Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Spain Wrap-up! (Un poco tarde)

Here I am posting about Spain - weeks late (Mexico City Wrap-Up jumped the queue). Better late than never and Spain definitely deserves a post. To start off with, it is rumoured that Spanish men are very macho - I won't comment on that but I think the stance of this Spanish Lion says it all.

The These Girls tour of Spain started off in Valencia. Even thought I was in Valencia for less than 24 hours I felt like I was there longer. Thanks to Carlos - our translator and guide - we learned more in a few hours than I usually learn in a year. Here is a photo of Carlos with Diana Sanchez - intrepid Toronto Film Festival Programmer and Film Circuit representative in Spain. We are standing on the top of the medieval gates of Valencia, while modern European progress looms in the background.

The screenings were held at the La Filmoteca and if I ever get any of the photos of me introducing the film - employing my halting and stuttering Spanish - I will post them. The screening went very well, and even with electronic subtitles (the dialogue appears at the bottom of the screen on a led type display) the humour translated and the audience really got into it. After the screening we all went out to dinner with the nice people from the La Filmoteca. Strangely enough I was not treated to Paella, which Valencia is famous for, but to some very nice French cuisine. However, Carlos - that walking encyclopedia - did give me a thorough run down of all the aspects of paella (type of rice, type of water, types of meats, how the surf and turf mix, which is now common, was a modern thing, etc.) Here we are after dinner, mugging for the camera. Thanks so much to everyone at La Filmoteca.

A true testament to Europe's sense of civilization - a sense that we barbarians in North America have never understood - is the train service. Here is my breakfast on the train (Renfe) from Valencia to Madrid - I love the tiny bottle of olive oil. It was hard to come back to the cattle cars that are offered on Via Rail, here in Canada, and Amtrack in the US.

Then it was on to Madrid and the screenings there. I was joined by Cam Haynes, mastermind behind The Film Circuit, and Sean Garrity director of Lucid, another fine Canadian film showing in Madrid. Here is Sean and Cam in the glass elevator of the Reina Sophie Museum - yes we took in some culture, Picasso's Guernica was showing with all the preparatory sketches. A grim and powerful reminder of the horrors of war - Guernica at the museum and Middle East crisis playing on CNN back at the hotel.

I don't want to make it seem like Spain is nothing but food and lions with big cojones but I do think that if you had to sum up the place in a word it would be - Jamón.


Blogger Jo said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Spain and I'm delighted that the film got a good reception.

I watched the DVD again last weekend with a friend and we both enjoyed it immensely. We both commented on how nice it would be to see it on a cinema screen!

How about those addresses for bugging UK contacts??

2:45 p.m.  
Blogger Jo said...

Maybe another clip of These Girls that needs to be removed. This one's on

4:19 p.m.  
Blogger Red Devil said...

jo - I think that the clip is okay. It's just direct from the film. Some of the comments are pretty over the top, but what can you do? Maybe more people will be introduced to the film by seeing these posts on youtube, then they can see the whole movie and see the footage in context.

I still don't have any contact info for British distributors. Thanks for the support though. I do know it was recently sent to one distributor and we are waiting to hear back from them.


8:54 p.m.  
Blogger Jo said...

Keep us posted! I'm sure there are many David Boreanaz fans in the UK who would love to see him on the big screen.

If you're happy with the clip at YouTube there's no need for me to worry. I guess it's the line between putting the whole film on the net and putting just a wee clip on the net. Does one count as piracy and the other as advertising?

4:59 a.m.  
Blogger assemblage said...

Hey John! I googled you and wound up at your blog. Congratulations! It looks like you're doing very well! Er, this is weird cuz I feel like I'm communicating to you across an extraordinary time-space thing. Anyway, all uhms and ahhs aside, I was just reading a letter you sent to me after I had just moved to Toronto. What hit me was that I had obviously missed a friendship opportunity, dropped the ball or whatever it is that happens to us in these affective intensities we encounter in life. I've had lots, a couple of shrinks, etc. Anyway John, I just wanted to say Hi to you after all these years. I think the last time I saw you was with Deke in Red Deer at a beer parlour next to the movie theatre, all of which is now a 'remand centre'. It would be great to catch up with you if that's possible or interesting to you. If not, just wanted to send regards from my now somewhat wiser, gentler yet even angrier self to the razor-sharpness that was [is?] -- you. Best to you John! Rob Gill, RDC Art and Design Diploma, 1984 ;-)

4:23 p.m.  
Blogger Red Devil said...

Rob - Wow, a blast from the past. I have often thought of you over the years (I have sometimes wondered if I would run into you in Toronto) and would love to catch up. You can email me directly at

12:20 p.m.  

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