I’ll tackle this indirectly – or perhaps globally. What is it that has us heading back to Bologna each year, even when we keep saying this year wasn’t as good as last year? But everyone also agrees that nothing is as good as their first year.
There seem to be three things to do make it an addictive experience.
THE PLACE Bologna itself is a wonderful place to be familiar with. Of course, we mutter that it’s too hot at this time of the year – and when will the Jolly Cinema get effective air-conditioning. But it’s compact. You can change cinemas easily – even if scheduling sometimes thwarts you. The venues mean there’s lots of programming choices at any one time – even if you complain that there are too many and one programming strand rules out another you’d also like to follow. Then there are all the great places to eat, the atmosphere in the streets, and if you have time other exhibitions to visit. This year, I squeezed in (and it was a squeeze) three very different exhibitions – Edward Hopper, “Egyptian Splendour “ a rich collection of Ancient Egyptian items from the Leiden Collection, and a Street Art exhibition centred around Banksy.
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And the film from this year I most want to see again? Peau de Pêche from Marie Epstein and Jean Benoît-Levy.