Well today started off like any other day: After a night of partying until 4-something in the morning, my roommate and I woke up at 8am for the morning ticket rush. There were two big films premiering at the Grand Lumiere today—Inside Llewin Davis by the Cohen Brothers and Borgman, a Dutch thriller by Alex Van Warmerdam. As I just confirmed today, and had prior suspicions about when other big films were going sold out immediately, the festival badges are structured into seniority brackets. These brackets are based on number of years attending the festival and how much money you are spending on buying/selling films within the last year. So naturally, I get shit. CMF is in group 7, meaning there are 6 other groups of people able to reserve tickets ahead of us. Which sucks—meaning the Cohen Brothers premiere was all but impossible to attend. So instead, we all chose Borgman.
Today we spent the morning walking around the Marche and Palais exploring. Dan acted as if he was someone important, and I followed with my camera; as if shooting a documentary. It was surprising how much an entorage with camera instantly bumps up your status at the festival. We just happened to know “Jarad,” who happened to somehow be on the list at every VIP room. Eventually though, they caught on—and kicked us out of the VIP wine lounge on the roof.
Oh yea…we ran into Justin Timberlake today.