September 16, 2017.
I am.. or rather was... on holiday, and clearly not doing any premieres. Oh, sure, I had part of 3 days in Berlin and I *always* check to see if anything is on in the German capital while I'm in town (there wasn't). But Riga in Latvia? Hardly...
Here's how it went down...
... and so I watched the movie. I'll be honest, for an 80 minute movie, the first hour was a strange and problematic for me,... and it got increasingly MORE strange as a viewing experience. And again if I'm honest, I can't say I had any real faith that it would have any point, or resolve itself in any way, or even decide what it was about (or even whether it wanted to be about anything!). However, to my genuine surprise, the movie DID have a point, and it did have a resolution, and it was actually (I feel) a pretty damn good one, about cultural appropriation and coolness versus thugness, and how you can be a hero in your mind while simultaneously being an utter A$$hole in everybody else's.... and a bit more than that too.
Overall, it was a very good experience, more so for the random coolness of it, and I would recommend watching it and staying with it though the oddness, because though it takes its time and is very weird at times, it definitely makes its point and gets there in the end.
So that was certainly something randomly cool to experience in a foreign city. I do call it a premiere (I can't find my notes, but I think they did have "Balkan Premiere" noted somewhere. As such, it does go into my "Archive of Movie Premieres" in place of 'Borg vs McEnroe" - the premiere I missed in London while I was away.
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