This year was weird because September 11th happened right in the middle of the festival. It nearly got cancelled, and nobody was in the mood to celebrate.
I got to see a really great movie called Samsara about a Tibetan monk (yes,yes, artsy-fartsy, that's my middle name...). If you have a chance it's really beautiful and I think you';ll like it. I had a chance to chat with the director too so I might be a bit biased.
I indulged in only one commercial movie this year: Prozac Nation starring Christina Ricci and Jessica Lange. If you are sick of the old navel-gazing, 2 hours on the shrink's couch type of movie, then don't see it. The characters are all pretty dispicable but it made an interesting statement. I've been watching C.Ricci's career for a while, and I'm always rooting for her, but she always disappoints. This time however, she had an excellent performance, and it wouldn't surprise me if she got rewarded for it.
Isa, if you like Asian films, have you seen "In the mood for love"?
I'd be curious to know what you thought of it...