarking on a journey to find her roots and explore life outside the convent where she was raised in bleak Poland.
It’s wonderful to see crowds of film goers clustered around the lovely grounds and Eden Bar here…23 years, supportive sponsors and dedicated audiences are clearly a formula for success. The Enzian, a dinner theater with tables and couches in addition to festival seating provides a perfect venue for the festival, too.
Tonight’s features include a Filmmaker Welcome Party (invitation only) and a series of enticing shorts titled Love. Tomorrow’s big highlights are a chat with Susan Sarandon following a screening of Deadman Walking (standing room only) and and Industry Party. It’s not too late to catch three more days and nights of films and parties…come check it out: www.floridafilmfestival.com