I tried to get into two Sonoma Film Festival screenings yesterday afternoon but the rooms were sold out. Many of the venues here (mid-sized rooms adjacent to libraries or pubs) have only 40 or 60 or 80 seats. If you’re a press person at a smallish festival you can usually arrive late and get a seat but not here. I finally succeeded with a 6:15 pm screening of Ursula Meier‘s Sister, which I caught at Cannes last year. I just wanted to see something that I know is solid and intriguing and well-made.

I first saw cups like this about five or six years ago at the Carlton Beach restaurant during the Cannes Film Festival. They were for sale yesterday at a Sonoma kitchenware shop for $16 and change so what the hell — cheap.