Fate Shuffles The Cards

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About how the visit of Manco took place:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jrf3cxURLc#t=40

In the afternoon, the journalist Sebastián de Caro gave me an original Carasucias jersey, Manco´s "11" to be exact. What's incredible is that Sebastián had bought it last week, before I talked about the great forward in the press conference. It´s also impressive that de Caro gave me such an azulgrana gift being a very loyal Boca Juniors supporter, and that he had to give a couple of boots signed by Martín Palermo to the collector to get the historical jersey. Thanks with all my heart, my Bostero friend!

With Arriba el Ciclón
With Arriba el Ciclón
 
P.S.:
We have come back from Mar del Plata to attend to the press for two days in the capital. Today we finished the Argentine promotion, and tomorrow the movie is officially released in the Argentine cinemas. Maybe Lisandro and I will drop by some theatres to see if the projection is good. After the half-disastrous projection offered yesterday to the Buenos Aires journalists, when the Spanish subtitles for the Danish spoken in Jauja didn´t show on the screen, we want to make sure that the film is well presented on the day it's first released in Buenos Aires. The distributors were not in the room yesterday, and we only realised the mistake with the subtitles when we came in halfway through the movie. Those things happen, I guess. Tonight I'm going to watch the Copa Argentina final between Huracán and Rosario Central. As I've been saying for the last few weeks, it seems to me the Quemeros can win it. I hope they do. Tomorrow River and Boca are playing to determine who´s going to the Copa Sudamericana final against Medellín. I think the Gallinas are going to win. If Boca wins, I think that the millionaire barras will burn Nuñez. Lisandro and his family live a few blocks from the Monumental [tr. note: River´s stadium], so I don't want that. It has been an abysmal week for River, with the death of Gallardo's mother, the defeat against Racing (with the loss of the national tournament as a likely consequence,) and the unforgivable violent confrontation between two barras bravas from the club in the Monumental's pastry shop. The Gallinas cannot lose. It would be such an unfair outcome like the tournament they stole from Huracán in 2009, when that team managed by Ángel Cappa, like Gallardo's River is now, was clearly the one playing better soccer in Argentina. The barra thing is really disgraceful and even worse, the headline that I just read in the Porteño newspaper about the brawling of this extremely violent, unpunished element; it said something like "River considers prohibiting entrance to the barrabravas." As if that were something to debate! What the fuck are they waiting for? Come on, government, come on, Cristina and come on, members of Parliament, you motherfuckers! They ought to put all these brutes who attack and steal in jail. Prohibiting them entrance to any stadium in this country is something obvious. It should be more than obvious that these shameless people cannot be allowed to go to matches!

P.S.:
I'm flying to Madrid now. I'm sending you something here that appeared recently in the Spanish newspaper El Pais about the chronic problem of the Argentine barrabravas:

http://deportes.elpais.com/deportes/2014/11/27/actualidad/1417047813_753565.html

I'm very glad about what we were able to achieve together, Fabián. Jauja has not only stimulated a lot of interest in Mar del Plata, with three screenings filling the large Piazzolla room completely, but the exchange with the audience members was a very positive experience. I felt proud of our film and very glad for Lisandro. He took me to Ezeiza to catch the flight to Madrid. Before going there, we went to the theatre in Caballito to see how the audience left the screening. The theatre people let us in to see the last 15 minutes. It was incredible to see the movie there, in a public theatre. I thought about how it would have been for me if I were 18 years old or so, if I were thinking of being an actor or director or scriptwriter, seeing Lisandro Alonso's singularly beautiful story for the first time. I think I would have loved it, that it would have stimulated me, that I would have gone home to write something, to want to create something. Jauja is a work of art that invites you to dream. There weren't many people in the room, but almost everyone left with a somewhat distant, pensive look. We thanked them for having come to see the film and we left. Before getting on the freeway, I asked him if we could go along Avenida La Plata between Inclán and Las Casas so I could spit in front of Carrefour, as I always try to do when I arrive in Buenos Aires and before leaving. Although the Return to Boedo is now almost a reality, until the new stadium exists, I'm not going to stop spitting in front of what was the Gasómetro. No need to slack off, Cuervo.

Now showing, Caballito, 27/11/2014
Now showing, Caballito, 27/11/2014.
© Viggo Mortensen.
 
FABIÁN:

I just got your email and was writing you in my office, where I work. We spent a weekend with cold and rain; little by little, we are removing boxes from the house and making room. These days I'm reminded a lot about work as Gurdjieff outlines it. That idea of super-effort and the constant job of freeing up our behavior in order to keep ourselves awake. Gurdjieff thought that man was basically asleep and in order to wake to total consciousness and have a unique self, it was necessary to constantly work against custom and stereotyped facts.

Georges Ivánovich Gurdjieff
Georges Ivánovich Gurdjieff
 
I think some of that is true, Viggo. I see it in your work, in your long pilgrimages through countries, houses and film sets. In my case, the idea of never settling into a single routine - whether it's the family, work or writing - is akin to this constant movement idea of Gurdjieff's. I'm already thinking about a successor to Jauja, and a short novel, and also a future book of poems. Shortly I will be a father again and will have to fight against the laws of comfort and convenience. That´s how it is. This Saturday, while it was raining, I was finishing bringing Guada some plants that had been left behind in the old house and I wasn't able to watch the CASLA match that it seems was surprising: we beat Estudiantes - always a difficult opponent - four to zero and we were left facing the Club World Cup with the longing [to prove] that it´s not for nothing that we are the champions of the Americas. Just like you, I also have faith that everything is possible. We have to win the first match, and if that happens, three days will follow where you know you are going to play the final. I've also thought a lot about Jauja during these past days. That strange film we made and which gave us so much satisfaction.

