Giveaway: The Elements of In-Between

Saturday, 7 May 2011

the elements of in-between

I didn't win the Sydney Writers' Centre blog competition, but I've been blown away by the support everyone has shown me. Truly, you guys are the best. So I wanted to say a small thank you in the form of a giveaway. I'm afraid the only thing I have to offer are my words, so I'm giving away a paperback copy of my book with Amy, The Elements of In-Between.

To enter, please leave a comment telling me your favourite film (since the book is about films). This giveaway is open to everyone. I will select a winner at random on Friday. Good luck and thanks again everyone!

52 comments:

tébé said...

Hi!
I still love 2001: A Space Odyssey. When I was little, I could not get enough of that movie:-)

Ella said...

though you didn't win, it's still rather wonderful that you made it that far; what an honor! :)

my favorite film is a tie between annie hall and lost in translation. :)

Daria said...

Would love to have a copy of your book! My favourite is The Darjeeling Limited - if I'm ever feeling sad I watch that film and it picks me up.

The Yeti said...

I'm so glad you went for it! There are just too many great movies. My favorite at this passing moment would have to be The Big Lebowski - if only for its exceeding quotability.

C said...

Aw, it's too bad you didn't win-- you had my vote! Your blog definitely has some of the best writing I've seen online.

I'm always at a loss when people ask me about my favourite film, because I love so many for different reasons. I guess a movie that I've seen countless times since I was young is The Princess Bride-- not at all an original answer, but it's such a comforting classic. Even after so many viewings I still find it funny and charming. I'm also a big fan of Thank You For Smoking.

Allella said...

It is a hard thing, to single out among the many films I have loved, but perhaps the most favourite of my films has been La Vita e Bella, as no other film has made me laugh one moment, and cry the next.

Katie said...

Is it even possible to pick just one? Dead Poets Society make me cry every single time; I can watch Grey Gardens over and over again; Amélie is the probably the one I enjoyed the most when I least expected it.

I do wish you had won, you deserve it, Hila!

wingeddeer said...

sorry you didn't win, you deserved it!

my favorite film has been Godart's Bande à Part (Band of Outsiders) for a long while, even though I've loved many more too...

SJ said...

there were a lot of blogs to compete with, sorry you didn't win.

ummmm, 'lost in translation' comes in first. there's something wistful and melancholy about it and i have always desperately wanted to go to japan so i like living vicariously through this movie. plus i just love bill murray :)

Tana said...

I`m a little bit disappointed that you didn`t win, but now you will do the series about writing, that`s somehow the result of the competition ^^)(and i`m sure it will be pure pleasure to read them)
one of my favourite films is "Coffee and Cigarettes"
Have a great weekend!

heleen said...

'the only thing I have to offer are my words' AH that sounds so self-deprecating while it is an amazing thing to just give away like that!

My favourite movie... Mmm. Well, this year I started studying History of Film (along with Theatre and Literature) so I've been introduced to many new films in the course of just a few months. One of my newly acquired favourites is Repulsion (1965, Roman Polanski) for its uncanny atmosphere and frightening dream sequences. I also like German Expressionism, of which 'Das Kabinet der Dr. Caligari' is obviously the epitome.
More recently-made favourites would have to include Das Leben der Anderen (2006, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck), La science des rêves (2006, Michel Gondry) and Antichrist (2009, Lars von Trier).

Ringo, have a banana! said...

I don't think I'll ever be able to chose an ultimate favorite, but a recent favorite is "My Life as a Dog". The story is so sweet and the scenery, oh the scenery...

Eliza said...

oh this is fantastic! i would love a copy of your book, so, so much. my favourite movie is doubtlessly amélie. it changed many things in my when i saw it for the first time, and i feel at home whenever i watch it, the warmth and truth in it brings my emotions to the brim.

my e-mail is fadingwords@gmail.com x

Lovisa said...

I'm sorry you didn't win though you did make it quite a bit! c:

Concerning my favorite movie, it is is such a difficult question! For me it is a tie between Somewhere and Lost in Translation both by Sofia Coppola. What I'm drawn to besides the beautiful stories and personality among the characters is the way that she plays with the filming. The scenes are just a bit too long and with "wrong" cropping. I love them because they are the perfect mix of esthetic and story-wise beauty.

