For the sheer immersive pleasure of it I saw Andrey Zvyagintsev‘s Leviathan this morning at Mason’s Hall Cinema. Not quite as cool as seeing it all big and wowser at the Salle Debussy last May, but certainly good enough. It’s 2:50 pm now. At 4 pm I’m seeing Robert Kenner‘s Merchants of Doubt at the Nugget. At 6:45 Alejandro G. Inarritu‘s Birdman (allegedly a big one) screens at the Werner Herzog. And then a Sony Pictures Classics gathering at La Marmotte; also a Fox Searchlight party at the Sheridan. Three films, two parties, three or four hours of filing time…that’ll do for today.

This year’s “Saturday Seminar” topic was “The Forty Year Pendulum” and the legacy of the ’70s. (l. to r.) Moderator Annette Insdorf, Alejandro Gonzelez Inarritu (Birdman), Volker Schlondorff, Francis Coppola, Ethan Hawke (Seymour: An Introduction).

(r.) Leviathan director-writer Andrey Zvyagintsev, (l.) producer Alexander Rodnyansky during q & a at Mason’s Hall Cinema — Saturday, 8.30, 12:25 pm

(l. to r.) Werner Herzog, Walter Murch, Annette Insdorf.