The basis was there: <i>Jauja</i> origins
The basis was there: Jauja origins
 
I´m sending you a picture they took of us when we were doing a short film with Lisandro in The Pampa, an exercise that was sort of the seed of Jauja. Undoubtedly, one of the most intense experiences of recent years for me was that moment when the fate of many people metabolized in the production of a film: light technicians, wardrobe, actors, script writers, all of them had to be available in order for this collective colossus, that is a film, to stand on its feet. And that was accomplished.

VIGGO:

Yes, we really beat Pincha [tr. note: Estudiantes' nickname]. Now, here in Madrid, I notice that the sport journalists who are in favour of Real Madrid are beginning to wake up to the reality of San Lorenzo as an imminent opponent, beyond the fact of Pope Francis being another Cuervo. Today I received a request from a newspaper to answer some questions about the Club World Cup and the possible confrontation between Real Madrid and CASLA. The Ancelotti [tr. note: Real Madrid coach] guys are unstoppable. They have achieved 17 consecutive wins, breaking records and leaving scorched ground everywhere. The other day, after winning 2-1 against Málaga, one of the defenders of the team, Sevillian born Sergio Ramos, on being questioned about Mourinho, trying to make him compare the Portuguese with the team´s current coach, said "I have nothing to say to the president of Celta." It happens that the surname of the president of Celta de Vigo is Mouriño, and Ramos was playing the fool. It was an obviously rehearsed sentence to break Mourinho´s balls for the psychological damage he inflicted on the team and on the collective spirit of Madrid supporters during his three years as a Machiavellian coach here in Spain's capital. Ramos' answer seemed amusing to me, but I also see a lot of self confidence in it, maybe too much. Careful with Ciclón, Sergio...

Ramos defends in the Rose Garden, 29/11/2014
Ramos defends in the Rose Garden, 29/11/2014
 

Another thing about the international scourge of the barrabravas - last weekend some violent guys from Atlético de Madrid killed a violent guy from Deportivo de La Coruña. The reaction of the two clubs and the League was almost immediate. The barras involved, the Atlético Front and the Riazor Blues, were expelled and will not be allowed to enter the stadium again. That's the way it's done, AFA! That's the way, Argentina. Come on. As you've already heard, Fabián, the Argentine distributor of Jauja has lowered the boom a few days after the premiere of our film in Buenos Aires. Although there are other movies that have sold less tickets, they will continue in the theatres for one or two weeks more in spite of that; ours remains in only one room in the capital, the Gaumont, a space sponsored by the INCAA (National Institute of Film and Audiovisual Arts) in Avenida Rivadavia 1635, across from the Plaza del Congreso. If anyone is interested in seeing our lovely story on the screen, here are the telephone number and the map for that theatre:

Tel: 4371 3050

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It's worth saying at this point, that the INCAA has supported us from beginning to end and I hope that Jauja has a long run in the Gaumont. On the other hand, the entity that distributes the film in Argentina, that could have made a minimal effort to ask that it remain a week in the 16 theatres in Buenos Aires in which it began last Thursday, the 27th of November or at least in more than one single theatre (so that people who are just now reading the very positive reviews and commentaries about our film, could see it this weekend near their neighborhood), chickened out a bit. That's how it is and whatever they say, those responsible at that distributor know it. I understand that the business of showing and keeping an independent, unusual film in theatres is not at all easy these days. The minimum audience laws are what they are, but there's flexibility and one can talk and negotiate with those that run the theatres if one wants. They are priorities that one chooses, decisions that are taken, like the bad ones that the board of CASLA took and the good ones by Matías Lammens and Marcelo Tinelli's current one that are being taken in order to defend the interests of our dear club. What remains of the limited run of Jauja in the Argentine theatres is a great film that will be a reference for the national cinema for many years. The legend of Jauja will continue growing. As José de San Martín said, "A well-fought defeat is worth more than a chance victory." We've fought with our ideas and the poetry that we have - you, Lisandro, Timo Salminen, I and the others from our cinematography crew. It was never going to be either a victory or a chance defeat for Jauja. Like Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, Jauja will endure and be remembered with love.

Lammens was with us
Lammens was with us
 
Look at this praise for San Lorenzo supporters that appeared last week in France:

http://www.lagrinta.fr/san-lorenzo-la-symphonie-du-football-mondial&7245/

In Mundoazulgrana.com.ar, they alluded to this news:

http://mundoazulgrana.com.ar/san-lorenzo/noticias/en_francia_se_rinden_a_los_pies_de_la_hinchada_del_ciclon-15121.html

P.P.S.:
We won our last match in the local tournament against Vélez in their stadium. Last year the result of the last match of the tournament in December, also played in the Amalfitani, gave us the championship. This time the result leaves San Lorenzo in the middle of the ranking, but at ease with the good pace and confidence that a good final streak brings. Ciclón is ready for the last leg of preparation previous to their two matches in the Club World Cup. Best of all for me, thinking about what awaits us in Marrakech, is that we've recovered a certain dynamism in the attack, with Kannemann and Barrientos again showing their great quality, and Villalba reaching with intelligence and speed the opponent´s area. The worse was the bad loser comment by the opponent coach José Flores, and also the bad attitude from the Fortineros barras shouting at their players after the defeat.


Villalba is ready for Marrakech
Villalba is ready for Marrakech
 
After the victory in Liniers, Bauza decided to set the team free for the rest of the weekend. That's smart. Let the Cuervos enjoy themselves and rest a little before their last training sessions in Bajo Flores and the flight to Africa next Thursday. Let's see if Romagnoli, Mercier and Cauteruccio arrive healthy for the great challenge that begins for CASLA on December 17. San Lorenzo will need the veterans to play at their highest level in Marrakech. I'll be there, so that this time you will be able to call me in the stadium, brother!

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