Other problems happening during the EU FILM FESTIVAL 2009 at SF WORLD CINEMA:
1.The showing of CITIZEN HAVEL, on Saturday, Nov 28, at 21.20 hrs, is plagued with many problems. First the film seemed to be shown “with DVD commentary on”, because you could hear an offscreen voice of a woman narrating something in Czech without English subtitles from time to time. You could see English subtitles on the screen when people who appear in the film say something. But nearly every five minutes you could hear an offscreen voice in Czech without English subtitles.
While I was watching this, I was not sure if there was an error happening or not, because I hadn’t seen this film before. I was not sure if the offscreen voice in Czech was caused by an error or not. However, after the film showing was interrupted at around 22.40 hrs and then started again at 23.15 hrs, some scenes in the film were shown for the second time, but without that offscreen voice. This means that the offscreen voice shouldn’t have been there in the first place. This means that the offscreen voice is actually “a DVD commentary”, not the original film. This DVD commentary disrupted the mood of the original film a lot, especially in the scene of the funeral. The funeral scene is originally quiet, but we in SF theater had to watch this scene with that offscreen voice.
2.After CITIZEN HAVEL was shown for about an hour, the DVD skipped back to the beginning. What is frustrating is that it took about 30-45 minutes to fix this problem. The projectionist seemed not to know for how long the film had been shown before the accident happened. I saw a Thai audience telling a staff of SF that he would volunteer to help the projectionist search for the scene which should be played, but the staff didn’t accept his help. And I think that is one of the reasons why the problem took about 40 minutes to be fixed.
3.At around midnight, the projector malfunctioned. There was no picture on the screen. It took about 10 minutes to fix this problem. After all these things, the showing of CITIZEN HAVEL, which should have ended at 23.30 hrs, actually ended at 24.30 hrs.
4.CINEMA 14 was shaken while CITIZEN HAVEL was shown. At first I thought someone kept kicking my seat, but there was no one sitting behind me. Later, I was told that there was a social event held nearby in Centara. The dance music played in that event shook CINEMA 14. But this is not a serious problem.
5.In the brochure, THE EXPEDITION LINNAEUS was supposed to be shown at 17.15 on Nov 26, and CORRIDOR #8 was supposed to be shown at 17.15 hrs on Nov 27, but when I went to buy the ticket, I found out that the showing of these two films would be at 16.15 hrs, instead of 17.15 hrs. I was fortunate to arrive at the theater at 16.00 hrs on Nov 26 and found out about this, or else I would have missed the chance to see THE EXPEDITION LINNAEUS.
6.GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE, which was shown on Friday, Nov 20, was shown with very wrong aspect ratio. Some other films shown on Nov 20 and Nov 21 were shown with slightly wrong aspect ratio. However, this problem was fixed after the first few days.
7.There was a 30-minute-long advertisement shown before the films during the first few days of the festival. This caused some troubles with the film schedule. However, this problem was fixed after the first few days. The advertisement was cut short to five minutes for the last few days of the festival.
8.The showing of ADVENTURERS on Tuesday, Nov 24, was interrupted near the end of the film. While we were watching the film, suddenly there was an advertisement appearing on the screen. This problem was fixed within 15 seconds, but it had already destroyed the mood of the ending scene.
9.CROSSED TRACKS, which was shown on Friday, Nov 27 at 19.40 hrs, was shown in film format, but with wrong aspect ratio or wrong lens in the first minute of the film, so we couldn’t read the English subtitles during the first minute. This may not be a serious problem, but I still hope it will not happen again.
10.This is just an amusing problem, not a serious problem:
It happened when I went to the ticket seller’s counter to buy a ticket for CITIZEN HAVEL.
“I want to buy a ticket for CITIZEN HAVEL.”
“2012?”, the ticket seller asked.
“No, CITIZEN HAVEL”
“FAREWELL?”, the ticket seller asked, thinking that I might want to buy a ticket for A FAREWELL TO HEMINGWAY.
“No, CITIZEN HAVEL”. I replied, and pointed to the word “CITIHAV” on her screen. That’s when I succeeded in buying this ticket.