Tales From the Festivals

Illustration: Jared Chapman

Bernard and Barker estimate they spend 100 days a year on the road searching for the next great film.

► SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Favorite Place to Eat
Bernard:
The cafeteria at the Deer Valley Resort.

Best Place to Stay
Bernard:
The Stein Eriksen Lodge, but we never stay there; it's too expensive.

Best Place For a Deal
Bernard:
The coffee shop in the Yarrow Hotel.

Best Shopping
Bernard:
Sports Authority, because you always need something warmer to wear while standing outside and wading through the crowds to try to get into a film.

Memorable Moments
Barker:
Having dinner with Todd Solondz's parents and siblings after we screened Welcome to the Dollhouse in 1996.
Bernard: After screening Larry Charles' Masked and Anonymous at the Eccles in 2003, Michael and I hung out with Bob Dylan all night at the afterparty.

BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

Favorite Place to Eat
Barker
: A Wiener schnitzel and a Weizen bier at the old Cafe Einstein in West Berlin.

Best Place to Stay
Barker
: The Kempinski Hotel in the West even though the festival is in the East. Old habits die hard.

Best Shopping
Barker
: Forget shopping; go to the museums as they are the best in the world. Start with the Pergamon, then head to the Modern Art Museum near the festival. James Schamus and I entered into discussions on the new screenplay he was writing with Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, while visiting the Damien Hirst exhibit at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum.

Memorable Moment
Barker
: Watching The Thin Red Line in 1999 and applauding a modest Terrence Malick onstage afterward.

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Favorite Place to Eat
Barker
: For breakfast, Cannelle, a tiny restaurant behind bushes on the side of the Gray d'Albion Hotel. It's close to everything yet easy to hide there.

Where We Stay
Barker:
In the same room at the Carlton every year since 1983. A nightclub opened next door a few years ago, so now I come prepared with earplugs.

On Bikes
Barker:
No one can get around Cannes like Tom on a bicycle. He used to ride down the Croisette in his tux to the red carpet and lock his bike next to where the limos pull up.

Memorable Moments
Bernard
: Watching Crouching Tiger slay the audience at the 2000 premiere.
Barker: Having lunch with Akira Kurosawa at the Eden Roc restaurant with Madonna at the next table. It was surreal.

TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL

Favorite Places to Eat
Barker
: 221 Oak is a great restaurant to be with filmmakers. The people who run it are great.
Bernard: The only constant is the hotdog stand in the park; it's pretty good.

Best Theater
Barker:
The small jewel box of a theater, the Sheridan Opera House. It is easy to imagine Sarah Bernhardt performing for cowboys and miners more than a hundred years ago. It's a great place to see a movie, especially the silents with an orchestra.

Best Place For a Deal
Bernard:
On the gondola over the mountain … it's a long ride.

Memorable Moment
Bernard
: Piling Ang Lee's family into an SUV and driving them to the waterfalls at the top of the mountain near town to take family photos. To this day, those photos are on a table in his den.

TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL

Favorite Place to Eat
Barker:
Bistro 990 is like home for us during the festival. The food and the ambience are perfect, and the people are always happy to see you. There was one year where we had dinner there every night of the festival.

Best Theater
Barker:
The Elgin has given us so many successful premieres. It is the movie palace we went to when we were kids. The Garden Theater, which sits on top of the Elgin, is also amazing. You can feel the ghosts there.

Memorable Moments
Bernard
: Marcie Bloom and I decided to stay until the end of the 1992 festival and see Orlando, which we promptly bought.
Barker: For as long as I've known him, Tom has been unavailable on festival Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You will find him playing hockey at the Bill Bolton Arena.

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