This weekend is the 10th annual FilmColumbia Festival.   The festival is one of the most highly anticipated cultural events of the county (that’s county, folks, not country).  It was started in 2000 by the Chatham Film Club and is currently run by journalist and cinephile Peter Biskind.  This year they’ve got over 30 screenings, panels, readings and parties.

Here’s a peak at some of the lineup:

  • Precious, early Oscar buzz, starring Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe.  Look for a HUGE feature on it in this week’s NYTimes Magazine.
  • The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Heath Ledger’s last (half-completed) film, directed by Terry Gilliam.  Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law complete Heath’s role in the second half of the film.
  • The Men Who Stare At Goats, starring George Clooney.   What is this film? Is anyone as confused as I am? 
  • The Maid, this year’s Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance.
  • The White Ribbon, the latest from Michael Haneke, one of my favorite foreign filmmakers.
  • An Education, Dogme 95 meets Nick Hornby.  Literally.

There’s also the Coen Brothers, Barack Obama, Queen Victoria and Doctors Without Borders. 

Anuj and I had a great time last year – we saw a few films, including The Class, one of our favorites of the year.

Screenings for this year’s festival start tomorrow night.  Go!  (Or should I say, “Come!”)