I love how everyone's film festival experience is completely different. I read Dan Slevin's Preview: 2011 Film Festival, and there's almost no overlap between us (except for an architecture doco that's on my C-list).
Anyway, tickets have been bought, and here's what I'm definitely going to:
Cave of Forgotten Dreams: I've always wanted to see the paintings in Chauvet-Pont-D'Arc, and a 3D tour guided by Werner Herzog seems like my best bet to achieve this dream.
13 Assassins: Takeshi Miike does a samurai film that's better than his best film? That's some hype I need to check out for myself.
Taxi Driver: I really disliked this the first time I saw it, but I suspect I completely missed the point. Seeing a restored print in 35mm seems like the best way to determine what I think of it.
Another Earth: Seeing the trailer after Sundance sold me on the tone it looks like this film's going for: introspective, melancholic science-fiction.
Troll Hunter: Actually, I'm a little suspicious of this one. I fear that a mocumentary about troll disposal experts in Scandanavia might actually be a little too silly to be good, but I'm prepared to take a chance on it.
And I'm also intending to go to these daytime sessions:
Martha Marcy May Marlene: my must-see of the festival due to the subject matter: a young woman trying to leave a cult.
Metropolis: Just like with Greed, you only get a few chances to see classics on the big screen. I'm going to take this one.