Viggo, yesterday afternoon I watched the national team match, the one that, to me, Messi´s team won fair and square. While I was watching it, I thought that I would like to be able to watch all CASLA matches like this, quiet, enjoying the game, without getting nervous, but I can´t. When CASLA plays, I go crazy. However, as much as I try, with the Argentina national team, I don´t feel the same. Argentina is my country, but CASLA is my club and my club is my neighbourhood where I was born. I´m a patriot of the Boedo neighbourhood and nothing more.
Good morning, Cuervo. I´m writing to you from the woods. I will send you this answer when I return to town this afternoon, when I´ll be able to connect to the internet. Now I´m connecting with you. Tomorrow the shoot begins. We are undertaking an ambitious project. I will work almost the entire film with six "children" who are between six and eighteen years old, living together in a big "tipi," hunting deer and other animals, growing vegetables, living off nature. We have stacks of books, the "children" read Schopenhauer, Chomsky, Socrates, Einstein, Yeats, Shakespeare, Borges, and talk about all kinds of philosophy, science, poetry, etc. Their "mother" and I teach them, they don´t go to any other school, we don´t have TV. We play soccer, climb mountains, fish, swim, build our lives collectively and effectively, without disturbing anyone. We discuss things, everybody is entitled to an opinion, there´s no subject that cannot be covered. Our family is a true democracy, and the Socratic method prevails in all our activities. At the beginning of the story in this movie, it seems we have made the ideas behind Plato´s Republic tangible and functional. But the moment comes when we all have to come out of the woods, and the clash with modern society bring us problems of coexistence and a philosophical crisis. I´ll tell you more later.
The visit with your dad brings to mind similar moments with my parents, with my grandfather and other loved ones who have suffered what seems to us a fogginess, a loss of mental strength, a slow goodbye. I´m deeply sorry about what´s happening to your father, and above all, what it provokes in you. It´s hard not to get the same kind of communication, that relatively easy link we always had with these people we know and who know us so well. It´s hard, but it doesn´t mean that the possibility of understanding each other is lost, even when there are no words left and absent looks stray over to the curtains or into the darkness. These [pieces of] circular wood your old man requires... I think that´s what we are, different circles of wood that roll or don´t, that can be painted or decorated, that are young and flexible or dry and fragile, but they remain round pieces of wood, fragments of big trees that always grew and will continue growing, that can make us remember and smell the forests and planks of our childhood. I love you, brother.
Since I have in mind thoughts and feelings connected to our parents, and at the same time, the cinematographic challenge I have ahead of me right now, I recall a thing that the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni said:
"Hollywood is like being nowhere talking to nobody about nothing."
In this rather depressing quote from the creator of The Girl Friends
, The Adventure
and The Passenger
, among other films, I would replace the word "Hollywood" by the word "Living." We have the opportunity, but never the obligation, to make sense of life, to try to speak to any person anywhere about something that help us understand each other.
I see that after our last chat you tried to get excited about the World Cup and the national team, but you didn´t manage to feel the passion that the Ciclón give you. I understand you. As we have said so many times, San Lorenzo is a unique and deep feeling, a feeling we will always share. It´s not the same, but I like the World Cup for the drama it has, the theatre - not always good but almost always interesting on a sociological, human level - that it shows us. Germany will play against Brazil in the first semi-final, and I think that the South American brothers are going to suffer in that match, unless luck with the referees and patriotism is with them. I don't think the host's patriotism is going to throw the Germans. The Germans are very professional and they'll come out to control the game from the get-go, with their nerves under control. Even with Neymar, if he could play, I think the Germans would be the superior team. I would like to see a final between Argentina and Brazil, but I don't have confidence that the Green and Yellow will be able to advance. They've already gone far with a fairly mediocre team. Argentina's not going to have it easy with Holland either, a national team that has demonstrated in this tournament that they have a lot of grit and a good passing game. Van Gaal, the head coach of the Orange, is very sharp and on Wednesday, he's going to present a team that's tactically and psychologically well-prepared. If Di María doesn't play, Messi's going to have to carry the team on his shoulders again, but it has to be said that Sabella did very well in the quarter final against Belgium. The defence was impeccable and the Belgians almost never got to Romero's posts. Demichelis was a good bet in that game and I think the team is going to hold onto a fairly good collective rhythm. It's about time. Let's see if the semi-finals give us some beautiful soccer, two high level games and clean play. Clean play doesn't seem to interest the Grondona family and their buddies much. Did you see the report in Olé
? Scalped tickets have appeared in the name of the Grondonas and Humberto defended himself. Barrabravas with tickets from the AFA. [tr. note: Argentine Soccer Association and Julio Humberto Grondona is president of the AFA.]