It must be nice to be the president. In addition to having helicopters, jumbo jets, and motorcades, you get to rifle through the cellars of the National Gallery and the Hirschhorn for artistic masterpieces to adorn your home for the next four to eight years.
As with all of our recent presidents, the artistic choices made by Barack Obama and his wife (since first ladies traditionally play a big role in decorating the White House) say a lot about the first couple and what they want to say about themselves. It is evident, for example, that the Obamas (with their selection of Degas sculptures and Morandi still-lifes) are far more Europhile than either the Clintons or the Bushes (father or son), and one is struck by their willingness to live with art that is not only avant-garde, but also on occasion downright radical.
— From Bogotá.
Nicolás Entel is a movie director from Argentina (he also happens to be the big brother of one of my baby sister’s friends, which is how I heard of him).
Nicolás was interviewed two days ago by Christiane Amanpour because he is promoting his new documentary, called Sins of My Father, in which he follows the son of Pablo Escobar as he meets the sons of the men killed by his father in the 1980s.
The sons of two of Escobar’s most prominent victims (Lara Bonilla, justice minister who actively fought the Medellín cartel headed by said drug lord, and Galán, a presidential candidate) are now both in politics, following in their illustrious parents’ footsteps. They agreed to the encounter. The result is an emotional tale of reconciliation, close to the heart of any Colombian who has seen their country torn by narcotráfico. It feels important. But years have passed and all are eager on move on. It’s time to win other battles and look to the future. One of them - Galán’s boy - sums it up, just before hugging Juan Pablo Escobar: “P’alante, hermano.”
The movie will be released at the 22nd International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, between the 19 and 29 of November. I urge you to watch the interview (here or here) and read more about it.
— Thanks to the sis, From London.
- Eric: He manages more than 2 trillion dollars.
- Me: TRILLION.
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