If Jane said...

i am so sorry that you didn't win! next year hila next year!!!
oh there are so many films i love for so many reasons...but since werner herzog is currently buzzing through my head and philiosphy...i must say his 1971 documentary " Land of Silence and Darkness". the heroine, Fini Straubinger, is a blind and deaf woman whose job is to help others similarly afflicted..the film speaks of humanity and communication. (i get emotional when i see it...so words fail me...but love that herzog's great films can do that...capture the real essence of cinema!!) xxn

a butterfly said...

sorry that you didn't win!

i would love to own a copy of your book but what a difficult question....thinking for a long time but i haven't managed to decide between the elegance of the hedgehog or copacabana with isabelle huppert..love them both :)

Ylenia said...

I think this giveaway is a true treasure! it's something unique and unusual and made with love.

One of myu favourite films ever is Gone with the wind: it's an amazing movie I'll never be fed up to watch and feel inspired with!

Ylenia from http://longuette.blogspot.com

ciao!

Caitlin Rose said...

Oh it's too bad you didn't win, but I'm glad you still got a lot of votes.

As for my favourite film, geeze that's a pretty hard one. Maybe I'll list a few that I really love (hopefully that won't disqualify me : )

Pride and Prejudice (the colin firth one)
A Very Long Engagement
Clueless
The Piano

I think I'll stop there, but I love so many others.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I like so many films. There are some I return to again and again, when in certain moods. Three that come to mind are Stealing Beauty, Enchanted April, and In the Mood for Love.

I also love a little short that accompanies The Criterion Collection version of Eric Rohmer's Suzanne's Career. Charlotte and Her Steak is another excellent Rohmer short film Criterion included in their Six Moral Tales set. Nadja remains my favorite.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

oops, i didn't say the name of the little short that accompanies suzanne's career. it's Nadja in Paris.

Sophia said...

it's silly but i can watch 10 Things I Hate About You over and over....

Sophia_Renda@Brown.edu

Allie said...

My favorite film is "The Philadelphia Story," starring Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart

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annelouiselikes said...

i - like many others - have an answer to this question, but really; it is too hard to choose.

nevertheless, i absolutely adore ferris bueller's day off. funny and touching and sweet and over-the-top yet somehow completely believable and lovable. and it always makes me feel happy, really happy.

there are move moving and poignant and important films out there, true. but the innocence and warmth of this film gets me every time.

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sorry that you didn't win - how many entries were there!? - but yours truly is a wonderful blog, and it is your writing that sets it apart. please be encouraged by all your support!

Maggie said...

Hard to decide--but I think it is "The Secret of Roan Inish"--it always makes me feel so calm and peaceful, plus it is just a beautifully filmed movie.

Victoria said...

I love this comment thread! There are so many movies I need to see.

I love Fritz Lang's Metropolis. I don't know if it's my all-time favorite, but it's one that I keep coming back to.

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

Oh, you should have won!

It's so hard to chose one film from about 10 core favourites, but I must admit, the film I've watched more than any other is Breakfast at Tiffany's - such a major cliche to say that, but the familiarity is so comforting. I think I could recite the entire script without prompting.

Danielle P. said...

I'm so sorry you didn't win the competition — but look, you have a book! And you're giving a copy away! :-)

My favourite movie is "Jean de Florette"/"Manon des Sources" by Claude Berri. (Yes, technically these are two movies, but one can't exist without the other!) I must have watched them 20 times at least, and each time I notice a new detail or a nuance that had somehow escaped me. They're filled with both simple happiness and deep sadness, moments of great beauty and of ugliness. (The Pagnol novels that served as a basis for the movies are also among my best-loved works.)

chloe said...

well most recently "il postino" and "la double vie de véronique", whose worlds I would creep into and live in if I could! (:

Niina said...

I think my favourite film is annie hall, but then again on other days it's amelie. I can't make up my mind! I think you didn't win because you're out of their league ;-)

fluidimaginings said...

My favourite film is the Castle of Cagliostro. It reminds me of being a teenager.

Amelia said...

My favorite film is Amelie. I think I re-saw it at least 4 times. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't win. :(

Alyce said...

favorite film... hmmmm...I will have to go with Goonies! Well not because of it's incredible filmography or amazing actors more because it takes me back to a place in my childhood. My siblings and myself totally believed that one eyed willy existed and we were constantly looking for buried treasure. Ha!

Danielle said...

my favorite film is the hours. but is really hard to choose one. (i like amelie, sylvia, black swan, girl interrupted, the double life of veronique, silk, bright star too).

Siubhan said...

That's bad luck - but as you said, there were an awful lot of power players in the line up - you certainly deserved to have won!

As for favourite films, they change depending on my mood, but 'Amelie' (as mentioned so many times above!) is a constant; for sheer loveliness though I might choose 'My Neighbour Totoro' and for something more serious, perhaps 'The Lives of Others'.

aldrin said...

indiana jones & the last crusade. you will win the next time around :)

odessa said...

oh, i'm so sorry you didn't win. but you're such a good sport about it. i'm sure other opportunities that will come for someone as talented as you.

as for favorite movie, it's a toss up between amelie and bright star. :)

Emily Vanessa said...

So sorry you didn't win because I really think you deserve it and I voted for you but I'm sure you'll get another chance. Lovely giveaway, my favourite film is perhaps Chinatown for its perfect portrayal of L.A, the stunning film noir and wonderful acting.

Christine said...

Sorry you didn't win but what a lovely gift to share with your readers. My favorite is probably Billy Wilder's The Apartment. I love that time period in NYC and it's funny, sweet, sentimental, and socially relevant all at the same time.

andrea despot said...

there are so many films that i absolutely love, but i always go back to bernardo bertolucci's "stealing beauty" with liv tyler.

i've long loved italy, though i've never been, and i'd love to have my own private love affair with that country. the movie satiates my love for it! the tuscan countryside, the make-up free liv tyler, the food, the wine, the sex, the bohemian lifestyle, the art... but most of all, the views. i've watched it so many times and i never tire of it...

M Ng said...

Hi,

A recent favorite is The Limits of Control, but I would guess that the most-rewatched movie in this apartment is Annie Hall.

Thanks for the giveaway.

lizzie said...

it's so hard to pick...i love movies that make me feel a certain way. pulp fiction makes me feel like a badass. persepolis makes me feel like a better, more informed citizen. shaun of the dead makes me feel like my insides hurt from laughing. big lebowski makes me feel like i want more adventure. leon the professional makes me feel sympathetic toward some serial killers. wait...yeah, i guess, i'll leave that, ha.

anyway, i love all movies.

Cassandra said...

There are some really good films in these comments to be added to my 'to be watched' list. The one I love and keep coming back to time and time again is Three Colours: Blue. Such an interesting concept and so beautifully captured.

S. Bohde said...

You should have won! I love your writing..

One of my favorite films is "Splendor in the Grass" with a young Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood. The movie chronicles young love, though it’s anything but innocent: it touches on such topics as mental illness, economic division and class roles, passion, family dynamics and influence, expectation, abortion and alcoholism.

It’s a story of love, heartbreak, and ultimately, healing (if not happiness). It’s a coming-of-age story, with a twist. And it's beautiful.

the dizzle said...

boo on not winning - i think your blog is def unique, plus also beautiful and interesting to read.

my favorite film that i could watch over and over is probably eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.

my favorite film of all time that i don't think i could watch over and over but really left an impact on me from the way it was shot, the small details and references, the story line & yes, also the controversy surrounding a certain scene is probably irreversible.

Galit said...

I'm so proud of you for being in the competition! I think it's great and will open doors for other competitions, maybe better in their focus.

Can I enter although I already have a copy? :) I would be so happy to have another one as a present for a friend!
My favorite films are In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai) and Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)

marta said...

its quite a cliche but i love the virgin suicides

have you read the other book of Eugenides, Middlesex? I thinks it's even better

Niina said...

Oh, and I´d like to add one more: Sally Potter´s Orlando.

Danielle said...

My favorite film is Before Sunrise. xx

maura said...

i have to admit my favorite movie is the fifth element. it has just the right amount of humor, action, beauty, and fantastic costuming to grab my attention. i watch it at least once a year, never tire of it.

Rambling Tart said...

I'm sad you didn't win cuz I voted for you! But so happy you're still being creative and sharing wonderful things with us cuz we treasure you!!! My favorite movie? Can I do a series? Harry Potter. :-) Growing up it was Ronin. Over and over again with my three brothers. :-)

See Hear Say said...

you SHOULD have won!! can i still enter the giveaway?

my fave movie of all time is still amelie. but can i add more faves? i also love 'an education' and '500 days of summer' and of course the newest one 'black swan'.

i hope i win your book!! want want want!

hila said...

Thank so much everyone for entering!! The winner is Laura :)

Not only did I love reading all your favourite films, but I also deeply appreciate your kind words and encouragement. I'm not disappointed at all that I didn't win - who could be disappointed with readers such as you guys? Thanks for the support! xoxo